PBSO to present first concert of the season Oct. 14

The Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra will present “Masterpieces through the Ages” at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 in the auditorium of the Pine Bluff Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza.

The 26th season begins with a program featuring an historical survey of music from the Baroque period to the early 20th century. Georg Frideric Handel’s popular Water Music Suite No. 2, written to be played on a barge on the Thames River for a royal water party in 1717, gets the program off to a brilliant start. This suite contains some of the most popular tunes in the Baroque literature. Then follows a masterful and charming example of Romantic composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Neo-Classical style – his Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra. The Rococo style (a term borrowed from the visual arts and architecture) was a precursor of the Classical style of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Its light, balanced yet ornamental manner appealed to Tchaikovsky; he exhibited elements of this aesthetic in much of his music, primarily his ballets. The Variations lays out each new presentation of the opening solo melody with utmost clarity, making it a most engaging and enjoyable work.

Arkansas Symphony principal cellist David Gerstein will be the featured soloist for this performance.

Preferred seating season tickets are $75 for adults and $15 for students. General seating season tickets are $62 for adults and $10 for students. Student tickets are for students in K-12th grades. Everyone is required to have a ticket. Tickets will also be available at the door for each performance.

For more information, contact Cheryl Fox at 870-536-7666.