The Artosphere Festival Orchestra returns to Northwest Arkansas this month as the musical centerpiece of the 10th Annual Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival, June 10-29.
The Artosphere Festival Orchestra, presented by Walton Arts Center, is comprised of more than 90 musicians from major symphonies, prestigious ensembles and distinguished programs across the globe, performing both classic and new works by leading composers.
Known for its exceptional caliber of musicianship, AFO is now in its ninth year performing under the baton of internationally acclaimed Maestro Corrado Rovaris. Rovaris also directs Opera Philadelphia and serves as principal conductor of the Italian chamber orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani based in Verona.
During this year’s Artosphere Festival, AFO will perform three main concerts – one in the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Thursday, June 20, and two in Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center on Wednesday, June 26 and Saturday, June 29.
Smaller ensembles will perform special concerts throughout the festival and as part of AFO Off the Grid in Downtown Siloam Springs on Friday, June 21 and Fayetteville’s Entertainment District on Thursday, June 27.
Artosphere Festival Orchestra
Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum
Thursday, June 20 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
8 pm | Tickets: $45
Returning for the seventh time to Crystal Bridges, this season’s all-Mozart AFO program includes Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Clarinet Concerto featuring clarinetist Andrea Levine, and Symphony No. 29. Broadcast live on KUAF 91.3 FM. Seating is limited.
Romantic Masterworks of Mendelssohn & Brahms
Wednesday, June 26 | Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville
7 pm | Tickets: $10
AFO musicians perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, featuring violinist Benjamin Beilman, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F major.
Artosphere Festival Orchestra Celebrates: The Moon
Saturday, June 29 | Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville
8 pm | Tickets $15-$49
Featuring the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès and a diverse program celebrating our closest celestial neighbor, the Moon, AFO musicians will perform a collection of works by composers ranging from Strauss, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Debussy and Puccini, to the modern likes of John Williams and David Bowie.
OTHER EVENTS FEATURING AFO MUSICIANS:
Chapel Music Series
Monday, June 17 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
6:30 pm | Tickets: $15
Hailed by The New Yorker as “one of the world’s finest young string quartets” and returning for its ninth season as principal musicians in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, the Dover Quartet will once again bring its unmistakable sound to the Crystal Bridges Great Hall, surrounded and inspired by the natural beauty of the Ozarks.
Tuesday, June 18 | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville
6:30 pm | Tickets: $15
Known for engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass is a dynamic ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players.
Saturday, June 22 | Fayetteville Farmers Market
The Aeolus Quartet
Sunday, June 23 | Hunt Chapel, Rogers
2 pm | Tickets: $15
Praised for combining smooth technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery, the Aeolus Quartet is known for performing time-seasoned masterworks alongside new cutting-edge works with equal freshness, dedication and fervor.
AFO: Off the Grid
Follow Walton Arts Center on social media for the most up-to-date schedule of Off the Grid performance times and locations.
AFO Off the Grid: Memorial Park Amphitheater in Downtown Siloam Springs
Friday, June 21 | Downtown Area, Siloam Springs | 7 pm | Free
AFO Off the Grid: Fayetteville
Thursday, June 27 | Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville | 7 pm | Free
For more information about the Artosphere Festival and a complete event lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play™ or the Apple® App Store or visit artospherefestival.org.