Walton Arts Center announces the 2014-15 lineup of the 10x10 Arts Series, featuring 10 of the finest in music, dance and fine art starting at just $10 per ticket. As a special offer this year, patrons can purchase 10x10 Arts Series subscriptions that include all ten shows for $90. This gives one free show to subscribers. Tickets for 10x10 Arts Series shows can be purchased by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.waltonartscenter.org. For downloadable hi-res images of each 10x10 Arts Series performance, visit the 10x10 Dropbox.

Back for an exciting fifth year, the 10x10 Arts Series lives up to the huge expectations of years past by combining great shows with interactive pre and post-show activities, get-togethers and conversations. This popular series gives culture seekers of every background and circumstance easy access to an experience unlike any other. One of the most popular aspects of this series has become the “sticky note” comments. Audience members are encouraged to fill out and post comments on the 10x10 feedback wall after each performance and can simultaneously read the comments of other patrons. This type of feedback is not typical for audiences or artists, and has become very memorable for everyone who participates.

Here’s some of what patrons had to say about last year’s 10x10 Art Series:

“Grace, beauty, and inspiration! Thank you for the joy!”

“My soul is fed, watered, satisfied. I cried at the first note.”

“Great show for $10 – Unbelievable!”

“Unbridled fun mixed with deeply moving song – and mostly in a language I could never speak, but with a heart that touches the soul.”

10x10 Arts Series Lineup:

1. Funkadesi - Friday, Oct. 3

Kicking off the 2014-15 10x10 Arts Series, Funkadesi is the ideal band to start a season full of fun and exploration. They know how to get a crowd fired up! This free-spirited, world-fusion band blends Indian music with reggae, contemporary funk and spicy Caribbean grooves. A six-time winner of the Chicago Music Awards, this group is distinguished by each member’s own unique cultural and musical contributions that merge to create one unified sound. Funkadesi’s performances bear messages of togetherness, and their one-world positive vibe makes the band a compelling musical force.

2. Cameron Carpenter - Thursday, Nov. 6

Cameron Carpenter’s approach to the organ is smashing the stereotypes of organ music. “Not your grandma’s organist,” says The New York Times. Performing works from the likes of J.S. Bach and Cesar Franck, to original compositions and collaborations with top jazz and pop artists, Carpenter is arguably the most diverse organist around. The first organist ever to be nominated for a Grammy® Award, he is filling venues around the world with the sounds of his International Touring Organ – a digital organ of Carpenter’s own design, built specifically for concert halls. Be among the first to see this one-of-a-kind instrument along with a one-of-a-kind artist!

3. Jake Shimabukuro - Friday, Nov. 14

Declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, Hawaiian ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro is fresh, hip and virtuosic. He has wowed television audiences, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis and won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Shimabukuro first won acclaim on YouTube with his innovative covers of songs such as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Now, on his latest album, Shimabukuro’s star shines even brighter – proving he’s easily one of the world’s most exciting contemporary musicians.

4. Mediæval Bæbes - Thursday, Dec. 11

Beautiful and bedazzling, magical and mysterious, the Mediæval Bæbes will regale with holiday carols sung in ancient languages like Middle English, Medieval French and Cornish. With witty humor and an affinity for castles and cathedrals, these fair maidens bring the medieval holiday season out of the Dark Ages with songs like “We Three Kings” and “Away in a Manger.” This classical choral ensemble has recorded eight studio albums, three of which landed on UK classical charts, and they have performed at such storied venues as The Royal Albert Hall in London and the legendary Lilith Fair in the U.S.

5. Tangram - Friday, Jan. 30

Complex, sexy and irreverently imaginative, Tangram redraws the boundaries of dance, new circus, and physical theater. Created and performed by classically trained ballerina Cristiana Casadio and world-class circus artist Stefan Sing, this compelling production from Berlin encapsulates the struggles of human relationships in a performance that is both beautiful and breathtaking. Whether she’s hanging from her partner’s fingertips like a marionette or he’s shielding himself from juggling balls landing on him like missiles, the pair embodies both passion and fury. Imaginative, sensuous and cutting-edge, Tangram questions what it is like to surrender to love and asks us, who is in control?

6. The Hot Sardines - Thursday, Feb. 5

Named one of the best jazz bands in New York by Forbes magazine, The Hot Sardines is born of a unique recipe: take hot jazz and sultry standards from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s, sprinkle in the rich Dixieland sounds of New Orleans, add a dash of wartime Paris flavor and stir in vibrant musical surprises that hold audiences captive. From their straight-up, foot-stomping sound and a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section, the band’s unforgettably wild live shows have a style and sound distinctly their own.

7. Koresh Dance Company - Friday, March 6

Superb technique. Emotionally compelling. With stunning athleticism, this company’s 10 dancers seamlessly shift from explosive and passionate repertoire to moments of intimacy and restraint. Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer Ronen Koresh, the Philadelphia-based troupe has toured the world performing a fusion of choreographic styles including ballet, modern dance and jazz. Performing to a musical score of contrasts — Middle Eastern music juxtaposed with classical favorites — the dancers deliver an artistic experience that Northwest Arkansas won’t soon forget!

8. So Percussion - Thursday, Apr. 16

Praised by the New Yorker for its “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” So Percussion’s adventurous spirit has redefined the modern percussion ensemble, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture. Since coming together as graduate students at the Yale School of Music, the Brooklyn-based group has built a reputation for presenting 20th century luminaries and playing unusual instruments like the amplified cactus, bowed marimba, aluminum pipes and the German glockenspiel. They’ve graced the stages of major venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and have toured Western Europe, South America, Russia and Australia. Don’t miss this truly unique experience!

9. Wendy Whelan Restless Creature - Saturday, Apr. 18

The New York Times calls her America’s greatest contemporary ballerina. Her captivating dancing with the New York City Ballet has thrilled audiences for 29 years. Wendy Whelan’s elegant movement and intelligent approach to performing is legendary and this has never been more vivid than in her new project, Restless Creature. Whelan collaborates with four young and prodigious choreographers in a suite of new duets performed by Whelan and each choreographer in turn. The choreographers’ unique styles stretch Whelan’s artistry in unexpected ways as she adapts to each distinct vision while maintaining her own glowing individuality.

10. Artosphere Festival Orchestra - Friday, June 19

Walton Arts Center’s annual Artosphere Festival once again brings the community together for an exploration of the arts, nature and innovation and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra returns as the cornerstone of the festival’s salute to sound. Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Artosphere Festival Orchestra features premier musicians from major symphonies, prestigious ensembles and distinguished music programs around the world. Led by internationally acclaimed Maestro Corrado Rovaris, these accomplished musicians will gather in the Ozarks to present a series of professional music-making experiences unique to Artosphere.