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Conway ArtsFest to Include Hendrix Composers, Performers

CONWAY, Ark. (September 28, 2017) – Hendrix College’s involvement in the 11th annual ArtsFest, presented by Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA), includes a variety of contributions by members of the Hendrix community. All events are free and open to the public.

The Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra will be performing works by Hendrix student composer Danielle Rosson ’18 and faculty composer Dr. Karen Griebling at the Conway ArtsFest concert set for 3 p.m. Saturday, October 7 at First United Methodist Church of Conway, 1610 Prince Street. 

Rosson’s composition, “Echo,” is a work for a small chamber ensemble. It was created with the intent of being choreographed by a member of the Hendrix Dance Ensemble. “The piece is largely quiet and introspective,” she says. “It, along with the unfinished choreography, aims to depict coping with individual stress, grief, and other factors while carrying on with our everyday lives.”

Griebling’s piece, “Middleham Triptych,” was inspired by events that occurred during her research trip to the United Kingdom last July. “Middleham Castle is a ruin that once was the primary Yorkshire residence of Richard III, about whom I wrote my third opera in 2014,” she said. “While I was conducting some follow-up research in Yorkshire, I was inspired by the beauty of the landscape and evocative ruins and, in particular, in the second movement a solar mirage known as a parhelion that appeared over the castle on the evening of July 18.”

Alumna Sydney Hickok ’17 will also have a new scene from her opera, “Abelard and Heloise,” premiered by Hendrix students Bridget Yelk ’17, mezzo soprano, and Joshua Beggs ’19, tenor, as part of the same program.

The Hendrix Dance Ensemble will lead off a day of outdoor performances featuring various music and community theatre groups at the Kris Allen Stage in Downtown Simon Park. Their 10 a.m. performance will include The Right to Bear Regrets, choreographed by Brian Earles ’18, which premiered at the ensemble’s 2017 Spring Concert; and Individuals Strengthened by Community, choreographed by Kathryn Bolt ’18, which premiered in the 2017 American College Dance Association conference adjudicated concert series at Auburn University.

Dance Ensemble members appearing at ArtsFest are Bolt, Earles, Elaina Heikes ’20, Erika Levy ’18, Yasmin Newman ’18, Jennifer Norman ’19, and Rosie Ronca ’20.

In addition to the involvement in performances by Hendrix community members, Hendrix Dean of Students Jim Wiltgen serves as the chair of ArtsFest 2017.

About Conway ArtsFest

ArtsFest is planned and presented by the Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA), its board of directors and community volunteers. Learn more about ArtsFest on Facebook at, or at

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit