by Robert Bell
ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 'ANCIENT AIRS & DANCES'
8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $14-$52.
The fourth installment of this season's Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series features works by Respighi, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, all under the direction of guest conductor Guillermo Figueroa.
ASO's Conductor Philip Mann said in a preview that Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances" offers listeners "a charming work full of all kinds of tuneful melodies." Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major is "one of the great classical symphonies, partly in the style of Haydn, but giving you a picture of the great Beethoven and that forceful sound that is to come."
The program also features what Mann called one of the season's highlights, Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" for solo cello and orchestra. "It's an opportunity for principal cellist David Gerstein to step forward and demonstrate the extraordinary talents that are present within your Arkansas Symphony Orchestra," he said.
The show will be performed again Sunday at 3 p.m.