‘SPOTLIGHT ON HOLLYWOOD'8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall.
It's widely assumed that most orchestral music written since the advent of electric guitar languishes outside of popular culture, done in by the inaccessibility of the avant-gardists, the skronk of jazz and, God help us, the ethereal warble of new age influences. I'd disagree. Orchestral music has been, perhaps, pushed into the corner, but it thrives in the guise of film scores. This weekend, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra,
under the conduction of guest maestro and clarinetist Carl Topilow
, tackles a handful of the greatest pieces from the silver screen, from Bernard Hermann's dizzying arpeggios in the theme from “Psycho”
to John Williams' galactic forays into Wagnerian grandiosity from “The Empire Strikes Back.”
The symphony will place its “Spotlight on Hollywood” again on Saturday, 8 p.m.