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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 may purchase season passes ($35/person) or tickets for individual events ($8/person) at www.hardingtickets.com.  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.

Jason Hudy

Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m.

Family Weekend - JASON HUDY, Mesmerizing Magic

Late Night talk show host Craig Ferguson says "Jason is sensational!"  He has performed over 8,000 shows around the world in the last 20 years, and now he's coming to entertain the Searcy audience on Harding's Family Weekend.  Prepare to be amazed and amused. Watch here!

Dan Tepfer

Oct. 9, Pre-show - 7:00 p.m., Featured Artist - 7:30 p.m.

Free Admission To All

Collaborating with Searcy's Beats and Eats, we present "Java & Jazz," featuring DAN TEPFER, pianist, and the HARDING UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND

Heritage Park (between E Race Ave, N Grand St & E Market Ave.)

The Harding University Jazz Band is thrilled to perform with the internationally renowned pianist Dan Tepfer.  The New York Times calls Tepfer "a pianist of exceptional poise who is drawn to the deeper currents of melody," while the Los Angeles Times sums it up with the phrase "a tremendously gifted pianist."  Join us as Arts and Life teams up with Beats and Eats for a cool evening of jazz, coffee and dessert at Heritage Park, located between the streets Race, Market and Grand.  Listen here for Dan's music.

Christopher Adkins

Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m.

Christopher Adkins, cello
with Dr. Scott Carrell

Reynolds Recital Hall

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.  Listen to his music here.

Seraph Brass

Nov. 14, 2 p.m.

SERAPH BRASS

Winners of the 2019 American Prize in Chamber Music, Seraph Brass is a dynamic brass ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Their debut studio album released in January, 2018, has been widely praised and earned them a Silver Medal Global Music Award. Listen here for a taste of their music.

Lewis and Martins

Jan. 13, 7 p.m.

GENEVA LEWIS, violin, and GABRIEL MARTINS, cello

New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis, winner of the 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant, joins forces with cellist Gabriel Martins to present a program of masterworks for violin and cello, including works by Ravel, Kodály, Villa-Lobos and others. Both virtuosos are grand prize winners of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild competition. Listen here for a taste of their music.

Rosa Incaica

Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Annual Valentine's Banquet and Concert

ROSA INCAICA, soprano and guitar duo, with ANDREW COOK, saxophone, and the HARDING UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND

The husband and wife team, Rosa Incaica, from Argentina, has delighted audiences in Europe, the United States and in their home country, presenting programs that celebrate music from around the world and in a variety of styles and languages.  For their debut appearance in Searcy, they will collaborate with Andrew Cook and the Harding University Jazz Band for a special Valentine's event called "Love Lost/Love Found" with tangos and folk music from Argentina, songs by Joni Mitchell and a few surprises as well. Listen here for a taste of their music.

Angel Blue

Feb. 25, 7 p.m.

ANGEL BLUE, soprano

Angel Blue has emerged in recent years as one of the most important sopranos before the public today. In 2019 she opened the Metropolitan Opera's season as Bess in a new production of George Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess." In 2020 she became the first African-American to receive the Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera.  Join us for an enchanting evening of outstanding vocal repertoire as Arts and Life teams up with the National Association of Teachers of Singing to welcome Angel Blue to Arkansas. Listen here for a taste of her music.

Sinta Quartet

Mar. 24, 7 p.m.

SINTA QUARTET, saxophone ensemble

"Virtuosic to the core" (Textura), the Sinta Quartet is on a mission to bring the versatility, homogeneity and excitement of the saxophone to audiences everywhere.  Come and see for yourself why the Boston Musical Intelligencer hailed them as "a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power and virtuosity." Listen here

Previous Performances

  • 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
  • Don Ross, guitar
  • Roman Rudnytsky, piano
  • Russian Renaissance
  • Russian String Orchestra
  • Neil Rutman, piano
  • Saint Louis Brass
  • Kathleen Scheide, harpsichord
  • 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
  • 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
Box 10767
Searcy, AR 72149-5615