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DEC 14-16 Your Arkansas Symphony invites you to bring family and friends to the Robinson Center for a fun-packed holiday music extravaganza! Kids aged one to one hundred should put on a holiday sweater, grab your favorite holiday candy, and settle in to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! BUY TICKETS

JAN 26 - 27 Verdi's Overture to La forza del destino, Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Artist of Distinction Andrew von Oeyen, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3, "Scottish." Concert Sponsored by Metal Recycling Corporation. BUY TICKETS

JAN 29 Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 4, Chopin's Selections for Solo Piano, and Shostakovich's Piano Qiuntet in G minor, Op. 57, featuring Andrew von Oeyen. BUY TICKETS

FEB 9-10 Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III, grandson of the beloved librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, hosts a celebration of some of America's most cherished music from the stage. BUY TICKETS

FEB 23 - 24 Beethoven's Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy. BUY TICKETS

FEB 26 Janáček's String Quartet No. 1, Puccini's String Quartet in D Major, Verdi's String Quartet. BUY TICKETS

MAR 9-10 Beatlemania is back with Classical Mystery Tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! BUY TICKETS

APR 13 - 14 Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila, Ravel's Tzigane, Beethoven's Romance No. 2, Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, and Enesco's Romanian Rhapsody. Concert sponsored by UA Little Rock and the National Endowment for the Arts. BUY TICKETS

APR 16 Debussy's Violin Sonata, Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds. BUY TICKETS

MAY 4 - 5 Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Fine's Concerto for Oboe Section, Brahms' Hungarian Dances, and Liszt's Les Préludes. BUY TICKETS

MAY 7 Ravel's Sonatine en Trio, Francaix's String Trio, Pärt's Fratres, Dillon's Multiplicity, Gardel's Por una Cabeza. BUY TICKETS

MAY 11-12 Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams' Academy Award-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen! BUY TICKETS

Tatiana Roitman Mann's Take on De Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain"

tatiana.jpgAt this weekend's Masterworks concert, "Tchaikovsky's Passion," pianist Tatiana Roitman Mann will perform alongside the ASO in De Falla's Nights in the Garden of Spain. In this blog, Mann takes us through the musical intracacies of the featured piece :

Written in 1915, this work is a collection of three movements - impressions of gardens in the southern Andalusia region of Spain. Colorful and vibrant like the country and its history, garden evenings are full of veiled mystery and hidden images. De Falla explores pianistically a vast color palette.  In this work, the composer fully shows off the piano's dominant percussive capabilities within its nature, as well as its penchant to be a chameleon instrument - possessing the ability to transform through imitating touch and timbre.

The opening movement, En el Generalife (In the Generalife) depicts beautiful jasmine-filled gardens. Rippling sounds of fountains can be heard in the opening of the piece, and in the plaintive, harp-like entrance of the piano. Garden scenes appear and gently evaporate. Boisterous percussive textures in piano are intermingled with imitations of harp glissandi, and of fast Spanish guitar rasgueado. Fast repetitions in piano portray this Spanish guitar strumming technique, executed using the fingers of the strumming hand in rhythmically precise, rapid patterns.

The first movement erupts into a thunderous culmination and quickly evaporates with a smoky diminuendo.  Danza lejana enters as the second movement. Rhythmic flamenco melodies, accompanied by the sounds of the Spanish guitars and singers linger throughout.

En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba, the third part of this work, shows off its sparkling fountains from the very start, and the dancing musicians carousing on its grounds. Here, the rippling fountains, Spanish guitars and the dancers - all heard in the previous movements intermittently - come together in one boisterous celebration of music and sound.   

De Falla’s masterpiece is colorful, vibrant and great fun to play.  It has been exciting to explore the various tonal capacities of the piano - from fast repetitions and ostinato octaves, to white and black-key glissandi, and pianissimo chords.

I can’t wait to take you on the journey of sounds in the beautiful Spanish gardens at night, with the ASO and Maestro Mann!


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