Want to hear what the orchestra departments of Conway Schools are up to?
Your best chance is to attend the annual La Fiesta Orquesta Dinner from 5-9 p.m. Friday at Bob Courtway Middle School Cafeteria.
There will be a taco salad dinner for $9 at the door, but in the gymnasium, there will be tunes from all the district’s orchestral groups, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the 7th graders, followed at 6:15 by the Conway High School and Chamber Orchestra.
The music continues with beginners at 7:15; junior high students at 7:45; and to close out the evening, the Pop/Rock Orchestra at 8:30 p.m.
Proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction benefit the orchestra program, one of the best in the state.
We are fortunate to have such a program that builds not only performers, but also our audiences of the future.
There’s a quote from the late conductor Sir Georg Solte I heard recently and can’t recite precisely.
The gist of what he said was if we get the little ones interested in symphonic music when they are young, we will have them for life. It’s much harder to build an audience from those who are older, even in their 20s.
Ole! Conway Public Schools orchestras!
I’m happy to be a Facebook friend of Karen Griebling, Hendrix music professor, who has kept her "friends" updated through the spring, summer and fall on her research on the music and life of Joseph Haydn.
(That’s in addition to the most entertaining updates on the antics of her two lively pups.)
The culmination of her research is in the form of concerts Sunday and Monday.
The first concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Reves Recital Hall, focusing on the early period, 1760-1774, "Haydn and Friends by Faculty and Friends," Dr. Julian Pranata and Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith with faculty musicians Norman Boehm, Daniel Cline and Grieblng.
The second concert is 7:30 p.m. Monday, featuring the Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Griebling with violin solos by Smith, in Violin Concerto No. 1 in C and Symphonies Nos. 26, 34 and 39.
The concerts are free.
Dr. Travis Langley, a 1986 graduate of Hendrix College, will present "A Dark and Stormy Knight" at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in Worsham on the campus.
Langley is a professor of psychology at Henderson State. A self-described "superherologist," Langley uses superheroes to teach psychology and psychology to analyze superheroes.
His lecture at his undergraduate alma mater is based on his best-selling book "Batman and Psychology."
Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 505-1234.