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MARCH 28 ASO principal musicians are featured with chamber orchestra in the intimate and unique venue of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. BUY TICKETS

APR 5 Violinist YooJin Jang joins the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra for a residency and featured performance. BUY TICKETS

APR 3 The Ruth Allen Concert Series at UAMS presents a free concert featuring ASO musicians performing music from Haydn, Ibert, and Piazzolla.

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 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 Mahler's Symphony No. 5, and the world premiere of Michael Fine's Concerto for Oboe Section. 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

MAY 23 Beethoven's powerful Triple Concerto is presented in the beautiful and resonant acoustic space of Calvary Baptist Church. BUY TICKETS

SEP 28-29 The 2019-2020 season opens in collaboration with ACANSA Arts Festival of the South, featuring American trio Time for Three with conductor JoAnn Falletta and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

OCT 1 The 2019-2020 River Rhapsodies series opens with a concert featuring Milhaud's String Quartet No. 1 and Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15.

NOV 9-10 Explore the rich musical heritage of Arkansas with a pairing of composers with local roots – William Grant Still and Florence Price – with Beethoven's groundbreaking Symphony No. 3, “Eroica."

NOV 12 Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

DEC 20-22 A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture.

JAN 25-26 Ginastera, Bartók, and Copland examine the music of “home” with a program of dances honoring the folk music of their countries. Carolyn Kuan, conductor.

JAN 28 A program of works showing the power of music to capture a scene and tell a story.

FEB 8-9 Join Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte, Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins on Broadway), and Hugh Panaro (Phantom/Sweeney Todd) for an evening that features the music of two giants from the Broadway world - Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

FEB 29 - MAR 1 ASO Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson leads your ASO in a program which explores the relationship between imagery and sound, with guest pianist Andrius Žlabys.

MAR 3 Brahms's Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Schumann's Piano Quintet.

MAR 14-15 Get your dancing shoes on, head to the concert hall, and get ready to show your R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to the Queen of Soul!

APR 18-19 Conductor Eric Jacobsen leads the ASO with music from Boulanger, guest soloist Simone Porter (violin), and Berlioz's powerful symphonic portrayal of an artist's unrequited love.

APR 21 Spohr's Grand Nonet, Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1

MAY 2-3 Your ASO closes the 2019-2020 season with one of the greatest cello concertos played by one of the greatest cello soloists of our time: Zuill Bailey.

MAY 5 2019-2020 Richard Sheppard Arnold Artist of Distinction Zuill Bailey joins ASO musicians at the Clinton Presidential Center

MAY 9-10 The action-packed adventure of Jurassic Park pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival, with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.

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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