World War II

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University of Arkansas French professor, Kathy Comfort's 2018 book 'Refiguring Les Années Noires: Literary Representations of the Nazi Occupation,'  was released in paperback this July.

According to its program note, Jef van Hoof's second symphony is a "war symphony." Writing in 1941, the Flemish composer jotted in the margin, "The whole world is gone—wiped from the face of the earth," no doubt in reference to the turmoil surrounding Hitler's recent invasion of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Explore how this composer translates chaos into symphony on this week's program.  

Composer Michael Shelle's Resilience was inspired by both a Mendelssohn string quartet and a piece of writing he discovered on a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. The work receives its world premiere performance when the Fort Smith Symphony opens its 2015-2016 season with the help of guest soloists Alaina Rea, viola, and Joshua Devries, cello.