Music Department

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

Season pass: $35 for all 7 events; Feb. 12 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. 

Thomas Gallant  Tesla String Quartet

Tom Gallant, oboe, with the Tesla String Quartet

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.

Finals Round: Tesla Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 131

Divertimento in C performed by Thomas Gallant, Caeli Smith and Asa Maynard

Russian Renaissance

Russian Renaissance

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.

Russian Renaissance:  M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition Grand Prize Winner

David Payne 

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.”

LA Guitar Quartet

 Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

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.

LAGQ African Suite, Djembe

Love Plate

Valentine's Day themed Arts & Life Dinner

Tuesday, Feb. 12, Cone Chapel

Treat yourself and the one you love to the second-annual Arts and Life Valentine's dinner on February 12, followed by the concert "My Funny Valentine" with jazz singer Rosana Eckert and the Harding University Jazz Band.  Enjoy live piano music and a culinary duet of filet mignon and salmon with roasted potatoes and asparagus prepared by Harding's new executive chef, Anthony Tally.  Top off the meal with chocolate cake with a fruit garnish. has called the evening's guest performer, Rosana Eckert, "fresh and sophisticated," and her versatile tone and easy scatting style are sure to strike the perfect after-dinner mood as she and the Jazz Band present an evening of romantic song favorites.

Dinner is served at 6 p.m. in Cone Chapel, Burks American Heritage Building.  Banquet-style seating with tables of eight provides a great opportunity to bring your friends and make new ones!  Following dinner, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Auditorium.  Each $25 ticket buys dinner for one and free concert admission.  Email to request a vegetarian or gluten-free meal.

Make reservations by Thursday, February 7th.

Rosana Eckert

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 called her “…fresh and sophisticated.”

Something's Gotta Give

Janoska Ensemble

Janoska Ensemble

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.

Rumba for Amadeus

Andrew Harnsberger

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.

Shine On, Circular Quay











Previous Performances

Annie Moses Band
Chris Brubeck Trio
Clara Campbell Christian, piano
Carmen Cusack, Broadway leading lady
Intersection Trio, violin, cello and piano
Julie Fowlis, Celtic music
Brad Leali, saxophone
Natural State Brass Band
New York Classical Players, chamber orchestra
Newpoli, Italian folk music
Gustavo Romero, piano
Russian String Orchestra
Swingle Singers
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