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Chamber group welcomes Chinese pianist



Tao Lin, a Chinese piano prodigy who was admitted into the Shanghai Conservatory at the age of 8 and founded the Berlin Piano Quartet, will perform for the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $20 at the door for adults and $10 for students with ID.

Tao Lin’s appearances in Asia, North America and Europe have brought critical accolades and praise for his subtle, intimate pianism and brilliant technique. He was born into a musical family in Shanghai, and has gone on to win prizes in numerous competitions, including the Alexander Tcherepnin Award.

He has soloed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Miami Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Civic Orchestra and University of Miami Symphony. Lin is a founding member, along with the Jacques Thibaud String Trio, of the Berlin quartet.

Lin’s program will consist of works by Haydn, Chopin, Schubert and Balakirev.

St. Mark’s is at 1000 N. Mississippi. For more information, call 228-5991.

Perez jazzes up Wildwood
Genine Perez will highlight “An Elegant Evening of Jazz,” a benefit for the LISA Academy music program, on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts.

The show begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $25. The event also includes a silent auction and reception.

Wildwood is off Kanis Road at 20919 Denny Road in West Little Rock.

For more information, visit www.sdpentertainment.com or www.misspoetry.com.

Novelist Gaiman to speak at UCA
Neil Gaiman, author of “American Gods,” “Anansi Boys,” “Good Omens” (with Terry Pratchett) and other novels and the creator of the “Sandman” comic-book series, will read from his work at an appearance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus.
Gaiman is the fifth artist to come to UCA this year for the university’s Artists in Residence program. In addition to the public reading, he’ll conduct a master class with UCA writing and Honors College students.

The English-born Gaiman was a rock journalist, book reviewer and critic before he started writing fiction. The “Sandman” series has won many comics industry awards, and one issue won the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story — the first comic ever to win a literary award.

The reading and book-signing are free. For more information, call (501) 450-3293 or e-mail MCastens@uca.edu.

Christian comedian Pierce performs
“Queen of Clean” comedian Chonda Pierce will appear at Park Hill Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, promoting her latest DVD, “A Piece of My Mind.” She has appeared more than a dozen times at the Grand Ol’ Opry and has five certified gold comedy albums.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and $25 for the Artist’s Circle. For more information, call 753-3413 or 800-965-9324.

NLR community band celebrates holidays
Holiday music — broadly defined — will dominate the program at the 70-member North Little Rock Community Concert Band’s final performance of the 2006 concert season, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Center, 401 W. Pershing Blvd. in North Little Rock.

“The First Holiday Concert of the Year” will honor Veterans Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the college football bowl season. Selections include “Solid Men to the Front” by John Phillip Sousa, “Greensleeves” and “Arkansas Pearl Harbor Survivors March,” composed by the band’s director, Rico Belotti.

The concert is free, but concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early in order to get a seat. For more information, call 758-2576 or visit www.northlittlerockband.com.

Pianist returns to Hendrix 
Award-winning pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at Hendrix College’s Reves Recital Hall.

It’s Dinnerstein’s second appearance at the Conway college: She performed with cellist Zuill Bailey there in 2005.

Dinnerstein, a graduate of Juilliard, is known for her warm and varied tone and her unusual interpretations. She has performed around the country, including several concerto and chamber music programs at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. At Juilliard, she was awarded the William Petschek Piano Scholarship, the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship and the Chopin Award.

Admission to the recital is free. For more information, call 501-450-1249.

Summit of pastors
Arkansas native Jerry D. Black, author of the new book “The Must of the Matter,” will lead a public conference called “The Back to the Basics Summit” on Friday, Nov. 10, at the First Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

Panelists include Charles Kelly of New Hope Baptist Church, Steve Arnold of St. Mark Baptist Church and William Robinson of First Baptist in North Little Rock. The four pastors will participate in a discussion titled “Moving from Religion to Relationship,” in which they examine the spiritual state of the mainstream African-American church. Fred Harris of Life Abundant Ministries will be the moderator.

The event begins at 7 p.m. First Baptist is at 811 Scipio A. Jones Drive.

Black will sign copies of his book after the panel discussion, and will also appear at Pyramid Bookstore in the River Market from 11 am. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Call 374-9394 for more information.

Quick hits
Other events worth noting: Pinnacle Mountain hosts a fall hayride from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11; admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids and must be paid in advance, call 868-5806. … Sample healthy turkey and vegetarian holiday meals at Wild Oats Natural Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11; admission is free, 221-2331 for more information. … And take advantage of free health screenings, exams and information at the 13th annual Grand Health Fair from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the State Fairgrounds’ Hall of Industry; for more info, call 664-5932.


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