Department of Music

Arts & Life Performance Series

The Arts & Life Series at Harding University brings world-class performers to our Searcy audience.

Free entry with a valid Harding ID; no ticket required. Other guests may purchase season passes ($25/person) or tickets for individual events ($8/person) at Special rates available for groups of 5 or more by contacting the Department of Music office at 501-279-4343.  At the door, tickets are $10/person. Children 12 and under are free. Unless otherwise noted, all performances will take place in the Administration Auditorium.

Cedar Hill

Tim Crouch

Sept. 16, 7:00 p.m.

CEDAR HILL bluegrass band
with special guest artist, TIM CROUCH, fiddle

Since 1967, the Arkansas bluegrass band, CEDAR HILL, has been entertaining audiences from the Performing Arts Centers of London, England, to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.  This September they will share music that is close to the hearts of Arkansans, appearing on the Harding stage with international fiddle star, Tim Crouch. Whether in the recording studio or at Carnegie Hall, Crouch has played with some of the best-known country and bluegrass artists including: Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Marty Raybon, Dolly Parton, Billy Bob Thornton, Tanya Tucker, Ricky Skaggs, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Charlie Pride, and many others.  We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening of home-grown music as we celebrate Family Weekend at Harding.

 Watch Tim Crouch

Listen to Cedar Hill

Julie Fowlis

October 21, 7:00 p.m. with pre-show entertainment starting at 6:00 p.m.

Heritage Park

Free admission to all

JULIE FOWLIS, Celtic singer

If you liked "Java and Jazz," last year's collaboration with Searcy's Beats and Eats, you're going to love this year's "Kilts and Coffee," as we feature the Scottish singer, JULIE FOWLIS, the star singer in Disney's "Brave."  Like last year, local vendors will be selling their baked goods, coffee, tea and other specialties in Heritage Park.  Come at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy pre-show bagpipers and Irish folk dancers as well!

This event is outdoors so we recommend bringing lawn chairs or blankets to sit on!

Watch Julie Fowlis

Ted Ludwig

Jan. 19, 7:00 p.m.

TED LUDWIG TRIO, featuring TED LUDWIG, jazz guitarist

TED LUDWIG returns to our stage for a full-length concert after a "teaser" at "Java and Jazz" last fall.  Offbeat Magazine affirms that: " Ted Ludwig is one superb jazz guitarist...As Ludwig's fingers caress and dance across his 7-string guitar, the New Orleans native delivers a passion and precision that is jazz guitar playing at its most engaging and accessible best."  JAZZIZ magazine adds that "he can flat burn up the fingerboard with mind boggling technique!"

Barron Ryan MAAA

AR Arts Council

Feb. 14 - Annual Valentine's Dinner and Concert

5:30 p.m. - Dinner in Cone Chapel
7:30 p.m. - Concert in the Administration Auditorium

BARRON RYAN, pianist

Smithsonian Magazine named Barron Ryan "One of Ten Innovators to Watch in 2021."  Ryan grew up in a house with the sounds of artists ranging from Mozart to Michael Jackson; so when it comes to his own work, he's not content to draw from just one influence.  He combines them all into a musical adventure that is vintage, yet fresh; historical, yet hip; classic, yet cool...and for this special occasion, romantic too!

Watch Barron Ryan

Dinner:  Held in Cone Chapel, with an inspiring view overlooking Harding's campus and live piano music, the dinner is still just $25 per person!  Dinner tickets may be purchased at  Each dinner ticket includes complimentary admission to the concert.  Come and see why people return for the food and entertainment year after year!

Dinner Menu: Harvest salad with a honey mustard dressing, chipotle brined pork chop, lemon pepper chicken, maple bacon brussels sprouts, candied butternut squash, chocolate cake, rolls and whipped butter, tea and water.

Aubrey Logan

Apr. 20, 7:00 p.m.

AUBREY LOGAN, vocal jazz singer and trombonist, and her TRIO and the HU JAZZ BAND

To finish out the Arts and Life season on a high note, AUBREY LOGAN and her TRIO will wow us with many surprises, as she can take a standard from the jazz, rock, funk, pop...or even the opera world and make it her own!  Aubrey produces music that brings hope, joy and a touch of fun to her audiences.  Dave Koz says "Aubrey is that rare artist who comes along once in a very long while.  She truly makes you stop in your tracks...She's the total package."  To top off an already perfect evening, LOGAN will also perform a few tunes with the HU JAZZ BAND under the direction of ANDREW COOK.


Previous Performances

  • Meroë Khalia Adeeb, soprano
  • Christopher Adkins, cello
  • Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers
  • American Boychoir
  • Anam, Celtic ensemble
  • Andrea Anderson, harpsichord and clavichord
  • Rosario Andino, piano
  • Aquila Theater
  • Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
  • Artie Shaw Orchestra
  • Annie Moses Band
  • Maria Bachmann, violin
  • Bachmann-Klibonoff-Fridman Trio
  • Baltimore Consort
  • Marvin Blickenstaff, piano
  • Bonnie Rideout Scottish Trio
  • Stephen Mark Brown, tenor
  • Brubeck Brothers Quartet
  • David Burgess, guitar
  • Cambridge Buskers
  • Cantus
  • Capitol City Opera
  • Tony Caramia, piano
  • Carion Wind Quintet
  • Bill Carrothers, jazz piano
  • Chestnut Brass Quintet
  • Chinese Golden Dragon Circus
  • Ron Chioldi, piano
  • Chris Brubeck Trio
  • Clara Campbell Christian, piano
  • Chinese Golden Dragon Circus
  • Colorado Quartet
  • Commodores - U.S. Navy Jazz Band
  • Andrew Cooperstock, piano
  • Carmen Cusack, Broadway leading lady
  • Alice Downs, piano
  • Rosana Eckert, vocal jazz
  • Tom Gallant, oboe, with the Tesla String Quartet
  • Andrew Harnsberger, marimba
  • Ethos Percussion Ensemble
  • Joel Fan, piano
  • Mac Frampton, piano
  • Ryan Fogg, piano
  • Julie Fowlis, Celtic music
  • GrooveLily
  • Pete Huttlinger, guitar
  • Intersection Trio, violin, cello and piano
  • Eugene Istomen, piano
  • Petar Jankovic, guitar
  • Janoska Ensemble
  • Janus Trio
  • Katona Twins, guitar
  • La Vera Constanza, basset horn trio
  • Layali El Andalus
  • Brad Leali, saxophone
  • Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Colleen Mallett, soprano
  • Mantovani Orchestra
  • Jura Margulis, piano
  • Michael Mauldin, "An Evening with Mark Twain"
  • Maynard Ferguson Band
  • Megan McCorkle, soprano
  • Memphis Chamber Opera
  • Merling Trio
  • John McEuen & John Cable of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Raul Midón, guitar and singer/songwriter
  • National Shakespeare Company
  • Natural State Brass Band
  • Nebraska Theater Caravan
  • New York Classical Players, chamber orchestra
  • Newpoli, Italian folk music
  • Douglas Niedt, guitar
  • Octarium, vocal ensemble
  • Opera a la Carte
  • Orchid Ensemble, Chinese fusion
  • Jaimee Paul and Leif Shires
  • David Payne, "An Evening with C.S. Lewis"
  • Frank Pitts, baritone
  • Beth Porter, soprano
  • Quink, vocal ensemble
  • Ronald Radford, flamenco guitar
  • Jerome Reed, piano
  • Tatiana Roitman Mann and Cindy Wu, piano and violin
  • Gustavo Romero, piano
  • Rosa Inciaca, Argentine folk duo
  • Don Ross, guitar
  • Roman Rudnytsky, piano
  • Russian Renaissance
  • Russian String Orchestra
  • Neil Rutman, piano
  • Saint Louis Brass
  • Kathleen Scheide, harpsichord
  • Sinta Saxophone Quartet
  • Crispian Steele Perkins, natural trumpet
  • Stephanie Samarias, soprano
  • Sea Chanters
  • Tim and Kristin Smith, piano and cello
  • Swingle Singers
  • Dana and Sue Talley, tenor and piano
  • Dan Tepfer, piano
  • The Altinos, cello and piano
  • The Flying Karamazov Brothers
  • The Merling Trio
  • The Queen's Cartoonists
  • The Rhodes Show
  • The United States Army Band
  • The United States Marine Band
  • Gustavo and Maria Tolosa, piano
  • Priscilla Tsai and Oksana Poesbook, violin and piano
  • David Walton, tenor
  • Carmen Walker, soprano
  • Rosilee Walker, piano
  • Teresa Walters, piano
  • Washington Saxophone Quartet
  • Women of the World, a cappella group
  • Di Wu, piano
  • Kelly Yoakum, harp

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4086

Mailing address:
Harding University
Music Department
HU 10767
Searcy, AR 72149-5615