Other fun, events and crafts this weekend:
MUSIC: Quartet Concert
The Ying Quartet – Robin Scott and Janet Ying, violin; Phillip Ying, viola; and David Ying, cello – performs for the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, 7:30 pm today at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., Little Rock. Program: The String Quartet, op.11, by Samuel Barber; “Southern Harmony” by Jennifer Higdon; “Agitato” by Billy Childs; and String Quartet No. 13 in G major, op.106, by Antonin Dvorak. A music festival with wine and snacks follows. Admission is $25, free for students. Go to chambermusicLR.com/tickets.
He went through auditions
Twenty-eight singers from across the United States and abroad will be on the field Saturday afternoon for the concert Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, Arkansas State, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. Admission is free.
A panel of three judges: Jane Klaviter, director and assistant with the Metropolitan Opera; Kathleen Kelly, director of music education at the Vienna State Opera; and Carroll Freeman, an operatic tenor, director and music teacher whose credits include Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point outside Eureka Springs and the Arkansas Opera Theatre.
Most regional winners of two or three will advance to the Midwest Regional competition on Feb. 18 in Tulsa, competing against winners from the Tulsa, St. Louis and Kansas City; regional winners compete in the international semifinals on April 17, and the Grand Finals Concert on April 23, on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City. The concert will be presented; tickets are available at meopera.org.
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions began in 1954 to find promising young singers and help develop their careers. The singers who started the auditions are Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens, Lawrence Brownlee, Lisette Oropesa, Jamie Barton, Michael Fabiano, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Ryan Speedo Green and Nadine Sierra. In 2022 it was renamed the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, in recognition of a gift from the Laffont family.
THEN: Singing ‘Cinderella’
Positive Images in Christ, in partnership with Central High School in Helena-West Helena, is playing Rodgers and Hammerstein “Cinderella” 7pm today and Friday at the school, 103 School Road, West Helena. Tickets are $7, $5 for students. Call (501) 420-3704 or visit advanceministries.regfox.com/cinderella.
Art: Library display
“Samples,” watercolor paintings of various insects on tea bags by North Little Rock native Marcus Vasquez, attends the Third-Friday Art Walk exhibit and party, 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Argenta Library, 420 Main St., North Little Rock. The exhibition will remain until Feb. 10. Gallery hours are 9 am-6 pm Monday-Friday. Admission is free. Call (501) 687-1061 or visit NLRLibrary.org.
The Bradbury Art Museum, at Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, opens two exhibitions and a reception, 5-6:30 p.m. today:
◼️ “Moon Shine,” a series of photographs by Rachel Boillot, assistant professor of art at ASU, “is inspired by the musical heritage of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau and explores the memories of women musicians in the Appalachian region,” according to a news release.
◼️ “Inspired 8,” 50 works by students from 10 high schools, in the annual competitive exhibition in which students created works based on what they saw while visiting the museum – in particular, “People/Places/Things,” an exhibition that examines the concept of reality . Juror Stephanie H. Shih, an artist from Brooklyn, NY whose work is included within “People / Places / Things,” selected the work in the exhibition.
All of these shows are still available until Feb. 8. Hours are noon-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. Call (870) 972-3765 or email BAM@Astate.edu.