The Conway Symphony Orchestra takes the stage opening night at Reynolds Performance Hall Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Under the direction of Principal Conductor Geoffrey Robson, the concert features what many would call the three greatest composers of symphonies that ever lived: Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovitch.
Tickets are $20-$38 for adults and $6 for students at the Reynolds Box Office, 501-450-3265, or ConwaySymphony.org.
Reynolds Performance Hall is located on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway, on Beatrice Powell Drive off Donaghey Avenue.
The performance is supported by Concert Patrons College Square and Snap-on Equipment, with Hospitality Sponsorship from the UCA Music Department.
"Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovitch were each revolutionary composers in their own way," explains Robson. "That’s the thread that ties them together. All three pieces have a real lyricism that brings them together as well."
The performance opens with the "Egmont Overture," one of Beethoven’s most-beloved pieces, and full of energy which showcases the vibrant youth of the orchestra.
It’s paired with "Adagietto" from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, one of the most sublime, beautiful pieces of music ever written.
For the second half, the audience will be riveted by Shostakovitch, often considered the greatest symphonic composer.
"The 5th Symphony is epic in scale and everything it represents,’ said Robson. "It’s one of the most thrilling pieces ever written, loved by musicians and concertgoers. It’s been selling out concert halls for 75 years."
With Shostakovitch as the centerpiece, joined by Beethoven and Mahler, two of his greatest musical inspirations, Robson says opening night will truly be a night to remember.
Now in its 29th season, the Conway Symphony Orchestra brings professional concerts, guest artists and quality music to the Central Arkansas community.
For more information on concerts and other programs, visit ConwaySymphony.org or call 501-269-1066.
Robson is the Symphony’s new conductor for the 2013-14 season. He is a violinist and performs frequently in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s River Rhapsodies chamber series, as well as performing in Trio Arkansas with pianist Louis Menendez and cellist David Gerstein.
As conductor, he has worked with guests artists such as Midori, the Beach Boys, Lawrence Hamilton, Timothy Jones, Henrietta Davis, Christiane Noll, Doug LaBrecque, and Calvin Lee. In addition, Robson writes and produces At the Symphony, a concert preview radio series on KLRE Classical 90.5 in Little Rock.
Previously, Robson held the positions of co-concertmaster of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Waterbury Symphony.