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.



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



A British Invasion at the Little Rock Wind Symphony tonight

LRWS flagThe Little Rock Wind Symphony opens its 2015-16 season with “British Invasion,” a program of British music for winds.  Israel Getzov conducts in his debut concert as the LRWS music director.  The concert starts at 7:30pm at Second Presbyterian Church.

The program includes:

  • Jacques Offenbach: La Belle Hélène
  • Gustav Holst: First Suite for Military Band
  • John Williams: Cowboys Overture
  • Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
  • Malcolm Arnold: The Padstow Lifeboat

Sponsored by Robert and Jo Ann McQuade.

Admission is $10, $8 for seniors, free for students.

The Little Rock Wind Symphony was created in 1993 to recognize the outstanding heritage of the wind band in Arkansas by providing a performance opportunity for professional and semi-professional wind and percussion musicians.

Creative Class of 2015: Israel Getzov

Israel Getzov 286x400Newly appointed Little Rock Wind Symphony music director and conductor Israel Getzov has won wide acclaim for his ability to evoke expressive and enthusiastic performances from his musicians, and begins his inaugural season with the LRWS in 2015-2016.

Getzov is also the music director of the Conway Symphony Orchestra and the principal conductor of the Tianjin (China) Philharmonic. He is in demand as guest conductor in the United States as well as China.

As the Assistant 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.

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.

Meshugga Klezmer Band tonight at The Studio Theatre

klezmerCome hear Arkansas’s premiere (maybe only) klezmer ensemble!!!

It all begins tonight at 7:30 pm at The Studio Theatre. For only a $10 cover, experience the joy of Meshugga Klezmer Band (

Meshugga Klezmer Band was formed in Little Rock in 1999 and has performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, for bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and at Jewish food festivals, Juanita’s Cantina, Wildwood Park, the Afterthought Lounge, Acoustic Sounds Café, and private parties.  They have played on the stage of both the Joseph Taylor Robinson Memorial Auditorium and the Ron Robinson Theater.

Klezmer music has eastern European Jewish folk roots and is characterized by the cantorial, vocal, often crying style reminiscent of Jewish prayer. Like the cantor, the lead musicians sob, laugh, and slide from note to note.

The musicians include:

  • Jim Harper: clarinet
  • Izzy Getzov: violin
  • Stephanie Smittle: vocals
  • Rand Retzloff: drums
  • Peter Miller: guitar
  • Casey Huie: Trombone
  • Roland Gladen: bass


Little Rock Wind Symphony in concert tonight. 


After inclement weather last month, the Little Rock Wind Symphony will be in concert tonight at 7:30pm at Second Presbyterian Church with Diabolical

Under the baton of Israel Getzov, conductor candidate, it will feature guest artist Blake Tyson on marimba. 

The program includes: 

  • Leonard Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town”
  • James Barnes: Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Paganini
  • Hector Berlioz: “March to the Scaffold” from Symphonie Fantastique
  • Blake Tyson: Anubis for Marimba and Wind Ensemble World Premiere
  • Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”), Third Movement
  • Julius Fučík: Thunder and Blazes

Sponsored by Robert and Jo Ann McQuade

Meshugga Klezmer Band at South on Main Local Live Tonight

meshugga11-14.jpeg.190x140_q60_cropTonight’s installment of Local Live features the fabulous Meshugga Klezmer Band! Presented by the Oxford American magazine, Local Live showcases the best of local and regional music talent and is always free and open to the public. Call ahead to South on Main to make your reservations and ensure a table: (501) 244-9660.  The music starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Meshugga Klezmer Band was formed in Little Rock in 1999. They are still to this day Arkansas’ only klezmer band. Klezmer music has eastern European Jewish folk roots and is characterized by the cantorial, vocal, and emotional style reminiscent of Jewish prayer. Like the cantor, the lead musicians sob, laugh, growl, and slide from note to note. Meshugga Klezmer Band has performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings, and at local festivals, lounges, and private parties.

Band members include Jim Harper (clarinet), Stephanie Smittle (vocals), Izzy Getzov (violin), Casey Huie (trombone), Peter Miller (guitar), Roland Gladden (bass), and Rand Retzloff (drums).

Arts & Humanities Month: Sunday Afternoon Music Little Rock Wind Symphony; Arkansas Chamber Singers

Little Rock audiences have two options for Sunday afternoon music today. The Little Rock Wind Symphony presents its first concert of this, its 19th season at 3pm at Little Rock’s Second Presbyterian Church.  Under the direction of Dr. Karen Fannin, music director since 2006, the program is entitled Warhorses for Winds.  The featured soloist will be Andy Wen on Alto Saxophone.  His appearance is underwritten by Fran and Dr. Al Nelson.

A highlight will be the world premiere of a new composition commissioned by the Little Rock Wind Symphony – Karen Griebling’s “Moduli Mundi” (“Tunes of the Cosmos”).

The program also consists of:

  • Samuel Barber: “Commando March”
  • Camille De Nardis: “The Universal Judgment”
  • Gustav Holst: “Second Suite in F”
  • Percy Grainger / Sousa: “Country Gardens”
  • Gustav Holst: “Mars”

Also at 3pm, the Arkansas Chamber Singers will be presenting their first concert of the season. Their performance will be in the Great Hall at the Clinton Presidential Center.  (They actually presented this concert as well this past Friday evening at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.)  Since 1979, the Arkansas Chamber Singers have been presenting a variety of classic and contemporary vocal works.

This season has the theme: “Masters in the Hall.”  The first concert is appropriately titled “Masters in Hall, Masters in the Fall.”  Under the direction of artistic director and conductor Dr. John Erwin, the singers will perform works by the Baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi.  The singers will also perform selections by Brahms and Schubert.  To conclude the program, they will present “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre. Joining the singers in this concert will be cellist Stephen Feldman and violinist Israel Getzov.