It’s a busy few days for the Arkansas Symphony.
The orchestra will kick off this season’s Acxiom Pops! Live series with a pair of “Halloween Spooktacular” concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall.
Orchestra members and presumably conductor Philip Mann will take the stage in costume, and are requesting their audiences to do likewise.
Mann’s prog ram will include music from Ghostbusters, Superman, Edward Scissorhands, Jaws, The X-Files, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and StarWars.
And at 7 p.m. today, the orchestra kicks off a brand new series, “ACT in Concert with the ASO” in the Sally Riggs Insalaco Theater at North Little Rock’s Argenta Community Theater.
Mann says the series’ programming will range from music for “solo instruments to a salon-sized chamber orchestra.”
Tonight’s first program, titled “Angels and Demons,” will include Andrew Irvin, violin, and Tatiana Roitman, piano, playing Giuseppe Tartini’s “Devil’s Trill” violin sonata; the orchestra’s Quapaw Quartet (Eric Hayward and Meredith Maddox Hicks, violin; Ryan Mooney, viola; and David Gerstein, cello) playing George Crumb’s Black Angels for electric string quartet and backing harpist Alisa Coffey in Maurice Ravel’s Introduccion et Allegro; and Introduccion al Angel and La Muerte del Angel by Astor Piazzolla.
Mann says he had been in discussions for some time with Judy Tenenbaum and her community theater partner, Vincent Insalaco, about a possible collaboration.
“We’ve had this thing in the works for so long now,” he says, “that I don’t remember who first mentioned it.”
The series will give the orchestra a North Little Rock outreach presence for the first time in several years, since the orchestra stopped playing Christmas concerts at East Campus of North Little Rock High School half a dozen years ago.
It will differ from the orchestra’s regular River Rhapsodies chamber series, and also from the orchestra’s Intimate Neighborhood Concert series that debuted last year. Mann says, “It will have a distinctive style and character.” But it’s all part of his plan to have audiences “engaging the musicians in a more intimate and personal way.”
Mann said he’s working on the programs for the subsequent concerts but they are likely to include percussion pieces featuring orchestra members Erick Saoud and Rick Dimond; cellist Gerstein, a champion of new music, particularly that of mentor Elliot Carter; a possible steampunk fashion component for a steampunk-based piece; and a program with a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme.
“For this series, the musicians are involved in the artistic process,” he says. “I hope it can become a playground for the individual, and a showcase for what makes them distinctive and unique.”
8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. Arkansas Symphony Acxiom Pops! Live series.
Philip Mann conducts.
Tickets: $18-$59, $10 for students and active military, free for K-12 students with a paying adult.
(501) 666-1761 ArkansasSymphony.org“
ACT in Concert with the ASO”
7 p.m. today, Sally Riggs Insalaco Theater, Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St., North Little Rock. Doors open at 6.
Tickets: $20 etix.com
Weekend, Pages 36 on 10/10/2013
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