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The Fourth Wall Stretches Boundaries

To complete the WAMA Summer Music Festival 2017, the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts welcomes The Fourth Wall Ensemble.

This award-winning hybrid arts group turned the fruits of their conservatory studies at Interlochen, Oberlin, Eastman, and Peabody into hysterical, high-energy performances. From Alaska to Arkansas, and points beyond and in between, the fresh-as-ever Fourth Wall stretches the boundaries of instrumental performance to make music that leaps off the stage – literally.

In a virtual fruit salad of sophisticated fun, The Fourth Wall Ensemble mixes together music, theatre and dance in 75 whirlwind minutes. As they say, “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”

You can’t miss a trio reviewers have called magical, mesmerizing and masterful in both movement and musicianship. Huh-uh. You gotta get tickets – right here, right now, before the banana splits.

“Serious music by seriously talented musicians in a show that doesn’t take itself seriously at all.”

 
Thursday, July 13
7:30 pm
Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre

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This concert is brought to you in part by Nancy & Warren Boop.
All proceeds support WAMA scholarships.
(Arrive early for a stroll through the Park to enjoy Swan Lake, the Butler Arboretum, and the Nabucco Waterfall in the Asian Woodland Garden.)
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Great strides: WAMA @ Wildwood

 

As of June 27, the third week of WAMA is in full swing! The first two weeks of the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts were absolutely invigorating, and we’re continuing the momentum! WAMA is showing its capacity to expand – both in size and scope:

In 2016, WAMA supporters made it possible to bring students and interns from across Arkansas to make music together at Wildwood. (Housing was provided in partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.) Young instrumentalists worked intently in full rehearsals with conductor Daniel Black (Ft. Worth Symphony) each day. They shared in master classes with the renowned ensemble WindSync and a variety of side-by-side performances and coachings from the faculty, which included Tatiana Kotcherguina, Ashley Walla, Barry McVinney, and Kiril Laskarov, Concert Master for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

WAMA is living the vision to bring students in both the Instrumental core and the Vocal core together in concert. Under the batons of Daniel Black and Dr. Bevan Keating, WAMA Artistic Director, more than 30 orchestral musicians collaborated with almost as many advanced vocal students to create a spectacular culminating concert, A Summer Schubert Serenade, on June 24th.

The intermediate program is overflowing with instrumentalists and singers eager for training to reach the next level. Music faculty from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, UALR, and local schools are joined by teaching artists who provide such multi-arts electives as yoga, visual arts, culinary classes, creative writing and theatre.

In week three, advanced vocal students shift their focus to the more whimsical side of musical theatre, with equally intensive training by faculty and two internationally-renowned guest artists. Baritone-bass Curtis Sullivan and collaborative pianist, Dr. Kyung-Eun Na, will also perform a concert for the public:

Awake the Beauty

Thursday, June 30 / 7:30 pm

Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival (indoors)

The next afternoon, July 1st at 5 pm, participants in the Advanced Vocal Core will present a culminating concert.

In the weeks following, WILDMusic beginning students will embark upon artistic adventures in African drumming, ukulele classes, visual arts, culinary arts and musical theatre. Each week culminates with a student performance. These emerging young artists, just like the more advanced WAMA students, are developing musically and artistically the skills crucial for self-discipline, collaboration, exploration and creativity. Register your young artist here.

WAMA students are making great strides. Help us continue the momentum. Keep the metronomes going, the paintbrushes vivid, the voices on cue. Thanks to a growing number of funders and patrons just like you, WAMA is pleased to provide world-class faculty members, innovative classes, and a variety of performances and performance opportunities so that hundreds of young people each summer have access the highest standards in music and arts education. Click here to make a donation today to support the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts. Or contact Mary Bea Gross, Development Officer, at 501-821-7275, or via email at marybea@wildwoodpark.org.

With gratitude,

Dr. Bevan Keating, WAMA Artistic Director

Angela Collier, WAMA Curriculum Manager

Leslie Golden, Executive Director