The 2013-14 Pine Bluff Sympony Season:
Celebrating Musical Traditions
The Early Romantic Tradition
Sunday, October 6, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Living in a climate of significant social change and inspired by Beethoven’s dramatic stylistic advances, early Romantic composers built upon the Classical-period musical aesthetic, infusing it with a greater range of emotional expression.
From the lighthearted sentiments of Gioacchino Rossini’s comical Cinderella Overture and Felix Mendelssohn’s charming Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”) to the more intensely personal language of Hector Berlioz’ sensuous song cycle Summer Nights (performed by Pine Bluff native, soprano Eleanor Pearl), the energetic yet pathos-laden Overture of Robert Schumann and the mercurial elegance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (featuring PBSO Concertmaster Linda Hsu), the Early Romantics blended Classical clarity and Romantic sentiment into a compelling artistic idiom.
Holiday Traditions: Music of the Season
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
his family-oriented program, itself a Pine Bluff Symphony tradition, highlights music traditionally associated with the holiday season, including excerpts from The Nutcracker, beloved classical and popular vocal selections from Ave Maria to White Christmas, favorite Christmas carols, popular orchestral pieces such as Die Fledermaus Overture, Troika (Russian Sleigh) Song, Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves’ and Sleigh Ride, our annual audience sing-a-long and more! Special guests include the Arkansas Festival Ballet and a host of area performers.
Classics in the Popular Vein
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
As the great wave of nationalism spread across Europe in the second half of the 1800s, several distinct ethnic styles emerged from the musical landscape.
Experience the intense Italian-opera emotionalism of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Forza del Destino Overture; the subtle, transparent imagery of French Impressionist Claude Debussy’s Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”; the strongly folk-based tunefulness of Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s tone poem, The Moldau; and the incomparably lush late-Romantic character of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring legendary pianist Gerald Robbins.