Department of Music

Arts & Life Performance Series

The Arts and 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 purchase tickets at Special rates available for groups of 5 or more by contacting the Department of Music office at 501-279-4343.

Raul Midon

Sept. 24/25 - RAUL MIDÓN

The Arts and Life Performance Series is pleased to present an online concert with multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy nominee, singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Raul Midón.  Raul has worked with many great performers, including Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz and Herbie Hancock.  Information on how to stream this 2-day-only free concert will be posted at

John McEuen

Oct. 17 - John McEuen

Due to Covid-19 protocols, admission for Harding I.D. holders only.

4:00 p.m. Front Lawn.   (Rain day: Oct. 18 at 2:00 p.m. )

A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen has astounded audiences for decades with his impeccable skill as a player of guitar, banjo and just about anything with strings.  Billboard described his music as “An absolute aural feast!”  Enjoy both McEuen and fellow Dirt Band member, John Cable, as they remind us of our American musical roots. And show up early to enjoy Harding’s own Chuck Hicks as he opens the show.


Nov. 7 - Jaimee Paul and Leif Shires quintet.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, admission for Harding I.D. holders only.  

3:00 p.m. Front Lawn.

If you missed them last Valentine's week, don't make the same mistake again as wife and husband team, Jaimee Paul and Leif Shires, return for an outdoor concert with their full quintet!  Dove award nominee, Jaimee has toured with Wynonna Judd and Kelly Clarkson, but in more recent years she stepped out on her own as a solo vocalist specializing in jazz and pop standards.  Jazz Times observed that "Paul is blessed with a glorious voice (indeed, there's significant evidence of [Aretha] Franklin's raw majesty), one that deserves to travel under its own powerful steam."  Leif's skills on trumpet, along with their pianist, bassist and drummer, complete the combo as they share innovative arrangements of your favorite songs.  

Christopher Adkins

March 18 - Christopher Adkins with Scott Carrell

Due to Covid-19 protocols, admission for Harding I.D. holders only.

7:00 p.m. Administration Auditorium.

Principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Grammy nominee, Christopher Adkins, will perform a recital of music by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and others, in collaboration with Scott Carrell on piano.


Previous Performances

Annie Moses Band
Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Carion Wind Quintet
Chris Brubeck Trio
Clara Campbell Christian, piano
Carmen Cusack, Broadway leading lady
Rosana Eckert, vocal jazz
Tom Gallant, oboe, with the Tesla String Quartet
Andrew Harnsberger, marimba
Chinese Golden Dragon Circus
Intersection Trio, violin, cello and piano
Janoska Ensemble
Julie Fowlis, Celtic music
Brad Leali, saxophone
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Natural State Brass Band
New York Classical Players, chamber orchestra
Newpoli, Italian folk music
Jaimee Paul and Leif Shires
Gustavo Romero, piano
Russian Renaissance
Russian String Orchestra
Saint Louis Brass
Swingle Singers
The Queen's Cartoonists
David Walton, tenor
Washington Saxophone Quartet
Women of the World, a cappella group

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4086

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