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Arts & Life Performance Series

The Arts and Life Series at Harding University brings world-class performers to our Searcy audience.

Free entry with a valid Harding ID; no ticket required. Other guests purchase tickets at www.hardingtickets.com. Special rates available for groups of 5 or more by contacting the Department of Music office at 501-279-4343. Seating is general admission; there are no reserved seats.

Most events are in the Administration Auditorium, located on campus. You can also set your GPS destination for 940 E Park Ave, Searcy, AR 72143. The Reynolds Center Recital Hall is on the west side of Burks Blvd.

David Walton

Sept. 12

David Walton, tenor, and collaborative pianist, Mark Bilyeu

Harding alumnus David Walton takes center stage in a recital of arias and songs by Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Britten and others.  Hear for yourself why his lyric voice is increasingly in demand in opera houses across the country.

Administration Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Master class, 3:00 p.m., Reynolds Center Recital Hall, free admission for the class

Watch this performance by David Walton!

The Queen's Cartoonists

Sept. 26

The Queen’s Cartoonists

The whole family will enjoy classic and contemporary animations on the screen while the band re-creates the original soundtracks.  “Who needs another Broadway show when you can hire a jazz combo playing music from Bugs Bunny cartoons?” – The Wall Street Journal

Administration Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Master class, 3:00 p.m., Reynolds Center Recital Hall, free admission for the class

Watch this performance by The Queen's Cartoonists!

Russian String Orchestra

Oct. 30

Russian String Orchestra under the direction of Misha Rachlevsky, with Scott Carrell, piano

Praised by the Washington Post for their “gleaming tone quality, finely nuanced timbres, carefully shaded textures and focused ensemble coordination,” the Russian String Orchestra returns to Searcy for an encore performance.  The concert will include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 expertly played by Harding’s own Scott Carrell.

Administration Auditorium, 8:15 p.m.

Watch this performance by the Russian String Orchestra!

Brubeck Brothers

Jan. 23

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Enjoy the Brubeck Brothers Quartet as they play music and video clips honoring their father, jazz legend Dave Brubeck, in this centennial celebration of his birth.

Administration Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Watch this performance by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet!

Jaimee Paul & Leif Shires

Feb. 11

Jaimee Paul, singer
Leif Shires, trumpet

Ranging from romantic jazz standards of the 30's, and stretching to pop standards of the 70's and today, Jaimee and husband Leif will perform an evening of musical "fun, love and happiness."

Jaimee has performed with Wynonna Judd and Kelly Clarkson, and has developed a name for herself as a singer of standard popular songs and jazz.  The Jazz Times said, "Paul is blessed with a glorious voice (indeed, there's significant evidence of [Aretha] Franklin's raw majesty), one that deserves to travel under its own powerful steam...."  Her debut album, At Last, reached #1 on the iTunes Jazz charts.  Jaimee will be performing with her husband, trumpeter Leif Shires, and their trio pianist.

Watch this performance by Jaimee Paul!

** Due to unforeseen schedule conflicts, Christy Altomare will not be able to perform at Harding this year as planned.

Administration Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.  (Guests without a Harding I.D. may purchase tickets online separately from the dinner/concert ticket.)

Dinner in Cone Chapel - serving beginning at 5:30 p.m.  (Dinner ticket provides the same free admission to the concert as granted to Harding I.D. holders.)

Master class 3:00, Reynolds Center Recital Hall, free admission for the class

Carion Woodwind Quartet

Feb. 27

Carion Wind Quintet

Based in Denmark, Carion has enjoyed a rapidly growing internet following for several years, and finally they are embarking on their first tour in the United States.   These top-tier musicians bring classical music to life with choreography that reflects the musical conversations embedded within each work.  Anthony Burton of the BBC Magazine credited them with a “five star” performance!  Come and hear why.

Administration Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Master class, 3:00 p.m., Reynolds Center Recital Hall, free admission for the class

Watch this performance by the Carion Wind Quintet!

Seraph Brass

April 26

Seraph Brass

Seraph Brass is a dynamic brass ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Their debut studio album released in January, 2018, has been widely praised and earned them a Silver Medal Global Music Award.

Reynolds Center Recital Hall, 2:00 p.m.

Watch this performance by Seraph Brass!


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Previous Performances

Annie Moses Band
Chris Brubeck Trio
Clara Campbell Christian, piano
Carmen Cusack, Broadway leading lady
Rosana Eckert, vocal jazz
Tom Gallant, oboe, with the Tesla String Quartet
Andrew Harnsberger, marimba
Chinese Golden Dragon Circus
Intersection Trio, violin, cello and piano
Janoska Ensemble
Julie Fowlis, Celtic music
Brad Leali, saxophone
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Natural State Brass Band
New York Classical Players, chamber orchestra
Newpoli, Italian folk music
Gustavo Romero, piano
Russian Renaissance
Russian String Orchestra
Saint Louis Brass
Swingle Singers
Washington Saxophone Quartet
Women of the World, a cappella group

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4086

Mailing address:
Harding University
Music Department
Box 10767
Searcy, AR 72149-5615