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Art Season Preview

FOA Kicks off new season in August

The Foundation of Arts has announced its line-up for the 2019-20 season. Season tickets are available at foajonesboro.org or by calling (870) 935-2726. Shows included in the upcoming season are:


New Director to Lead Fowler Center

Veteran faculty member Dr. Marika Kyriakos was recently named director of Fowler Center and promoted to interim assistant dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Communications at Arkansas State University, Dean Carl Cates announced in July.

At the same time, Dr. Lauren Schack Clark was named as the interim chair for the Department of Music to succeed Kyriakos.

“I’m extremely pleased that Dr. Kyriakos and Dr. Clark are taking on these roles for the College of Liberal Arts and Communication,” said Cates. “They are outstanding performers and scholars in their own right, and I think our arts and performance community will be excited to have them in these new leadership roles for Arkansas State.”

Kyriakos succeeds Fowler Center director Les Christensen, who announced her retirement from A-State last month. Christensen also directed the Bradbury Art Museum. In taking over leadership of the Fowler Series, Kyriakos succeeds Dr. Tim Crist, professor of theory and composition. In addition to coordinating Fowler Center, Kyriakos will also preside over the Fowler Center Series that was supervised last year by Crist. His lineup for the 2019-20 music and cultural events series is anticipated next month. The series takes place in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall.

Kyriakos joined Arkansas State in 2008 as the coordinator of voice and the director of the A-State Opera Theatre. She became a full professor of voice and stepped into the role of department chair for music in 2014. Kyriakos earned her doctorate at the University of Texas after receiving her master’s at the University of Missouri.

A presenter at international conferences, her most recent foreign excursions include the College Music Society Biennial International Conferences in Buenos Aires and Sydney, as well as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at Sunway University. In addition, several of her students have been selected to participate in the prestigious OperaMaya program in Mexico where Kyriakos herself has been on the performance faculty for three seasons. Broadening the audience and interest in opera remains one of her passions, and she has presented to the National Opera Association Conference on strategies to overcome the challenges of opera in small communities with Opera in the Twilight Zone.


DSO Announces Schedule for 46th Season

The Delta Symphony Orchestra recently announced plans for its 2019-20 season, which begins in October.

Under the direction of Dr. Neale Bartee, conductor, the DSO will weave a musical fabric of various patterns, themes and textures in performances of some of the most popular music from the classical repertoire during its 46th season, titled Symphonic Tapestry. Scheduled performances for 2019-20 include:

For more information about DSO or its upcoming season, visit deltasymphonyorchestra.org.