The Harding University department of music has announced its 2018-19 Arts and Life performance series. The series includes performances by Tom Gallant with the Tesla String Quartet, Russian Renaissance, David Payne, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Rosana Eckert, Janoska Ensemble and Andrew Harnsberger.
Thomas Gallant, oboe, and the Tesla String Quartet
Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m.
The award-winning Tesla String Quartet will collaborate with Thomas Gallant, one of the world’s finest virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe. Together they will present an evening of memorable classics.
Sunday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m.
With classic Russian instruments, Russian Renaissance blends traditional folk music with an infusion of modernity. Their program reflects this diversity with its broad range of works by classical composers to jazz favorites.
David Payne, “An Evening with C.S. Lewis”
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
Back for an unprecedented third year in a row, David Payne will portray C.S. Lewis again as intimate conversation with the late Christian author of “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Mere Christianity” unfolds on Harding’s stage.
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m.
The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The group is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach.
Rosana Eckert, Valentine’s Day themed benefit dinner
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Dinner at 5 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m.
The second annual Arts and Life Valentine’s Dinner in Harding’s Cone Chapel will feature live music, delicious food and a romantic atmosphere. Following the dinner prepared by Harding’s new Executive Chef Anthony Tally, Rosana Eckert will perform an evening of romantic songs with the Harding University Jazz Band.
Wednesday, March 27, 8:15 p.m.
The Janoska Ensemble, made up of three Slovakian brothers and their German brother-in-law, seeks to restore the lost art of improvisation to the classics. The group, now based in Vienna, is famous for a hybrid of musical genres. While they may begin a classical piece on their violins, piano and double bass, the music quickly evolves, smoothly crossing over to jazz, Latin and other popular styles in lively musical banter.
Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Andrew Harnsberger enjoys a versatile career as a performer, composer and educator. He has performed in musical venues across the globe. Enjoy the energizing sounds of one of the percussion world’s great performers in concert with Harding’s Percussion Ensemble.
All performances will be held in the Administration Auditorium except “An Evening with C.S. Lewis,” which will be held in the Benson Auditorium. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Season passes are available for $35. Tickets to attend the Valentine’s dinner will be sold separately. For tickets and more information, visit harding.edu/artsandlife or call 501-279-4343. For other Harding events and free or low-cost services available to the public, visit harding.edu/community.