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Experience a zoological fantasy come to life in a collaboration between the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and NWA Ballet Theatre when they present Camille Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals" at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville this Saturday, April 15, at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. 

Katy Henriksen

Ryan Cockerham and the Shadow Ensemble are bridging a 90-year gap- assuming the role that live musicians played in the flickering theaters of the silent film era, but with an entirely new set of tools and sense of imagination. Their current fixation: an icon of early science fiction, Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

"At the time, when people were making silent films, there were other people who were interested in using this medium to scare people as much as they could," says Cockerham, "As the Shadow Ensemble we find that pretty exciting."

The Lyrique Quintette, the University of Arkansas's faculty woodwind ensemble, is hard at work on producing its first recording in more than a decade. Ahead of the May recording sessions they present a free concert Thursday, April 13, at the new performing arts venue Stage 18, just off the Fayetteville Square.

The esssence of "Janoska style" includes the sounds of Latin, folk, and improvisational jazz expertly fused together together by the Janoska Ensemble, three brothers and one brother-in-law, all classically-trained musicians born and raised in Vienna.

Janoska Style is also the name of the group's dazzling debut on Deutsche Grammaphon, which features fresh takes of Mozart and Bizet alongside original compositions.

The works of Bach have a recurring impact in cellist Matt Haimovitz's life, describing them to Of Note's Katy Henriksen as "the cellist's bible," adding that they are part of his "daily diet," playing "two movements of Bach every day."

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