Next year is the first of their two-year hiatus from Robinson Center Music Hall (as it gets transformed into a true music hall instead of a civic gathering room).
The Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series will be performed at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center. To entice audiences who have been used to attending Robinson for ASO concerts for 40 years, Music Director Philip Mann has programmed a line up with many familiar composers. In addition, an Oscar winning musical genius will be presented.
The series will kick off on September 27 & 28 with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring Andrew Staupe on piano. Also on the program will be John Corigliano’s Promenade Overture and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major. Corigliano is the Oscar winner, having won for composing the score of The Red Violin.
On October 18 & 19, the ASO will heat things up with Blazing Brass featuring trumpeter Richard Jorgensen. The program will consist of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E Major.
The now annual Beethoven and Blue Jeans concert will be November 8 & 9. Sharon Isbin’s guitar work will be featured as the ASO plays Corigliano’s Three Hallucinations from Altered States as well as his Troubadours-Variations for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra. The Beethoven portion of the evening will be his Symphony No. 5 in C minor.
The Masterworks series will ring in 2015 on January 31 & February 1 with a Tchaikovsky & Mozart Festival. Vladimir Verbitsky will be guest conductor. The evening will feature violin soloist Randall Goosby. The program consists of Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Mozart’s Concerto for Violin No. 5 in A Major, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor.
On February 28 and March 1, the ASO will present Schubert’s “Unfinished.” In addition to that masterpiece, the musicians will play Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger and Brahms’ Concerto for Violin in D. Major.
The Masterworks Series for 2014-2015 will conclude with an evening of Mozart, Prokofiev & Strauss. Pianist Yeol Eum Son will be the featured guest artist. The program will consist of Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major – Jupiter, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 Suite.
All Masterworks concerts will be performed at 7:30pm on Saturday evenings and 3pm on Sunday evenings.
The other ASO series will be previewed by the Culture Vulture in the coming days.