For the Opening Night concert of its 32nd season, the Conway Symphony Orchestra welcomed back fan-favorite UCA artist-in-residence Neil Rutman, matched with another fan-favorite, Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.
Combined with the William Tell Overture and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, the Oct. 29 performance featured the music that audiences know and love, as they’ve come to expect from the Conway Symphony.
The 7:30 concert was held at Reynolds Performance Hall.
Subscriptions are still available, with a four-concert package for $64-$116, with discounts for all students, children, and UCA faculty/staff. Contact the box office at (501) 450-3265, Mon-Fri, 10-4, or www.uca.edu/tickets.
The award-winning Rutman has performed in over thirty countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has appeared in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan, and the Schola Cantorum in Paris, with recent concert tours in the last five years of the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and the Persian Gulf. Rhapsody in Blue combines classical music with jazz-influenced effects, premiering in New York in 1924 with Gershwin himself on piano. It has since become one of the most popular of all American concert works.
Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 continued the popular theme, with cheerful and optimistic music. “It’s filled with Bohemian life,” conductor and music director Israel Getzov said, “folksy and enchanting with haunting melodies.”
The Conway Symphony Orchestra brings professional concerts, exciting guest artists and high-quality music to the Central Arkansas community. For more information on concerts and other programs, visit ConwaySymphony.org or call (501) 269-1066.