MAY 25 2018 Subscriptions Now Available for 2018-19 Season of Walton Arts Center’s Popular 10x10 Arts Series

Subscriptions Now Available for 2018-19 Season of Walton Arts Center’s Popular 10x10 Arts Series

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, May 25, 2018Walton Arts Center is excited to announce the 2018-19 lineup for the 10x10 Arts Series, featuring 10diverse performances from the fields of music, poetry, dance, cinema, theater and more.

Purchase a 10x10 Ambassador Membership for $130 now and get a ticket to each show in the series as well as exclusive benefits including:

  • First access to the best seats and the same seats for each performance
  • Complimentary tickets for a friend or neighbor to introduce them to the 10x10 Arts Series (limited number available)
  • Invitations to Member-Only events such as masterclasses, Artosphere Festival Orchestra Rehearsals and many more
  • 10x10 Art Series poster

10x10 Ambassador Memberships canbe purchased by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org/10x10-arts-series.

10x10 is a phrase that’s become synonymous with curiosity, innovative arts and cultural engagement. Celebrating seven years of extraordinary performances, this bold and diverse series is an inspired collage of what’s happening in the arts today. From contemporary and classical music, to dance, cinema and more—the 10x10 Arts Series is about making arts experiences accessible and fun. People who are curious and interested in expanding their horizons will love this series with performances that inspire and entertain, and give us new ways to view our lives and engage our imaginations.

All 10x10 performances include a pre-show Creative Conversation with the artists, a post-show party with the artists and the popular Sticky Note Responses, which allow patrons to share their thoughts and experiences with the artists and fellow patrons. 

10x10 Arts Series

Mwenso & The Shakes
Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Mwenso & The Shakes are a unique troupe of artists from around the globe who wound up in Harlem, where they present music that conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hardcore jazz and its folk roots. With impeccable craft, creativity and communicative flair, these artists create a vivid scene with each song – spoken and sung dialogues journey through somber swaths of sound and high-intensity, freewheeling rowdiness. Taking from the stylings of African and Afro-American music icons – including Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and others – Mwenso & The Shakes lead an electrifying show that The New York Times calls “intense, prowling and ebullient.”

Jessica Lang Dance
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

Creating and performing the work of celebrated choreographer Jessica Lang – renowned for her visionary scenic collaborations with designers and artists and her genre-bending contemporary ballet style – this New York City-based dance company’s compositions resist categorical definition. A complete universe is conceived in each dance, distinctive in its look and mood, sound and atmosphere. Lang has an architect's eye, not just in terms of the structures she builds with moving bodies, but also through her use of light, objects and scenic elements. Described as “reliably sophisticated and achingly beautiful” by the Chicago Tribune, this performance will immerse you in the beauty of movement and music.

Ragamala Dance Company’s Written in Water
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

Inspired by the second century Indian board game Paramapadam, which later became the ever-popular Snakes & Ladders, this performance by Indian dance company Ragamala features a video-saturated stage space where original paintings by Chennai-based visual artist Keshav are projected. The result is a mythic, mystical dance landscape where the heights of ecstasy and the depths of longing in Hindu and Sufi culture are explored. Set to an original score of Iraqi Maqam, jazz and South Indian Carnatic music, this production communicates universal experiences through traditional Indian art forms and “provides some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer” (The New York Times).

The Story of Everything | Kealoha, Slam Poet
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

Conceived and performed by internationally acclaimed poet Laureate Kealoha, The Story of Everything is an epic poem that dramatizes explanations for human origin, drawing from sources as diverse as the Big Bang theory, disco, Michael Jackson and the Kumulipo – an 18th-century Hawaiian creation story. Kealoha explores how science and culture can be used to approach universal questions that have challenged humans from the very beginning – where do we come from, and where do we go from here? Join us for a journey through the past 13.7 billion years in this multimedia performance that encourages us to be better stewards of the earth and of each other.

Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant
Friday, Jan. 11, 2018

Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930s. A gypsy caravan sets up a film projector in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for the night. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing. Featuring two films by the famed European stop-action filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz, this charming performance celebrates music of the past with intricate, scorching and often brilliant renditions.

Michael Andrew: Sinatra and the American Songbook
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

For two years, Michael Andrew was the headline singer and bandleader at the world famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City. He was the bandleader and singer at Merv Griffin’s “Coconut Club” inside The Beverly Hilton in California. While on “Larry King Live,” Merv called Michael Andrew “one of the great singers of all time.” As a composer, lyricist and book writer, his shows pay tribute to the writers of the "American Songbook" including Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, the Gershwins and Frank Sinatra. Dubbed “one of the best talents to come down the pike in 50 years” by Jerry Lewis, it’s clear that this is the role Michael Andrew was born to play.

Aquila Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Saturday, March 16, 2019

One of Shakespeare’s most beloved and witty comedies is brought to vivid life in an innovative new production by the critically acclaimed Aquila Theatre Company. At the center of the story is the Fairy King’s servant, the impish Puck, whose magic creates an endless supply of mirth, mistaken identity and inappropriate – if not absolutely ludicrous – passions. Exploring the universal theme of love (and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion and marriage), this classically trained, modernly hip troupe is here to bring the classics into present day with a signature style full of beautiful movement, music, song and some of the finest Shakespearean acting today.

The Edge Effect
Friday, April 5, 2019

Winners of MTV's "Top Pop Group" and Boyz II Men's "Next Great A Cappella Group," “America's Got Talent” finalists and international recording group, The Edge Effect, is taking music to a whole new level - and in ways you might not expect. A six-man vocal band, The Edge Effect combines pop, R&B, jazz, rock and funk in a show unlike any other. Their signature sound blurs genres and weaves a colorful tapestry of infectious beats, intricate harmonies and spectacular vocal acrobatics. With stunning reinterpretations of musical favorites, as well as contemporary original songs, this performance is sure to be an unparalleled entertainment experience.

6-WIRE
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Delaware-based world music ensemble, 6-WIRE’s mission is to celebrate diversity in performance, weaving stories and context into their concerts, and transforming how live, instrumental music is experienced. Bringing artists and musical styles from historically conflicting regions and countries together on stage, 6-WIRE’s performances promote world peace and cultural understanding. Concerts include cutting edge electronic sound libraries designed by Grammy Award®-winning sound engineers and feature the circular PianoArc seen during Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2017. Join us for a performance that mixes traditional world music with pop and jazz elements, and explore the boundaries of new world music.

Artosphere Festival Orchestra
Corrado Rovaris, Music Director
June 26, 2019

Soaring strings, crashing symbols and timpani drum rolls to a tumultuous musical crescendo… with a decisive sweep of his baton, internationally acclaimed Maestro Corrado Rovaris will once again lead the Artosphere Festival Orchestra through an enchanting symphonic experience. Recognized as an important musical voice by American Public Media’s “Performance Today” – the nation’s most popular classical music radio program – the AFO is a dynamic ensemble of young, talented musicians. In their ninth year performing together, these virtuosic artists will showcase fresh interpretations of leading composers in a stunning exhibition that demonstrates the brilliance of classical music.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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