ASO announces program for annual Home for the Holidays concert

Home for the HolidaysOne month from today, on December 19, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will present its traditional holiday concert Home for the Holidays

ASO’s traditional holiday show is back for a one-night-only performance including music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Holst’s In the Bleak Midwinter, music from the hit film Polar Express, and your favorites like “O Holy Night”, “Sleigh Ride”, and “It’s Beginning to look a Lot like Christmas!”

Vocalist Stephanie Smittle will be performing with the ASO for “It’s Beginning to look a Lot like Christmas,” “This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol),” “O Holy Night,” and “Mary Did You Know.”

Tickets are $16, $36, $57, and $70; active duty military and student tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.ArkansasSymphony.org; at the Robinson Center street-level box office beginning 90 minutes prior to a concert; or by phone at 501-666-1761, ext. 1.

Artists
Israel Getzov, conductor
Stephanie Smittle, vocalist

Program
HOLST – In the Bleak Midwinter
TCHAIKOVSKY – Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a, “Waltz of the Flowers”
Arr. O’Loughlin – Christmas Canticles
WILLSON/Arr. Holcombe – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas*
FRASER – This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol)*
SILVESTRI/Brubaker – Polar Express Concert Suite
ANDERSON – Sleigh Ride
TORME/ Lowden – A Christmas Song
ADAM/ Ryden – O Holy Night*
LOWRY/SCHRADER – Mary Did You Know?*
O’NEILL/Phillips – Mad Russians’ Christmas
O’NEILL/Phillips – Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24

*denotes a song that Stephanie Smittle will be performing with the ASO

2019-2020 Little Rock Winds season starts tonight

Image result for little rock windsThe Little Rock Winds and conductor Israel Getzov open their 2019-20 Season on Thursday, October 10th at 7:30 p.m. with “Melody and Passion”, a program of gorgeous melodies that exude passion and fire!

And, for the first time, the LR Winds’ will feature a string player as the guest soloist.  Stephen Feldman, cello, will perform Tramonto: Romanza for Cello and Winds, a reflective piece by Luis Serrano Alarcón that artfully employs full wind symphony accompaniment to the romantic cello solo.  Other lush melodies include songs from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby.  Chance’s Incantation and Dance and the finale from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 present passion and fire so hot, the band may need fire-proof tuxes.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019
Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.

Tickets are available online at lrwinds.org and are $15 for adults, $12 for adults 65 and over, and free for students.

Program

Davide Delle Cese         L’Inglesina
John Barnes Chance    Incantation and Dance
Eric Whitacre                 The Seal Lullaby
George Gershwin         Porgy & Bess
Luis Serrano Alarcón   Tramonto: Romanza for Cello and Winds
                                           Stephen Feldman, cello
Dimitri Shostakovich    Symphony #5: Finale
Leonard Bernstein        Slava!

A gifted and enthusiastic communicator in recitals, chamber music, and solo performances, Stephen Feldman’s cello playing has taken him from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Sacramento, California.  Formerly a member of the Fetter and Rivanna String Quartets, he also performed in the Quapaw and Sturgis String Quartets during his six years with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

A graduate of Swarthmore College, the Eastman School of Music, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Feldman’s mentors include cellists Steven Doane and Timothy Eddy.  He considers chamber music coach Julius Levine and Baroque specialists Arthur Haas and Paul O’dette also to be significant musical influences.

Israel Getzov has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Little Rock Wind Symphony since 2015.  He also serves as Music Director of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, and previously held the position of Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Tianjin Philharmonic, the resident orchestra of the Tianjin Grand Theater.  Mr. Getzov has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and abroad including Abilene Philharmonic, Asheville, Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Monroe Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Symphony of the Mountains, Tianjin Symphony, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Bolivia Classica, University of Taipei Symphony, and the Encuentro Jovenes Musicos Festival in La Paz, Bolivia.

Mr. Getzov started the violin at age 3, and later studied viola, piano and percussion.  An in-demand educator of ensemble techniques, Mr. Getzov holds a tenured professorship at the University of Central Arkansas and has given clinics at many schools in the U.S. and internationally.  A

Little Rock Winds was founded in 1993 to recognize the diverse heritage of the wind band tradition in Arkansas. It is dedicated to providing Arkansas communities live wind band music, including a variety of compositions and transcriptions that inspire audiences, challenge the players, and preserve the wind band tradition. LR Winds is an important outlet for the wind and percussion musicians in the central Arkansas area. The approximately 48 professional and semi-professional musicians are selected by audition and participate for personal development and enjoyment and as a service to the community. Six concerts are performed annually in Little Rock, and the band has performed statewide, from Texarkana to Cherokee Village, Harrison to McGehee.

LR Winds celebrates 25th anniversary with concert tonight

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The Little Rock Winds and conductor Israel Getzov present the band’s 25th Anniversary Concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 with a program of musical connections and milestones of the band’s 25-year history.

The concert opens with Camille Saint-Saens’ Marche Militaire Francaise which was also the opener for the Little Rock Winds’ first concert on February 8, 1994.  Also on the program from that first concert is John Philip Sousa’s lesser-known march, Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March. (At the time of 1994 concert, the march had made been available for performance only five years earlier.)

A familiar face, saxophonist Jackie Lamar, who has soloed with the band under each of the previous conductors, will perform a movement from “Radiant Blues”, an alto saxophone concerto composed by former Arkansas resident Charles Booker, Jr. and dedicated to Lamar.  West Mountain Fantasy by William Randall, Jr., is another work on the program by an Arkansas composer.  The piece is dedicated to the Little Rock Winds and Wendell Evanson, conductor, and was premiered by the band in February 1999.  Along with other selections on the program is Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, a masterwork for wind band all will certainly enjoy.

Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.

Tickets are available online at lrwinds.org and are $15 for adults, $12 for adults 65 and over, and free for students.

Program

  • Camille Saint-Saens     Marche Militaire Francaise
  • Howard Hanson           Symphony No. 2 “Romantic”, mvt. II
  • Percy Grainger             Lincolnshire Posy
  • William Randall            West Mountain Fantasy
  • Charles Booker, Jr.       Concerto for Alto Sax, Mvt. 1: Radiant Blues
  • Frank Ticheli                 Blue Shades
  • John Philip Sousa         Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March

Conway native Jackie Lamar, saxophone, has performed all over the United States as well as in Thailand, Iceland, Scotland, France, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, and Bolivia.  She performed at the World Saxophone Congresses in Valencia, Spain, and Montreal, Canada.  She is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, serving as Region 4 director for 15 years.  She is recorded on Music for the Cross Town Trio on Centaur Records.
Lamar is recently retired from the University of Central Arkansas where she was Professor of Saxophone and Jazz for 32 years.  She is one of only four females in the USA to ever be full professors of saxophone.  She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance and Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas and the Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas.  Her principal teachers were Debra Richtmeyer, Jim Riggs, and Homer Brown. This Lamar’s third solo performance with the Little Rock Winds.

Israel Getzov has won wide acclaim for his ability to evoke expressive and enthusiastic performances from his musicians.  He is in demand as conductor in the United States, China, and Bolivia. he is also the music director of the Conway Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Advisor to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.  In the U.S. Getzov has conducted ensembles in Arkansas, California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, Michigan, and Maine. Since his debut at the International Fuzhou Music Festival in 2005, Getzov has appeared regularly in China in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Fuzhou, and Hangzhou where he is a frequent guest conductor with the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra. He is also an in-demand educator of ensemble techniques and has given clinics at many conservatories in the U.S. and China.

As the Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony from 2001-2008, Getzov led classical subscription, pops, and education concerts as well as numerous outreach concerts around the state. Getzov also hosted his own weekly radio program called “Izzy Investigates” on KLRE Classical 90.5 in Little Rock and has performed live on WFMT and WBEZ in Chicago.

Raised in Chicago, Mr. Getzov’s musical studies began with the violin at age four, and later included percussion, which he played in his schools’ wind ensembles and jazz bands. At sixteen he earned a position in the violin section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed with many renowned conductors including Barenboim, Boulez, Solti, Mehta, Jansons, Spano, and Rostropovich. He was a founding member of the Rockefeller String Quartet, a professional quartet with whom he gave over 200 concerts.

Getzov holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and a master’s degree in conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and received additional training at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and the National Conducting Institute with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Little Rock Winds was founded in 1993 to recognize the diverse heritage of the wind band tradition in Arkansas. It is dedicated to providing Arkansas communities live wind band music, including a variety of compositions and transcriptions that inspire audiences, challenge the players, and preserves the wind band tradition. LR Winds is an important outlet for the wind and percussion musicians in the central Arkansas area. The approximately 48 professional and semi-professional musicians are selected by audition and participate for personal development and enjoyment and as a service to the community. Six concerts are performed annually in Little Rock, and the band has performed statewide, from Texarkana to Cherokee Village, Harrison to Wynne.

Little Rock Winds an independent, nonprofit organization.

The Little Rock Wind Symphony Christmas Concert is tonight

‘Tis the season to be jolly and the Little Rock Wind Symphony offers a concert of musical merriment with a twist of folly.

This child-friendly concert includes other holiday favorites featuring the musicians of the Little Rock Wind Symphony joined by Christine Donahue, soprano; McAfferty School of Irish Dance; combined children’s choirs from Roberts Elementary School and Second Presbyterian Church. The concert will conclude with the audience sing-along.  Music Director Israel Getzov conducts.

There will be a silent auction before the concert, offering lots of items to fill those Christmas stockings. The auction opens at 6:30 p.m. and bidding will conclude at the end of the concert intermission.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults, $8 for adults 65 and over, and free for students.

Darth Vader and Trombones tonight with the Little Rock Wind Symphony

lrws darthA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… there were trombones! Join the Little Rock Wind Symphony for the concert of the intergalactic kind!

Israel Getzov conducts the evening which features solisits Justin Cook, trombone.

The program includes:

Alfred Reed: Hounds of Spring
Richard Wagner: “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from Lohengrin
Jacques Press: Wedding Dance
Meredith Wilson: 76 Trombones
Richard Peaslee: Arrows of Time
     Justin Cook, trombone
John Williams: Stars Wars Trilogy
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 25th at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.

LR Wind Symphony concert tonight including Rep. French Hill as guest conductor

french-hill-161Congressman French Hill will be a guest conductor of the Little Rock Wind Symphony for the band’s Christmas concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 10 at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.  Rep. Hill is the recipient of the conductor’s baton, which was auctioned off this summer at the band’s annual Flag Day concert.  Hill will lead the performance of “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

This child-friendly concert includes other holiday favorites, including the LRWS’s traditional presentation of “O Holy Night”, this year sung by soprano soloist Suzanne Loerch.  The delightful Roberts Elementary School Children’s Choir returns to entertain and the LRWS Brass Choir will feature prominently on the program.  The concert will conclude with the audience sing-along.  Music Director Israel Getzov conducts.

There will be a silent auction before the concert, offering lots of items to fill those Christmas stockings. The auction opens at 6:30 p.m. and bidding will conclude at the end of the concert intermission.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults, $8 for adults 65 and over, and free for students.

 

Program

Christmas Festival

Jesse Ayers:                      Fanfare for Christmas Morning

                                          LRWS Brass Choir

Leroy Anderson:              Christmas Festival

Victor Herbert:                March of the Toys

Paul Carey:                       Peace on Earth…and lots of little crickets

Roberts Elementary School Children’s Choir

David Foster / Brown:     Grown-up Christmas List

Suzanne Loerch, mezzo soprano

Tchaikovsky / Curnow     Nutcracker Suite

J.S. Bach / Reed                 Sheep May Safely Graze

Lopez & Lopez / Bulla      Symphonic Highlights fromFrozen”

Adolph Adam / Lovrien    O Holy Night

Suzanne Loerch, mezzo soprano

Leroy Anderson:              Sleigh Ride

                                          U.S. Rep. French Hill, Christmas Conductor

Warren Barker:               It’s Christmas!

                                          Audience Sing-Along