Little Rock Wind Symphony Free Concert Coming Up

UACCM is bringing the sounds of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and more to Morrilton for the first time with “Diversions,” a free concert presented by the Little Rock Wind Symphony (LRWS) Chamber Players. “Diversions” will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the UACCM Fine Arts Auditorium and is open and free to members of surrounding communities.

The program will feature more than an hour of music including selections from Leoš Janáček and Charles Gounod in addition to Felix Mendelssohn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed by a 13-member group of musicians using flutes, clarinets, bassoons, oboes, bass clarinets, horns, tubas, and trumpets. LRWS was founded in 1992 to recognize the diverse heritage of the wind band tradition in Arkansas. It is dedicated to the performance of wind music, including a variety of compositions and transcriptions for wind band which challenge the players, inspire audiences, and affirm the wind band as a classical artistic medium. Five concerts are performed annually in Little Rock, and the orchestra has performed statewide. The LRWS Chamber Players ensemble was organized in early 2009 to offer audiences the opportunity to experience LRWS in intimate locations. LRWS is an independent, nonprofit organization and is under the direction of Dr. Karen Fannin.

Dr. Fannin has been music director of LRWS since 2006 and is also director of bands and assistant professor of music at Hendrix College, where she conducts the wind ensemble and teaches conducting, low brass, and courses in twentieth-century music and fundamentals of music. In 2008, she founded the Festival of Winds Honor Band for high school musicians held at Hendrix College each May. Fannin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado, a Master of Music in Conducting from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa.

The culture-rich concert promises to be an event which the entire family will enjoy. For more information, contact Jacob Ward at or at (501) 977-2142.


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