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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: Sibelius & Debussy

By Stephanie Smittle

SATURDAY 2/29-SUNDAY 3/1. Robinson Performance Hall. $16-$67.

$16 – $67

By this time in the season, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra — currently between maestros — has performed with a masterly cast of guest conductors. They’ve played Rimsky-Korsakov under the baton of the acclaimed JoAnn Falletta, the work of Florence Price under the direction of Andrew Grams and Copland’s rambunctious “Rodeo” in concert with Carolyn Kuan. Now, ASO’s Interim Artistic Director Geoff Robson — someone who’s intimately familiar with the ways in which the orchestra can flex its musical muscles — takes a turn at the podium for “Sibelius & Debussy.” ASO concerts tend to take their titles from the household names on the playbill, and while there’s no doubt the prelude to Debussy’s “The Afternoon of a Faun” will be luscious and the Sibelius symphony a one-movement epic, the concert’s opener is worth leaning into, especially: a seven-section take on the Biblical story of creation from English composer Thomas Adès, played by Lithuanian piano marvel Andrius Žlabys and coupled with a “mind-bending light show.” Get tickets at


March 1, 2020
$16 – $67
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Robinson Performance Hall
426 W Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
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