by Robert Bell
ASO: "BEETHOVEN & BLUE JEANS"
8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $14-$48.
If the only thing that's been holding you back from checking out the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is your lack of a tuxedo, top hat and monocle, well here's your chance to take in some Beethoven while wearing your Saturday evening best. That's right, you can go to the symphony wearing your Loverboy T-shirt and those purple acid-washed Z. Cavariccis with the nine pleats and the ultra-high waist (and yes, you are encouraged to tight-roll those bad-boys).
This program features, of course, Beethoven (Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72b and Egmont: Overture) as well as Bernstein's symphonic dances from "West Side Story" and Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1 by composer and electric violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, who performs with the ASO. Roumain is often referred to as DBR. You know somebody is for real if he goes by initials alone, which means DBR is probably the SRV of the classical scene.
In addition to the Beethoven and the blue jeans, concertgoers can enjoy bratwursts and $2 beers from Diamond Bear. Prior to the concert, The Episcopal Collegiate School Steel Drum Band will perform out in front of Robinson.
The ASO reprises the concert at 3 p.m. Sunday; same price and place.