VoiceJam Festival at Walton Arts Center April 10-11

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The brand new a cappella festival VoiceJam, produced by Walton Arts Center, will bring talented a cappella professionals and participants from all over the world to Northwest Arkansas.

The festival will be at Walton Arts Center on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11. Collegiate and community vocal groups will participate in the competition judged by some of the best professionals on the a cappella scene.

The winner will have the chance to compete at VocalAsia Festival in Shanghai, China. There will be performances, workshops and guest appearances from award-winning a cappella quintets, The House Jacks and Voco Novo. Deke Sharon, producer of NBC’s “The Sing Off” will serve as the official host of VoiceJam.

Weekend festival passes range from $70 to $100 and can be purchased by visiting VoiceJam Weekend Pass. Single tickets are also available for purchase and details for the events are listed below.

All weekend passes and single tickets can be purchased in person at Walton Arts Center Box’s Office, by phone at 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.waltonartscenter.org.

Events:

VoiceJam A Cappella Festival

Friday, April 10-Saturday, April 11

Weekend Pass *all-access pass to events and workshops

The weekend pass includes all the finest components you are looking for in a premium festival experience. This pass allows access into Friday’s competition, all Saturday workshops (beginning, intermediate and advanced classes available) and the Red Carpet Showcase featuring an EXCLUSIVE pre-screening of “Pitch Perfect 2” before it hits theaters.

Ticket prices range from $70 to $100; visit VoiceJam Weekend Pass to learn more.

Workshops:

Saturday, April 11

A full day of expertise, training and fun will take place at Walton Arts Center with instruction from Deke Sharon, The House Jacks and Voco Novo. Available workshops include:

  • Introduction to Contemporary A Cappella
  • Sing it Like You Mean It – Part 1
  • Sing it Like You Mean It – Part 2
  • A Cappella Arranging
  • Vocal Percussion
  • Starting a Group
  • Singing Instruments
  • Directing an A Cappella Group
  • Q&A: Meet The Pros

Ticket prices range from $70 to $100; visit VoiceJam Weekend Pass to learn more.

Competition:

voice jamFriday, April 10 at 8 pm

Deke Sharon, hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “the father of contemporary a cappella” will host the competition as audiences of all ages enjoy the high-octane performances.

Nine groups have been selected to compete and Walton Arts Center is excited to welcome them to the stage. The competition will be judged by a versatile and world-renowned group of vocal experts including Ariel Arbisser, Dr. Stephen Caldwell, Troy Dolendo and Jia-Ching Lai. Each group will showcase their original pieces for the audience and the judges will deliberate and decide who will be crowned the first-ever VoiceJam Champion with a chance to compete at VocalAsia in Shanghai, China.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $25; visit VoiceJam Competition to learn more.

Red Carpet Showcase:

Saturday, April 11 at 7 pm

This red carpet celebration will highlight the winner from the previous night’s competition with special performances by professional ensembles The House Jacks and Voco Novo. In addition to the live showcase, is Walton Arts Center’s exclusive pre-screening of “Pitch Perfect 2,” which debuts in theaters May 2015. “Pitch Perfect 2” stars Anna Kendrik, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson and Elizabeth Banks, and follows the story of collegiate a cappella group, the Barden Bellas as they enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won. Produced and directed by Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks and Max Handelman, and music by Mark Mothersbaugh.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $50; visit Red Carpet Showcase to learn more.

The Competitors:

Mellow Divas – Berkely Preparatory School, Tampa, FL

DeltaCappella – Memphis, TN

Snowday – Gaithersburg, MD

The ILL Harmonic – University of Illinois

Above the Keys – University of Miami

Beltones at Belmont – Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Seventh Street Jazz – Yorba Linda, CA

Hibernotes – Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

VirtuOSO – Baylor University, Waco, TX

The Judges:

Troy Dolendo began his musical career as a DJ in junior high school. Far before beatboxing or vocal percussion became popular, Troy was imitating the sounds coming from the stereo at every chance. He began his career at Walt Disney World in 2005 and still works at Disney as well as the Universal Corporation. He was a founding member of MOSAIC as well as The Edge Effect, who were finalists on America’s Got Talent and won Boyz II Men’s vocal group challenge. Dolendo has shared the stage with a variety of stars, including PRINCE, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Lopez.

Ariel Arbisser is a versatile performer based in Ithica, NY. In addition to The Funx, her diverse lineup of projects include soul group The Jeff Love Band, female powerhouse ensemble Lady Jaeye, and experimental funk duo Frisky Business. Arbisser got her start with the Cornell Chodials with whom she became a nationally recognized soloist, and co-produced two of their award-winning albums. Using the Meisner technique that she studied at The Actors Workshop, she has developed the teaching module, “Sing It Like You Mean It” which she teaches at festivals and schools nationwide.

Jia Ching Lai is an assistant professor of the music department at Taiwan National University of the Arts and hosts the first a cappella radio show in Taiwan. Lai is the founder of the multi-award winning O-Kai Singers who are currently the record holder for most awards won by any vocal group in Taiwan with a total of 23 domestic and international awards.

Dr. Stephen Caldwell has received critical acclaim as a singer, conductor and composer alike, and he appears regularly in concert, recital, and stage performances throughout the country and abroad. As the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Arkansas, he conducts the Schola Cantoruma, Master Chorale and Women’s Chorus. He often serves as a vocal and pedagogical consultant for choral programs at many public schools, has adjudicated choral festivals at all levels and has prepared choirs for many leading conductors including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony. Caldwell’s original, award-winning compositions and arrangements have been performed throughout the world by various school and community ensembles including the Taipei Male Choir in Taiwan, and Temple University in Philadelphia.

Host & Special Guests:

Deke Sharon has been heralded as “the father of contemporary a cappella” and is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world. In addition to his work with The House Jacks, Deke produces NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in the US in 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC in 2010. Deke also served as music director for Universal’s “Pitch Perfect” (2012) starring Anna Kendrick, and is contemporary cappella’s most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, many of which are printed worldwide with Hal Leonard/Contemporary A Cappella Publishing. He has produced dozens of award winning a cappella albums and created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disney World, and frequently tours the world teaching a variety of topics to students and professional singers.

The House Jacks includes members Deke Sharon, Austin Willacy, Elliott Robinson, John Pointer and Nick Girard. They have inspired live audiences across North America, South America, Europe and Asia with over 3,000 performances. They feature amazing instrument imitations (drums, flute, guitar, bass, trumpet, muted trumpet, synthesizers) that are woven into their songs to create a full and varied experience for audiences of all ages.

Voco Novo hails from Taiwan and includes five singers who came together and started Voco Novo A Cappella Group with goals to create a new sound and collaborate with different art forms. Voco Novo not only tours around Taiwan, but also has performed abroad, including Korea, Hong Kong, China, Austria, Germany, and Sweden. With only a few years of experience, Voco Novo has already won many awards including “Best Solo” award at the 2010 Seoul International A Cappella Competition, “Gold Diploma” and “Han-Guang Best Performance” and “Han-Guang Best Arrangement” at the 2011 Taiwan International A Cappella Festival, “Gold Diploma” in Pop and Jazz categories and the “Best Arrangement” award at the vokal.total.2012 International A Cappella Competition in Graz, Austria.

VoiceJam is supported by NBCUniversal, Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission, Cheyenne Products, Vocal Asia and CJCHT art & culture. VoiceJam registration, submission and festival components can be found at www.waltonartscenter.org/voicejam-a-cappella-festival.

Walton Arts Center announces 5 new awesome shows

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Cinderella!

Walton Arts Center recently announced the 2015-16 Procter & Gamble Broadway Series and the special five-show package will be available for renewal or purchase next week.

“This series being presented at Walton Arts Center reflects what is happening in New York”, said Jenni Taylor Swain, vice president of programming. “This lineup represents a good revival, something for the family, winners of multiple awards and a first national tour.”

2015-16 Procter & Gamble Broadway Lineup

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Pippin

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015-Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

Pippin is Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Direct from an acclaimed run at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, this captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus; it features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main. Pippin is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory” and “Love Song.”

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Kinky Boots

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016-Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

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Mamma Mia!

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016-Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

A mother, a daughter and three possible dads will make for a trip down the aisle that you’ll never forget! Over 50 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel good show. Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek Island paradise. On the eve of her wedding,  a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

Cinderella

Tuesday, March 1, 2016-Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award® -winning Broadway musical from the creators of household names The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic fairytale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love, the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs including “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream or a really great pair of shoes.

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The Bridges of Madison County

Tuesday, April 19, 2016- Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Bridges of Madison County is one of the most romantic stories ever written. It first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, and is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award® winning Broadway musical. The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert. It’s an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at being so much more. The stunning stage production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award® winning composer Jason Robert Brown that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the expressive balladry of classic Broadway.

FYI, you’ll see construction for the WAC renovations and expansion during the upcoming year (click here to find out more about that), but shows will not be impacted. Subscriptions can be renewed or purchased by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Giveaway: Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph_TNEWThe story of Joseph is one of the most dramatic and inspiring in the Bible.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat takes us through the life of the boy whose dream came true and we’ve got FOUR tickets to give away to one lucky mama on opening night, Tuesday, March 10th 7 p.m., at Walton Arts Center.

The show runs March 10-15 and if you don’t want to take any chances, click here to buy your tickets now. The music is FABULOUS and the show is full of twists and turns!

ABOUT THE SHOW: One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

Watch this video to get a small taste of this big-scale musical:

Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including ”Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these 4 tickets, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about a time in your life when a hard circumstance worked out for the best — or about a time friends helped you get through a tough situation.

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

facebook-twitter(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

 If you don’t want to take a chance on missing this show, click here for tickets or call the Box Office at 479.443.5600.

Good luck! We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.

Giveaway: Four tickets to the Pitch Perfect Sing-a-long!

PitchPerfectThis giveaway is absolutely PERFECT. Pitch Perfect for a girls’ night out!

If you loved the movie, you’ll love the Pitch Perfect Sing-a-long on Saturday, February 28th! We’re giving away FOUR tickets to one lucky mama who can then share the tickets with three lucky friends :)

This show is the lead-up event to Walton Arts Center’s VoiceJam Festival in April. The audience will sing along to a subtitled screening of Pitch Perfect, first released in 2012 and directed by Fayetteville native Jason Moore.

ABOUT THE SHOW: This movie tells the story of a jaded college freshman who unwillingly enters the world of cut-throat, collegiate a capella, only to find that’s exactly where she belongs.

Not only will audience members get to watch and sing along with this hilariously-musical movie, but they’ll also help Walton Arts Center kick off its brand new VoiceJam A Capella Festival, with an announcement of the competition finalists taking place that night.

Practice your “Do-Re-Mi’s,” grab some popcorn and get ready for this special, one-night only event.

Show starts at 8pm.

microphoneHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these 4 tickets, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us your favorite song to sing along to with friends.

We’re partial to Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. Who remembers when we all sang that together at the NWA Mom Prom? So.much.fun.

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Remember, there will be one show on Feb. 28th at 8 p.m. at Walton Arts Center. Click here for tickets or call the Box Office at 479.443.5600.

Good luck! We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.

 

Giveaway: Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare on stage + U.S. Pizza!

TheUglyDuckling-MotherlodeWebAd_266x375We love Walton Arts Center’s Kid Series and can’t wait to see The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare.

If you’d like to take your littles, we’re giving away a family four-pack to see the show + a gift card so your crew can enjoy U.S. Pizza Co.!

ABOUT THE SHOW: With the use of electroluminescent puppetry, two incandescent story-time adventures will be brought to life right before your eyes.

Lightwire Theater presents two cherished fables in a new and brilliant light. Full-bodied electroluminescent puppetry visually dazzles like moving sculpture in this glowing theatrical experience.

In an age where television, computers and video games reign, Lightwire delivers classic tales in a visually remarkable way with an engaging musical score ranging from classical to jazz to pop.

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Ugly Duckling has helped generations of children understand one of humanity’s universal struggles, finding acceptance and inclusion without changing who you really are on the inside.

Lightwire Theater brings this story to the modern stage offering hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan.

Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare, now over 2,500 years old, continues to drive home the time-tested adage, “Slow and steady wins the race.” This age old story comes with a modern twist for the kids of today, as the Hare allows himself to be distracted by texting and video games while the Tortoise wins the race due to his discipline and fortitude.

Recommended for ages 5 and up!

USpizzaABOUT THE FOOD:We love U.S. Pizza. They are a tradition in Fayetteville and we love that they’re right on Dickson Street, so you can walk straight there from Walton Arts Center. The pizza, salads, sandwiches and more have a unique flavor that’s not duplicated in NWA.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets and dinner gift card, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us which storybook/fable from your childhood had the biggest impact on you — or the one that seems to resonate the most with your kids.

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

There will be one performance on Sunday, March 1 at 2 pm in Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.waltonartscenter.org.

Good luck! We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.

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