Arts & Life Performance Series
The Arts and Life Series at Harding University brings world-class performers to our Searcy audience.
All performances will be in the Administration Auditorium, except for “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” at the Benson Auditorium on Nov. 6.
Free entry with a valid Harding ID; no ticket required.
Other guests purchase tickets at www.hardingtickets.com.
Season pass: $35 for all 7 events; Feb. 12 benefit dinner sold separately.
Individual events: $8 online or $10 at the door; online sales end 2 hours before the event.
Group sales: $5 per person for groups of 5 people or more; call Harding Music at 501-279-4343.
Seating is general admission; there are no reserved seats.
Click here for a map to the Administration Auditorium. You can also set your GPS destination for 940 E Park Ave, Searcy, AR 72143.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:00 p.m., Administration Auditorium
Called “technically superb” (The Strad), the Tesla String Quartet will collaborate with oboist Tom Gallant, “a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit” (The New Yorker), as they present an evening of memorable classics.
Sunday, Oct. 7, 3:00 p.m., Administration Auditorium
Recognized for their performance of folk, jazz, tango and other genres on traditional instruments, Russian Renaissance was hailed by Arts at Michigan for “one of the finest displays of musicianship in the world.” Winning the top award at the 2017 M-Prize Competition in Ann Arbor cemented their position as one of the most talented international chamber groups today.
David Payne , "An Evening with C.S. Lewis"
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7:00 p.m., Benson Auditorium
Back for an unprecedented third year in a row, David Payne will portray C.S. Lewis again as intimate conversation with the late Christian author of The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity unfolds on Harding’s stage. The Chicago Stage Standard observed that it “makes you feel like you’re at your grandparents’ house, listening to your grandfather’s stories,” and “the brilliant portrayal of Lewis comes from a man who doesn’t seem far off from the real thing.”
Friday, Feb. 1, 7:00 p.m., Administration Auditorium
Harding is honored to host the Grammy-award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The L.A. Times poses the question: “The world’s hottest classical ensemble or its tightest pop band? However it helps you to think about the LAGQ, keep the emphasis on superlatives….” Classical guitar enthusiasts are welcome at the 2:00 p.m. master class in the Donald W. Reynolds Center Recital Hall.
Valentine's Day themed Arts & Life Benefit Dinner
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:00 p.m., Cone Chapel
Join us for the second-annual Arts and Life Benefit Dinner in Harding’s beautiful Cone Chapel with music, delicious food and a romantic atmosphere. Service beginning at 5:00 p.m. Each ticket for dinner ensures free entrance to the jazz concert that follows at 7:30 p.m. Check back here soon for more details.
Rosana Eckert, vocal jazz singer with the Harding Jazz Band
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Administration Auditorium
Rosana Eckert will perform an evening of romantic songs with the Harding University Jazz Band. Throughout her career she has sung with many jazz greats, including Lyle Mays, Kenny Wheeler, George Duke, Jon Faddis, Bobby McFerrin, and the renowned vocal quartet New York Voices. Her last album release, Small Hotel, was “highly recommended” by LA Jazz Scene. Come and see for yourself why AllAboutJazz.com called her “…fresh and sophisticated.”
Wednesday, March 27, 8:15 p.m., Administration Auditorium
The Janoska Ensemble, three brothers from Slovakia and their German brother-in-law, seeks to restore to the classics the lost art of improvisation. The group, now based in Vienna, is famous for a hybrid of musical genres. While they may begin a classical piece on their violins, piano and double bass, the music quickly evolves, smoothly crossing over to jazz, Latin, and other popular styles in lively musical banter.
Andrew Harnsberger, marimba, with the Harding University Percussion Ensemble
Friday, April 26, 7 p.m., Administration Auditorium
National Public Radio asserted that Andrew Harnsberger “is a joy to watch in performance and a feast for the ears. The sensitivity and strength in his live playing was a treasure for the audience...simply phenomenal!” The Washington Post was no less complimentary: “His performance was a vivid demonstration of the power of music...riveting and profoundly artistic." Enjoy the energizing sounds of one of the percussion world’s great performers in concert with Harding’s Percussion Ensemble.