The UA music department's brass quintet Boston Mountain Brassworks has not just one, but two new members this season. Hear about the ensembles two new players from members Cory Mixdorf, trombone, and Timothy Thompson, horn, as well as why it's so much fun to play in a brass quintet - hint, they get to let it all out. Boston Mountain Brassworks perform in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall on the UA campus in Fayetteville Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. It's a free concert open to the public. 

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The 90th anniversary season of the Fort Smith Symphony continues with a performance with the Canadian Brass. Music Director John Jeter looks back on his very first season and ahead to the next in this conversation with Katy Henriksen.

Violinist Michelle Makarski collaborated with jazz giant Keith Jarrett in a new recording of Bach sonatas for violin and piano. When she spoke with Katy Henriksen she elaborated on her comparison to time-lapse photography for the endeavor.

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.

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The partial shutdown of the federal government has stretched into a third day, as discussions continue on a funding and immigration plan.

Lawmakers said Sunday they made progress on an agreement to end the shutdown, but did not reach a final deal. Senate leaders scheduled a procedural vote for noon on Monday on a bill to reopen the government and extend funding through Feb. 8.

Ask Republicans about Democrats, or vice versa, and sooner or later you will hear: "They're out of touch with the American people."

That statement was part of the soundtrack on Capitol Hill over the first weekend of the shutdown, repeated so often that one ceases to hear it.

It's an all-purpose way of condemning the hated "other" party. And it conveys the assumption that whoever is speaking is NOT out of touch with the American people.

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On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with writer and University of Arizona associate professor Christina Devereaux Ramírez about her book Occupying Our Space: The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875-1942, published by The University of Arizona Press.

On the steps of the Arkansas state Capitol today supporters of ending legal abortion gathered for a rally. Yesterday, another march with very different ralliers called for keeping abortion legal — as well as grooming female political candidates for office, gun control and other liberal aims.

Both marches enjoyed passionate speakers and considerable turnout, but only one enjoyed the presence of the state's most powerful constitutional officeholders, from Gov. Asa Hutchinson down.

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