Brass Blaze at this Weekend’s Arkansas Symphony Orchestra concerts

Photo by Kelly Hicks

Photo by Kelly Hicks

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO), Philip Mann, Music Director and Conductor, presents the second concert in the 2014-2015 Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series: Blazing Brass. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra‘s Principal Trumpet Richard Jorgensen performs the classic Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major by Haydn, and Bruckner’s colossal Symphony No. 7 in E Major completes the program. The Masterworks Series is sponsored by the Stella Boyle Smith Trust. The concert is sponsored by Aristotle, Inc.

The concert takes place at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center, 100 Victory Lane, Maumelle, AR, Saturday, October 18 at 7:30, 2014 p.m., & Sunday, October 19 at 3:00, 2014 p.m.

American Airlines Concert Conversations – All concert ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert lecture an hour before each Masterworks concert.  These talks feature insights from the Maestro and guest artists, and feature musical examples to enrich the concert experience.

Tickets are $19, $35, $49, and $58; active duty military and student tickets are $10 are can be purchased online at; at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center box office beginning 90 minutes prior to a concert; or by phone at 501-666-1761, ext. 100. All Arkansas students grades K-12 are admitted to Sunday’s matinee free of charge with the purchase of an adult ticket using the Entergy Kids’ Ticket, downloadable at the ASO website.

Richard Jorgensen, trumpet
Philip Mann, conductor

HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Anton Weidinger, a trumpeter with the Vienna Court Orchestra, sought a new concerto to show off his new, more versatile type of trumpet. Several composers responded to his request, and Weidinger was delighted to hear of Haydn’s desire to compose the Trumpet Concerto.

The ecstatic reception of the premiere of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 – including 15 minutes of applause – marked the greatest success of Bruckner’s life. The work presents all of Bruckner’s principal characteristics: rich spacious themes, rustic dance rhythms in the scherzo, and the extra degree of exaltation which was his alone.

About the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 49th season in 2014-2015, under the leadership of Music Director Philip Mann. ASO is the resident orchestra of Robinson Center Music Hall, and performs more than sixty concerts each year for more than 165,000 people through its Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series, ACXIOM Pops LIVE! Series, River Rhapsodies Chamber Music Series, and numerous concerts performed around the state of Arkansas, in addition to serving central Arkansas through numerous community outreach programs and bringing live symphonic music education to over 26,000 school children and over 200 schools.