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Helen Barker

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) presents their closing concert of the season this weekend, with a theme of literary inspirations including Michale Daughtry's "Tales of Hemingway for Cello and Orchestra" with special guest Allison Eldredge, cello.

Ahead of the concert I caught up with Jason Miller, executive director of the APO. Listen to the full converstation in the streaming link above. 

The next Fort Smith Symphony concert "It's Time for Chaplin," includes a live performace of a Chaplin score set against his iconic film City Lights. 

"Live is always better than recorded," explains John Jeter, the symphony's music director. "There's a certain aural stimulation you get when the music is live that you don't have with a soundtrack. It can be a really interesting balance between watching a film and attending a concert."

Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 2018-19 season with a family friendly "Halloween Fantasia"  matinee concert Saturday, Sept. 29.  "Every single work that we perform this season is embracing and engaging,"remarks conductor Steven Byess. 

He speaks with Of Note's Katy Henriksen ahead of the opener to explain how this year's selection folds in music that appeals to young and old, including new pieces and favorites like Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2.

As part of Of Note's Symphony Sunday edition, Ohio-based composer Jack Gallagher allowed a rare glimpse into the deeper processes behind writing a major symphony, specifically his Symphony No.2 'Ascendant,' a tremendous work that stretches over an hour in length.

Kazem Abdullah began playing classical music at 10, but his real passion was always how the pieces of an orchestra can contribute to a whole. Now at 38, he has been following his passion for conducting for nearly ten years.

"The variety of the repertoire that one can study and perform is vast and great as a conductor," says Abdullah. "You have close contacts in a wide variety of art forms."

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