Walton Arts Center Launches In The Atrium

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, February 12, 2021Walton Arts Center is launching In The Atrium, part of Procter & Gamble Ghost Light Programming. This live house concert experience features local artists performing weekly in Walker Atrium.

“These performances will showcase a wide array of local artists, cultures, styles and art forms,” said Scott Galbraith, vice president of programming and executive producer. “Our hope is to simultaneously provide artists with work, our community a fun and safe art experience and to showcase the wealth of performing arts and artists in our region.”

In The Atrium is free to attend, but reservations are encouraged. Socially distanced tables for parties of up to six can be reserved for the first five performances starting at 10 am Monday, Feb. 15 by calling 479.433.5600 or visiting waltonartscenter.org.

The artist line up for the first two weeks include:

  • Friday, Feb. 19 - Candy Lee, Americana and folk/jazz singer songwriter
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 - Los Valeros, Bossa Nova/Samba quartet
  • Sunday, Feb. 21 - Classical duo Devanee Williams, harp, & Michael Puryear, cello, featuring works by Pescetti, Fauré, Pärt and J. Strauss Jr.
  • Friday, Feb. 26 - Jazz pianist Brant Jester with special guest David Dove, bass
  • Sunday, Feb. 28 - La Tempesta, a piano recital by Mickel Jason Gordan featuring works by Beethoven, Clara Schumann and Chopin

There will a minimum of two and a maximum of four In The Atrium performances each weekend from now through the spring. Reservations for additional In The Atrium shows will be available as those performances are announced. Check waltonartscenter.org or follow us on social media for the most recent list of upcoming performances.

Performances start at 7 pm Thursday through Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. Sunday performances will feature classical music. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Reserved tables will be held until five minutes before curtain time, then released for walk-up patrons. Patrons should enter through the Dickson Street doors.

Artists will perform for 75-90 minutes with no intermission. Beer, wine, soft drinks and packaged snacks will be available for cashless purchase prior to and during the performance.

State-approved health and safety protocols will be in place including social distancing and cashless concessions. Patrons are required to wear a mask to enter the venue and any time they move around the space. Once at their table masks can be removed.

Ghost Light Programming is presented by Procter & Gamble and provided in part by supporters of the Ghost Light Recovery Fund. The Ghost Light Recovery Fund helps Walton Arts Center offset lost revenue from canceled performances, continue education and intermission programming, maintain facilities and support staff until full-scale performances can resume.

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 200,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 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 enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.