Conway Symphony Orchestra presents Planets

In a unique partnership with the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Physics Department, the Conway Symphony Orchestra will be presenting Gustav Holst’s Planets on March 11. Each of the seven movements of the suite are named for a planet in the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character, as defined by Holst. Physics professor Dr. Scott Austin will provide short narration about each planet, accompanied by projected images. In an interesting comparison, Maestro Israel Getzhov (Izzy) will share about the astrological inspiration behind the music.
“For example, the movement Mars is very loud with an angry tone because it is written for Mars, the god of war. The music refers to both the astronomical planet and the astrological reference,” explained symphony General Manager Vicki Crockett. “Izzy’s view is that mythology was the science of the time- it’s how they structured their understanding of the universe then, whereas we use science today.”
Prior to the show, starting at 6:00 p.m., a STEAM fair will be hosted in the lobby of Reynolds. Representatives and interactive informational tables from organizations in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics will be present for all ages to enjoy.
Then, directly following the concert, audience members will be invited to the Conway Corporation Center for Sciences for cookies, punch, and planetarium shows in the new planetarium. Weather permitting, tours of the observatory will also be available.
The idea for the multi-tiered concert and event came from a flyer Crockett received in the mail. “There is a person who provides a show based around the music of the planets. We started looking into it and we realized we had the resources right here in our own community to be able to present a show like that. We talked with the astronomy department at UCA and they were on board. We have people with PhD’s in Astronomy right here – why would we hire an outside person?” Crockett said. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity to highlight the new planetarium and science center.”
Planets is underwritten by First Security Bank, with hospitality support from Julie’s Sweet Shoppe and Nabholz. The Conway Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization that hosts 6-7 concerts annually, with an average of 75 professional and pre-professional musicians per concert.
The concert will also include a piece by French Horn player Vivian Chang, the winner of the annual UCA Concerto competition. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last approximately an hour and fifteen minutes.
For more information, go to www.conwaysymphony.org . For tickets, contact the Reynolds Box Office at 501-450-3265. Discounts are available for groups, UCA faculty, and staff.

ARTS CALENDAR
March 2017 Events – Please check out the event website for more information and pricing.

March 1: Public recital by UCA Faculty Chamber @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 2-16: Art exhibit on view: Annual Student Art Competitive 2017 - sponsored by the UCA Department of Art @ UCA Baum Gallery; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
March 2, 9, 16, 23: Make Greeting Cards @ the Faulkner County Library; 5:00 p.m. nancy@fcl.org (PG13)
March 2, 9, 16, 23: Make Jewelry @ the Faulkner County Library; 6:00 p.m. nancy@fcl.org (PG13)
March 2: Public concert by UCA euphonium graduated student Steven Flores@ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 2-4: Endgame by Samuel Beckett Live theatre @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre; Mar 2-3, 7:30 p.m., Mar 4, 2:00 p.m.; www. uca.edu/cfac/ (PG-13)
March 3: Pizza and Painting @ Blackbird Academy of Arts; 6:00-8:00 p.m. www.blackbirdacademy.org (Ages 5+)
March 4: The DooWop Project @ Reynolds Performance Hall; 7:30 p.m. www.uca.edu/reynolds (G)
March 5: Public concert by UCA Composers Forum @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 6: Public concert by UCA saxophone guest artist Matt Taylor @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 7: Public concert by Natural Slides @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 9: Public performance and lecture by UCA Artist in Residence actor/puppeteer Rick Lyon @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Center Bridges/Larson Theatre; 3:00 - 4:00 pm www.uca.edu/cfac/ (PG)
March 9: Public concert by UCA voice student Noah Davidson@ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 9: An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Aracelis Girmay @ Hendrix Reves Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m. (A)
March 9: Adam Trent, the Illusionist @ Reynolds Performance Hall; 7:30 p.m. www.uca.edu/reynolds (G)
March 10: Driving the Delta @ Art on the Green; 4:00-6:00 p.m. www.artonthegreen.net (G)
March 11: True Alisandre in Concert @ the Faulkner County Library; 2:00 p.m. nancy@fcl.org (G)
March 11: Auditions for Barefoot in the Park @ Red Curtain Theatre; 5:00 p.m. www.redcurtaintheatre.com (Ages 20+)
March 11: STEAM Fair presented by the Conway Symphony Orchestra @ UCA Reynolds Performance Hall; 6:00 p.m. www.conwaysymphony.org (G)
March 11: The Planets presented by the Conway Symphony Orchestra @ UCA Reynolds Performance Hall; 7:30 p.m. www.conwaysymphony.org (G)
March 12: Public concert by UCA trombone graduate student Kody Hartman @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 3:00 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 13: Public concert by UCA voice graduate student Bien Haoxiang @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 14: Public concert by UCA trombone faculty Justin Cook @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 16: Public concert by UCA Wind Ensemble @ UCA Reynolds Performance Hall; 7:30 pm www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 16: Mark Spitzer Author Talk @ the Faulkner County Library; 7:00 p.m. nancy@fcl.org (A)
March 17, 18: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe presented by Blackbird Academy of Arts @ Antioch Baptist Church; Mar 17 @ 7:00 p.m.; Mar 18 @ 2:00 p.m. (G)
March 17: Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School @ Reynolds Performance Hall; 6:00 p.m. www.uca.edu/reynolds (G)
March 17-19; 23-26: How I Learned to Drive @ The Lantern Theatre; www.conwayarts.org (A)
March 20-21: Auditions for Mothers and Sons and for Stop Kiss @ The Lantern Theatre; www.conwayarts.org (A)
March 26: Public concert by UCA violin student Gustavo Fernandez @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 27: Faculty Piano Recital @ Hendrix Reves Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m. (PG13)
March 29: Public concert by UCA oboe faculty Lorraine Duso-Kitts @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 30: Public concert by UCA flute student Mary Hales @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 30: Making the Myth Real: W.H. Auden’s Homer and the ‘Shield of Achilles’ by Catherine Schlegel @ Hendrix Mills C; 7:30 p.m. (A)
March 31: Sally Barris in Concert @ the Faulkner County Library; 7:00 p.m. nancy@fcl.org (PG13)
March 31: Hendrix Dance Ensemble Spring Concert @ Hendrix Staples Auditorium; 7:30 p.m. (PG13)
March 31: Public concert by UCA percussion student Jared Hackett @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 5:00 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)
March 31: Public concert by UCA percussion student Scott Strickland @ UCA Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall; 7:30 pm; www.uca.edu/cfac/ (G)

Rating key:
G – Suitable for all ages
PG-Suggested for ages 7+
PG13- Suggested for ages 13+
A- Suggested for Adults 18+