Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts this weekend:
music: quartet concert
should quartet — Robin Scott and Janet Ying, violins; Phillip Ying, viola; and David Ying, cello — Performing for the Little Rock Chamber Music Society at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 West 17th Street, Little Rock tonight at 7:30pm. Programme: String Quartet, Op. 11, by Samuel Barber; “Southern Harmony” by Jennifer Higdon; “Agitato” by Billy Childs; and No. 13 in G Major, by Antonin Dvořák String Quartet, Op. 106. This is followed by a meet and greet with musicians, offering wine and snacks. Admission is $25, free for students. Visit chambermusicLR.com/tickets.
28 singers from the U.S. and abroad will take the stage at noon Saturday Metropolitan Opera Lafont Competition, Arkansas District, in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. Free admission.
The three-person jury: Jane Klaviter, prompter and assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera; Catherine Kelly, director of music studies at the Vienna State Opera; and Carroll Freeman, opera tenor, director and music educator. Freeman’s credits include Inspiration Point outside Eureka Springs and Ozarks operas at the Arkansas Opera Theatre.
As many as two or three regional winners will compete in the Midwest regional competition in Tulsa on Feb. 18 against winners from the Tulsa, St. Louis and Kansas City areas; regional winners will compete on April 17 National semi-finals on 12 April 2019, and the final concert will be held at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, New York City on April 23. That concert will be broadcast live; tickets are available at metopera.org.
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions began in 1954 to identify promising young opera singers and assist them in their career development. Singers who got their start through auditions include Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Stephanie Bryce, Eric Owens, Lawrence Brownlee, Lisette Oropesa, Jamie Barton, Michael Fabiano, Anthony Ross Costanzo, Ryan Speedo-Green and Nadine Serra. In 2022, it will be renamed the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition to honor the gift of the Laffont family.
theater: sing “cinderella”
Positive Images in Christ in association with Central High School, Helena-West Helena Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” Today and Friday at 7pm at the school, 103 School Road, West Helena. Tickets are $7, student tickets are $5. Call (501) 420-3704 or visit advanceministries.regfox.com/cinderella.
Art: library exhibition
“specimen” North Little Rock native Marcus Vasquez’s watercolors of various insects on tea bags will be held at the Argenta Library, 420 Main Street, North Little Rock, Friday, 5-8 p.m. Presented at the Friday Art Walk reception. The exhibition runs until February 10th. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. Free admission. Call (501) 687-1061 or visit NLRLibrary.org.
The Bradbury Museum of Art, located in the Arkansas State University Fowler Center at 201 Olympic Blvd. in Jonesboro, is hosting two exhibitions and receptions today from 5-6:30 pm:
◼️ “Moon Shine,” photo by Rachel Boillot, assistant professor of art at Arizona State University, “inspired by the musical heritage of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau and explores the memory of female musicians in Appalachia,” according to the release .
◼️ “Inspired 8,” 50 pieces by students from 10 area high schools for an annual competitive exhibition in which students create work based on what they see and hear during their visits to the museum—specifically, “People/Places/ Things,” an exhibition exploring the concept of realism. Included in People/Places/Things is Brooklyn, New York-based artist Stephanie H. Shih, who has selected works for the exhibition.
Both exhibitions run until February 8th. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday noon to 5pm. Free admission. Call (870) 972-3765 or email visitBAM@AState.edu.