Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra to present concert March 2

The Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra will present “Classics in The Popular Vein” at 7 p.m. March 2 in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium, 1 Convention Center Plaza .

Attendees to the concert will experience the wide spectrum of popular influences on symphonic music throughout history, from Mozart’s use of Turkish military percussion in “The Abduction from the Seraglio Overture” to the incorporation of native popular melody and harmony in Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” and African-American William Grant Still’s “Wood Notes”.

They will also experience the jazzy and lighthearted cinematic style of Swedish composer Lille Bror Söderlundh’s Oboe Concertino, featuring PBSO principal oboist, Lorraine Duso Kitts. They will also enjoy one of the finest examples of the popular waltz idiom elevated to concert hall grandeur – the Emperor Waltzes of Johann Strauss Jr. – and a classic operatic overture that has become a popular icon – Gioacchino Rossini’s famous William Tell Overture.

Kitts is an associate professor at the University of Central Arkansas teaching double reeds and adjunct oboe instructor at Hendrix College.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Preferred adult tickets are $30 and students (K-12) are $12. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students (K-12).

Additional information is available by calling the symphony office at 870-536-7666 or by visiting the updated website at