Celebrate Christmas with the Festival of Senses Holiday Concert


Christmas joy is in the air, and soon, Christmas music will be too! The Festival of Senses art series is presenting a program of Christmas music in December that will have you in the holiday spirit in no time.

ARmusica performers Julie Cheek (piano) and Andrew Irvin (violin) will lead a program of vocal and instrumental Christmas music at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in North Little Rock at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11. “Sing Noel,” performed by ARmusica and students—Erin Davis, Alana Duvall, Harry Lance, Harmony Skinner, and Caleb Yu—will include traditional carols as well as music by Tchaikovsky, Telemann, and Mozart, plus an original duet for piano and violin, “Snow,” composed by Alana Duvall.

The program, the fourth in this season’s Festival of the Senses performing arts series, is free and open to the public. The concert will be followed by a reception in the parish hall with food and wine. The church is located at the edge of Park Hill at 4106 JFK Boulevard.

Little Rock native Julie Cheek made her professional debut at 14 as a soloist with the Arkansas Chamber Orchestra and has gone on to perform and hold master classes with symphonies across the U.S. and Europe. She has sailed around the world as a favorite entertainer on Silversea, Crystal, and Radisson cruise lines and has taught at Interlochen, the University of Colorado, UALR, and Vienna’s Hochschule. She will return to Festival of the Senses in May 2019 with a solo recital of piano music she calls The 60/60 Project.

Andrew (Drew) Irvinconcertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, has played his 1765 Gagliano violin in concerts throughout America and Europe. A cofounder of ARmusica and a member of the Camino Trio and the Irvin/Christopher Duo, he has recorded on the Potenza and Naxos labels.  Highlights of his chamber music career include performances with the Ying Quartet, the Audubon Quartet, and the New York City premiere of composer Steve Mackey’s “Troubadour Songs.”

Festival of the Senses, a free performing arts series launched in 2011, is now in its eighth season at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Designed as a gift to the community to entertain, enlighten, and inspire, it has presented more than 50 performances to date featuring distinguished local and regional artists in classical music, jazz, gospel, comedy and drama. A complete schedule of 2018-19 events is available at www.stlukeepiscopal.org.

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