Batesville Symphony Celebrates Winter Festival Jan 7

Title: Batesville Symphony Celebrates Winter Festival Jan 7
Location: Independence Hall of UACCB, Batesville, AR
Description: Batesville Symphony Celebrates Winter Festival

Batesville Community Orchestra, composed of talented area musicians, performs in a new location, Independence Hall of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, January 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM. This second jewel of symphonic offerings follows the Delta Symphony of October 2012. (A third concert is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2012.)

The Winter Festival concert opens with the memorable John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare” from the 1984 Olympics. Completing the program are:

The Vivaldi Concerto Op. 3, No 11,

(featuring Veronica Krogen, Nancy Summitt, and Kevin Peek) Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, IV;
Hector Berlioz “Roman Carnival Overture”; and Mussorgsky’s “The Great Gate of Kiev.”

This is a family-friendly concert at Independence Hall of UACCB and sponsored by memberships and donations to Batesville Symphony League. It is free and open to the public.

In its role of furthering symphonic development, Batesville Symphony League also sponsors school-age strings through the North Arkansas Youth Orchestra under the direction of Andrea Steward. BSL provides a full orchestra experience in the Batesville Community Orchestra, directed by Barbara Reeve. Every year, twenty or more young students also attend its local summer music camp, “String Fling.” The League offers new membership to those who wish to see this cultural opportunity continue. President Joel Plaag and the board of directors administer funds, including grants from Arkansas Arts Council, to bring a professional orchestra to the community every year and offer these local programs.

Noting the absence of a symphonic opportunity for music students in our community, Director Barbara Reeve initiated the Batesville Community Orchestra more than 10 years ago. She continues to train many of its string players, building the program. In 2004 the Batesville Public Schools added strings to their curriculum at West Magnet Elementary. As these students gain experience, they reinforce the foundation of the orchestra. The orchestra seeks to utilize qualified area players and has openings in all sections. Several of its current adult string players began performing ten years ago in the youth orchestra.

“We want our brightest and best young adults to return to Batesville, to a way of life they treasure. When high-school students graduate, their hobbies and extra-curricular activities may endure into adulthood and strengthen their ties to our community,” asserts Mrs. Reeve. She is delighted to see gifted orchestra alumni return from college to participate in the upcoming concert. “We draw from every corner of the northeast part of the state, including Russellville, Mountain Home, Searcy, Shirley, Greers Ferry, Paragould, Jonesboro, Brinkley, Little Rock, Hardy, Oil Trough, Newark, and Batesville. During the recent Delta Symphony concert, people asked, ‘but, when does our community orchestra perform?’ Please join us for the Winter Festival performance at Independence Hall of UACCB, January 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM.”
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Date: 2012-01-07