Area Choral Forces, Actors Join “Lift Every Voice”

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MUSIC: “Lift Every Voice”

Music, including classic compositions by Little Rock native Florence Price, as well as theater and spoken word performances, will be the focus of “Lift Every Voice: An Intergenerational Celebration of Music and Theatre,” the inaugural offering of Opera in the Rock’s 88 Keys series7 p.m. today in the third floor auditorium of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock.

Mezzo-soprano Nisheedah Golden, Philander Smith College “Collegiate” Choir, University of Central Arkansas Gospel Choir, and students from the Philander Smith Visual and Performing Arts Department and Westwind School of Performing Arts will perform.

Tickets are $25 plus fees. Visit

THEATER: ‘Soldier’s Fugue’

The service of three generations of the same family in America’s wars – Philadelphia, Iraq native Elliot Ortiz (Leonel Martinez), his father (Darion Simpson) in Vietnam and his grandfather (Bryan Hernandez) in the Korean War – creates “Elliot, Runaway of a Soldier” by Quiara Alegria Hudes, which the University of Arkansas at the Department of Theater and Dance Arts at Little Rock stages, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Haislip Theater, Center for Performing Arts, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Stone. Tickets are $10, $5 for RSU students and employees. Call (501) 916-3291 or visit Mandatory masks.

Circa Sacred

Based in Australia Circa Sacred, a contemporary circus show for 10 people that combines acrobatics, dance and music to the music of “The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky and a new composition by Philippe Bachman, is on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville , 495 W. Tickets to Dickson St. are $18-$35 plus fees. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit Mandatory masks.

Thousands cheered

The series of 16 sold-out performances of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “Hamilton”, From Feb. 8-20 at the Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock, attracted more than 35,000 patrons and grossed more than $3.7 million in sales, promoter Celebrity Attractions announced. The room can accommodate approximately 2,200 people.

A statistical analysis by the Broadway League, a New York-based national trade association for the Broadway industry, estimates the local economic impact at more than $12 million, the promoter said in a press release. The estimate includes the economic impact generated by customers, tourism, hotels, meals at local restaurants and parking, as well as the cost of local supplies and local labor involved in production.

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