The NYC-based Cassatt Quartet is pairing a brand new composition by Bruce Adolphe along with Shostakovich's introspective Eighth Quartet in a concert at the Great Hall of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Friday, Oct. 4.

Bruce Adolphe, inventor of the piano puzzler for Performance Today says that if each puzzle was stacked back-to-back the result would be as long as Wagner's Ring Cycle. The popular weekly quiz based on a song reinvented in another composer's style has been around now for more than a decade. As Adolphe explains, it all started out as a teaching device. 

NYC-based composer Bruce Adolphe was commissioned by the University of Central Arkansas to write a new piece. When he found out the Cassatt Quartet would be debuting the composition, he decided to write about Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. The piece "Mary Cassatt: Scenes From Her Life" will be presented by the Cassatt Quartet at the Great Hall of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Friday, Oct. 4.

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 2013-2014 season with a screening of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights accompanied by a live performance of the Chaplin score by the APO. Music Director Steven Byess elaborates on Chaplin as composer. 

Timothy Thompson, horn professor for the UA music department in Fayetteville, put together a chamber concert centered around his instrument. The result is only one piece from the 19th century, with the rest of the pieces dating to the 20th and 21st century. In addition to discussing his Sept. 9 recital, he explains why this is an especially exciting semester for horn lovers in the area.

Violinist Atticus Mulkey, a Rogers native, is about to head back to Baltimore for his final year at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He stops by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio to discuss his summer at this year's Aspen Music Festival, plays a little Bach and more.

The Fort Smith Symphony is the state's oldest, which turns 90 this year. John Jeter, music director, elaborates on all the exciting ways that the orchestra will be celebrating this very special season.

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The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced on Jan. 11 its decision to deny the permit after more than 21 months. The hog operation has been operating on a lapsed permit until now.

Former NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. found out even the best drivers may have to stay off the roads in a snowstorm.

Wednesday morning after he helped pull another car out of a ditch, his pickup skidded off the road and rammed into a tree.

On Twitter Earnhardt said he lost control of his truck on a snow-covered road and warned other North Carolina drivers to avoid his fate. "[North Carolina] stay off the roads today/tonight. 5 minutes after helping these folks I center punched a pine tree," he wrote.

With the death of biologist Mathilde Krim on Monday, at the age of 91 at her home in New York, the world lost a pioneering scientist, activist and fundraiser in AIDS research. She is being widely praised this week for her clarity, compassion and leadership.

Amid the panic, confusion and discrimination of the HIV epidemic's earliest days, Krim stood out — using science and straight talk, in the 1980s and beyond, to dispel fear, stigma, and misinformation among politicians and the public.

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Lawmakers in the United Kingdom are debating a new tax on disposable cups in an effort to cut down on waste.

While the so-called "latte levy" is controversial, the goal is to replicate the success of Britain's tax on plastic bags; their use has declined by 80 percent since the tax was introduced in 2015. Proponents of the tax say it would encourage people to carry around their own reusable cups rather than use disposable ones, which in their current form are difficult to recycle.

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