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National Symphony Orchestra to perform in Riceland Hall
March 24 as part of 2009 American Residency in Arkansas
March 3, 2009 --
The Fowler Center
presents the National Symphony Orchestra in concert as the opening event
of the symphony’s 2009 American Residency in Arkansas.
The concert will take place on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., in
Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
The American Residency program is a one-of-a-kind outreach project of
the National Symphony Orchestra of the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts. In 1992,
Symphony Orchestra (NSO) began the American Residency program as a
project unique throughout the world. On behalf of the orchestra, the
nation's center for the performing arts accepts one residency invitation
each year, making a state or a region the focus of a host of activities.
The National Symphony Orchestra has never been in Arkansas before, and
it will not return to Arkansas for 50 years.
The goals of the project are: to share all elements of classical
instrumental music throughout a given region; to explore the diversity
of musical influences within the state; and to give the region a musical
voice in the nation's center for the performing arts through training
programs, career development opportunities, and commissions.
The Arkansas Arts Council invited the Kennedy Center to choose Arkansas
as the site of the NSO’s
2009 American Residency. Between Tuesday, March 24, and Tuesday, March
31, the members of the orchestra will participate in approximately 150
education and performance activities throughout the state. The residency
is funded by the Kennedy Center through a grant from the U.S. Department
of Education, as it has been since 1994. Since 2006, the chamber music
and outreach performances have been supported by the Kennedy Center Abe
Fortas Memorial Fund for chamber music and by a major gift to the
fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
There will be a total of six orchestral concerts in the state, including
an NSO Young People’s Concert in Helena. Dozens of educational and
outreach activities and other events are being planned.
The repertoire for Arkansas’s evening concerts will include the overture
to Wagner’s opera “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” Hungarian composer
Leó Weiner’s “Serenade, “ three dance episodes from Bernstein’s “On the
Town,” and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. Principal conductor
Iván Fischer will conduct.
“This will be my first American Residency,” stated Iván Fischer. “When I
first heard of this great, unique initiative of the National Symphony
Orchestra, I thought it was a brilliant idea. I am very happy to
participate. The American Residency is one of the signature projects of
the National Symphony Orchestra and our musicians are incredibly
committed and generous with their time and talents. The National
Symphony Orchestra will also interact with our teachers, students and
artists while in Arkansas. The orchestra will invite up to six students
to Washington to participate in the Summer Music Institute next June,
and it will award a Teacher Fellowship to one Arkansas teacher,
custom-designed to further that teacher’s career goals. Finally, the NSO
will commission a chamber work from an Arkansas composer. This intensive
involvement will only add to Arkansas’s national reputation as a leader
in arts education programming.”
Since its inception in 1992, a hallmark of the American Residency
project has been its responsiveness to the artistic and educational
wishes of each state. Each state prepares a list of requests, ranging
from in-school appearances to workshops for teachers to full orchestral
concerts, and prioritizes those requests for the National Symphony
Orchestra, with the orchestra then fulfilling as many of those requests
as logistics, scheduling and budgetary limitations allow.
Tickets for this event may be purchased by calling (870) 972-2781 or
1-888-278-3267. Tickets may be purchased online at
http://www2.astate.edu/tickets. Ticket prices are $30 and $20. Proceeds
from ticket sales will be given to the ASU Music Department for their
scholarship fund. On performance evenings, the box office in Fowler
Center opens one hour prior to the event.
For more information, call the Fowler Center at (870) 972-3471. For more
information on the NSO’s 2009 Arkansas Residency program, visit
www.uca.edu/cfac/nso/nso.html, or visit
http://www.kennedy-center.org/nso/community/ for information about
the Kennedy Center’s American Residency program.