Conway Symphony Finale!

Popular Classics You Know and Love At Conway Symphony’s April 18 Concert

CONWAY, ARK. (April 2, 2009) – Hum along with popular classical tunes you’ve heard for years on car commercials and Bugs Bunny cartoons at the Conway Symphony Orchestra’s main stage season finale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway.

Tickets are available at the Reynolds Box Office, by phone at 450-3265 or toll free at 1-866-810-0012, and at  Prices range from $5 to $35, with significant discounts for children, students and the UCA community.  The concert is sponsored by First Security Bank.

CSO Music Director Israel Getzov said the concert will feature familiar music everyone has heard, not obscure pieces someone else ‘thinks’ they should know.  He’s chosen popular classical tunes like the love theme from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, the overture from the Barber of Seville — made famous by Bugs Bunny — and the first movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony because they are recognizable by everyone.

“These are catchy tunes, great pieces that have found their way into popular culture,” said Getzov.  “Concert goers will get a chance to hear the music in its original context; they’ll experience it with the excitement of a live orchestra.  With the overture from the Barber of Seville, they’ll be surprised how many popular tunes come from the same piece.”

Charlotte Crosmer of Conway will join the CSO as violin soloist for the concert.  “Eighteen-year-old Charlotte Crosmer, a UCA music major, is quite the talent,” said Getzov.  “I’ve watched her grow into a fabulous violinist – one of the rising stars in Arkansas who now has risen.”

Now in its 24th season, the Conway Symphony Orchestra exists to create meaningful experiences through performances and education.  Originally a joint project of the music departments at Hendrix College and University of Central Arkansas, the CSO roster is composed of both professional and pre-professional musicians.   Through the support of corporate and individual donors, the CSO keeps tickets affordable, making the enjoyment of classical and popular music available to the entire community.