Guest cellist Gabriel Martins Geneva Lewis

ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: THE FIREBIRD
SATURDAY 10/2-SUNDAY 10/3. Robinson Performance Hall. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $21-$77. 

There could be no better opening to a month known for spooky magic than Stravinsky’s breakout hit “The Firebird,” and maybe no better way to lure orchestra-deprived listeners back into the concert hall. With low-howling winds and brasses, slithering oboes and instantly recognizable leitmotifs, “The Firebird” is myth translated into sound, led in this performance by guest conductor Stephen Mulligan. Here’s a preview from artistic director Geoffrey Robson. 

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Stravinsky’s centerpiece is surrounded by other delights: John Adams’ 1985 “The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra),” Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” and Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, featuring cellist Gabriel Martins. More from concertmaster Drew Irvin: 

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Get tickets at arkansassymphony.org.

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