Legendary pianist to perform with PBSO during concert

The Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra will present “National Musical Styles and Traditions” during its concert at 4 p.m. March 16 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium.

As the great wave of nationalism spread across Europe in the second half of the 1800s, several distinct ethnic styles emerged from the musical landscape. Attendees will experience the intense Italian-opera emotionalism of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Forza del Destino Overture; the subtle, transparent imagery of French Impressionist Claude Debussy’s Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”; the strongly folk-based tunefulness of Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s tone poem, The Moldau; and the incomparably lush late-Romantic character of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring legendary pianist Gerald Robbins.

This performance is a return to Pine Bluff for Robbins, who performed last year for patrons of the Pine Bluff Dinner Theatre series. His performance garnered praise for his artistry and keyboard skills.

A native of California, Robbins now resides in New York, where he is artist-in-residence with the Lyric Piano Quartet at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY. He has developed a highly successful chamber music concert series at Queens College that continues to serve the community. He is also affiliated with the Hoff-Barthelson School of Music in Westchester, and is a member of the chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Preferred seating tickets are $30 adults and $12 for students in grades K-12. General admission is $25 for adults and $8 for students in grades K-12. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before the performance. Additional information is available by calling the symphony office at 870-536-7666 or by visiting our website at pinebluffsymphony.com

Support for PBSO is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.