The holiday season is never complete without Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. On this week’s Sunday Symphony, hear the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s expert rendering of this piece as renowned conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy leads them, bringing each scene to life with precision and personality. Tune in to start the season right!  

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott celebrate life in their latest release. “‘Songs from the Arc of Life’ incorporates, I would like to think, all the stages, or many of the stages, that we all go through, from birth until death,” remarks Ma. On Friday’s program, hear more from these musicians and pieces from this magnificent recording by these long-time musical partners.  

Of Note for Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015: Celebrating Sondheim

Nov 25, 2015

The musical genius of Stephen Sondheim gets a new spin with pianist Anthony de Mare’s latest project, Liasons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano. De Mare’s concept was to commission 36 of today’s hottest composers from a variety of backgrounds, genres, and nationalities to choose a single piece by Sondheim and re-imagine it as a solo piece, and the results are astounding. Tune into Thursday’s program for highlights, along with more celebrations of American music.  

We hear from U.S. Senator John Boozman about how to address the Syrian refugee crisis amid terror attacks in Europe, we learn about a new book that chronicles more than a century of history at the University of Arkansas, and we speak with comedian Eddie Izzard prior to his performance in Fort Smith.

An effort to have both members of a married couple, who happen to be of the same sex, on the birth certificate of their child is in limbo.

MUSIC: "Honey Bee" Muddy Waters

Arkansas' senior senator, Republican John Boozman, wants changes in the process to allow Syrian refugees into the country. He is seeking a second term in the United States Senate.

Economic Attitudes in Arkansas

Nov 25, 2015

Arkansans are cautious when it comes to the state's economic future.

MUSIC: "General Relativity" Joseph Farrell

Jacqueline Froelich

The Beaver Watershed Alliance, a clean water group based in Springdale, is working to establish a sustainable voluntary watershed protection fund in collaboration with water districts.

MUSIC: "Hung Over" The Martinis

Razorback basketball teams travel, while UAFS volleyball preps for the postseason.

A new book published by Arcadia Publishing aims to document, in pictures, some of the history of the University of Arkansas. Amy Allen, the university's archivist, was one of the co-curators of the new book