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OCT 21-22 Milhaud's Le Boeuf sur le toit, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, featuring Ji, piano, Weill's "Berliner Sinfonie," and Debussey's Petite suite. BUY TICKETS

NOV 4-5 Kabalevsky's Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. BUY TICKETS

NOV 7 Sarasate: Navarra "Spanish Dance" for Two Violins and PianoBrahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 "Meistersinger"Jefferson Friedman: String Quartet No. 13 in G minor BUY TICKETS

NOV 12 The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Geoffrey Robson, presents music from Berlioz, Haydn, Copland, and Higdon and features vocal ensembles from Parkview High School. BUY TICKETS

NOV 15 The Ruth Allen Concert Series at UAMS presents the Platypus Players in a program featuring music from Bruce Adolphe and Peter Schikele (of PDQ Bach fame). Narration by Stephanie Smittle and Dr. Richard P. Wheeler.

DEC 15-17 Put on a holiday sweater, grab a candy cane, and head to the Robinson Center for this fun-packed holiday musical extravaganza! BUY TICKETS

JAN 27-28 Bizet's Selections from Carmen, de Falla's Noches en los jardines de España, featuring pianist Tatiana Roitmann Mann, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique." BUY TICKETS

JAN 30 Arensky: Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two CellosDvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G Major BUY TICKETS

FEB 10-11 Three of Nashville's elite songwriters perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they've penned for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and many, many more! BUY TICKETS

FEB 24-25 Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, and Holst's The Planets. BUY TICKETS

FEB 27 Rachmaninoff: String quartet No. 1Cras - QuintetteMozart: Divertimento No. 11, K. 251 BUY TICKETS

MAR 10-11 Three versatile singers join the ASO to honor "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, in what would have been her 100th year. BUY TICKETS

MAR 27 Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1Ewazen: Down a River of Time BUY TICKETS

APR 14-15 Adam Schoenberg's Finding Rothko, Ravel's Ma Mère l’Oye: 5 pièces enfantines, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," with impressionist painter, Barry Thomas. BUY TICKETS

APR 13 - MAY 13 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild's 2018 fundraiser presents a design showcase at 8 Valley Creek View.

APR 17 Schoenberg, Adam: Slo-Moattr. Beethoven: Trio for Three FlutesSerocki: Suite for Four TrombonesBeethoven: String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59 No. 2 BUY TICKETS

MAY 12-13 Hold onto your hats, and watch the classic action adventure film while the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs the score live! BUY TICKETS

Insights from the Maestro: Go Brahms

 

By: Philip Mann
September 25, 2017

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As a programmer, I am struck by how profoundly sounds can influence our emotions and state-of-mind. With that in mind, I am thrilled to introduce to this season's Composer of the Year, Adam Schoenberg, and the opener to our first concert, Go. Fast and furious, it is a musical depiction of a race, complete with revving engines, a breakneck pace, and wild corners.

After Go sprints to the finish, Jean Sibelius presents an immediate mood of mystery as his Concerto introduces a long, yearning theme of ever-growing intensity. Artist of Distinction, violinist Jennifer Frautschi, carries the themes to a rondo ending that has been termed "a polonaise for polar bears."

Sibelius and Brahms may appear a sea apart, but they were in many ways cut from the same traditionalist cloth. They used conventional structures yet still created and innovated with boundless inspiration. In the composer's own words, "You have no idea how the likes of us feel when we hear…a giant like [Beethoven] behind us." With the shadow of Beethoven looming, Brahms worked on Symphony No. 1 for more than 20 years, finally confirming to himself that he could follow in Beethoven's footsteps. Indeed, Brahms' First is commonly referred to as Beethoven's Tenth! With these multifaceted works and such a superlative soloist, we find ourselves with an inspiring and powerful opening for our season.

Musically Yours,

Philip Mann

P.S.: Tickets are still available - click HERE! Remember, all ticket holders are invited to join me pre-concert for Concert Conversations! This weekend we will be in the Upper Tier lobby beginning one hour before each performance. I hope to see you there!

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