EL DORADO – The South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra of El Dorado has announced its 63nd concert season — Musical Escapes.
“From the incredible baritone of Nat King Cole to the classical traditions of the Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14, the 2019-20 season will transport listeners to another time and place,” according to a news release.
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $40 for premium seating, $30 for silver and $15 for bronze.
“Every concert is a reason to sit back and enjoy as the symphony takes you on a journey to far away places,” said Kermit Poling, symphony music director and conductor.
Performance dates include:
Sept. 7 — The symphony will kick off the season with the 100th anniversary of the late Nat King Cole, “one of the most popular and influential entertainers of the 20th century,” with a tribute concert featuring baritone vocalist Caesar in the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium. The celebration will feature Caesar’s jazz combo, including Natalie Cole’s guitarist, according to the release.
Oct. 31 — “Dare to experience the chilling 1922 German silent horror film, ‘Nosferatu’ accompanied by South Arkansas Symphony music director Kermit Poling’s original score performed by the West Edge String Quartet live at the First Financial Music Hall in El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District,” according to the release.
Nov. 30 — The South Arkansas Symphony will partner with the Murphy Arts District and the Arkansas Festival Ballet to bring the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” to the community. “Under the artistic direction of AFB founder and choreographer Rebecca Miller Stalcup, ‘The Nutcracker’ will feature Arkansas Festival Ballet and guest dancers accompanied by the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous score, under the direction of conductor Kermit Poling,” according to the release.
Jan. 25 — The symphony will travel to First United Methodist Church at Magnolia for the Arkansas premiere of the Concierto de Chiaro with guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro and Poling. The duo recently won the silver medal in the Global Music Awards for their performance of the concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra.
March 21 — The gold medal winner of the 69th annual Wideman International Piano Competition will perform in a chamber concert in the municipal auditorium, according to the release.
April 25 — Piano prodigy Antonio “Nio” Ajero will be featured at the municipal auditorium in an orchestra performance of Russia’s great composers, including Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.
May 16 — Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 — also known as “Death and the Maiden” — will be performed by the Emerald String Quartet.
May 23 — The annual Symphony on the Square which will feature a tour of some of the most rousing music in the American canon.
“Founded in 1956 as one of the first orchestras in Arkansas, the symphony is a 70-member professional orchestra — the largest performing arts organization in South Arkansas,” according to the release. “Today, the orchestra is the oldest in the state. The orchestra’s rich 60-plus-year tradition is built upon a firm foundation of artist excellence. The vision of the symphony is to operate as a musical leader widely recognized for the quality of its music performances and programs; to provide significant contributions to the civic and cultural life of the community; to enhance the impact of its role in education; and to develop a broad and diverse audience.”
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $40, $30 and $15. Discounts are available for students, military personnel and seniors. Subscriptions to the full season start at $90. Tickets for the special Nutcracker performance are not part of the regular subscription, but those tickets can be purchased by subscribers at a discount.
For tickets or more details, visit www.southarkansassymphony.org or call the box office at 870-863-4547. Subscription tickets will be mailed in August.