The Conway Symphony will present "Tinsel, Tutus, Tunes and TUBAS!" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas.
Featured guests include the Arkansas Festival Ballet, the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir, the TUBACHRISTMAS Troupe and Santa Claus. The concert is underwritten by Fortier, Inc. with guest artist sponsorship by Smith Ford.
Tickets are $6-$38, available at the Reynolds box office, 501-450-3265, toll free 1-866-810-0012, or www.uca.edu/tickets.
Back by popular demand for its second visit to the Conway Symphony holiday concert, the Arkansas Festival Ballet will perform an expanded selection from The Nutcracker.
"Our Nutcracker was such a huge hit last season, this year we’ve taken it to the next level with even more scenes, dancing and music," said CSO conductor/music director Izzy Getzov.
"Arkansas Festival Ballet is delighted to once again appear with the Conway Symphony Orchestra and bring the best of the beloved holiday classical ballet, The Nutcracker, to the Reynolds Performance Hall audience," said AFB executive director Janet Aronson.
Principal dancers for the performance are Matt Redix, Hot Springs; Drake English, Fort Smith; Emily Karnes, North Little Rock; Rachel Powell, Cabot; Meredith Short, Maumelle; Matthew Morley, Sherwood; and Anthony Bryant, Sara Williams, and Gracie Davis of Little Rock.
Joining the CSO for the first time will be the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir, an audition-entry choir which has performed in Little Rock, Dallas and at several events in Conway including Toad Suck Daze and ArtsFest. Under the direction of Ryan Fisher, the choir will perform Pueri Concinite by Johann von Herbeck.
The TUBACHRISTMAS troupe, coordinated by Christian Carichner, will share the stage in the Central Arkansas gathering of the international phenomenon. Started in 1974, TUBACHRISTMAS brings together the tuba and euphonium players from across the region to perform traditional Christmas music.
"Singers, dancers, musicians, tubas, Santa — It’s going to be jam-packed," Getzov said. "We’re bursting at the seams with talented performers."