At the Symphony

Thursdays, 11 a.m.; Fridays, 7 p.m. before Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concerts on KLRE
  • Hosted by Geoffrey Robson

At the Symphony is written and hosted by Geoffrey Robson, Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra.

At the Symphony airs the weeks of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Masterworks concerts.

At The Symphony: JoAnn Falletta Conducts Scheherazade

Sep 26, 2019
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Geoffrey Robson, interim artistic director and associate conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, takes us through the program for the September 28th & 29th Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Masterworks concert.

This Masterworks concert features JoAnn Falletta as conductor and trio Time for Three. The program includes Ravel's La Valse, Higdon's Concerto 4-3 and Rimsky-Korsokov's Scherezade.

Romeo And Juliet

Oct 31, 2017

This At the Symphony features the work of Dmitri Kabalevsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. This episode of At the Symphony airs Thu., Nov. 2 from 11 a.m.-noon and Fri., Nov. 3 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. on KLRE Classical 90.5. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Masterworks concert is Sat., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. at Robinson Center in Little Rock, Ark. You can get tickets and more information at ArkanasSymphony.org.

French Connection

Oct 16, 2017
Agence de presse Meurisse [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This At the Symphony features the work of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Darius Milhaud and Kurt Weill.

This episode of At the Symphony airs Thu., Oct. 19 from 11 a.m.-noon and Fri., Oct. 20 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. on KLRE Classical 90.5. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Masterworks concert is Sat., Oct 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. at Robinson Center in Little Rock, Ark. You can get tickets and more information at ArkanasSymphony.org.

Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin

Jan 26, 2016
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On this At the Symphony, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson covers the backstory and notes of musical interest of the Overture from Rossini's opera La Gaza Ladra; Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64; Black Bend by ASO Composer in Residence Dan Visconti; and, Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite.

Beethoven and Blue Jeans

Nov 2, 2015
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This time on At the Symphony: It's Beethoven and Blue Jeans! Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson walks us through Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 95; Scott McAllister's Black Dog; and, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a. It's all in anticipation of the ASO's Beethoven and Blue Jeans event this weekend at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center.

Dvorak's Symphony No. 8

Oct 12, 2015
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This time on At the Symphony: a program of works by composers with eastern European connections. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson takes us through Zoltán Kodály's Dances Dances of Galánta, Haydn's Concerto for Cello in C Major and Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88.

Grieg's Piano Concerto

Sep 25, 2015
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On this At the Symphony​, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson takes us through Mendelssohn's "The Hebrides," Op. 26 “Fingal’s Cave;” Grieg's "Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16;" and, Borodin's "Symphony No. 2 in B minor."

  From the ASO's program notes:

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ASO Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson runs through the pieces in this week's Stella Boyle Masterworks Season Finale.

Corigliano, Beethoven and Blue Jeans

Nov 3, 2014
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The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's third performance in its 2014-2015 Stella Boyle Masterworks Concert Series includes works by John Corigliano and Beethoven.

ASO Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson takes us through the program the symphony will perform Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m.

The program includes

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The first installment in the 2014-2015 Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series includes Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major and Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in E Major.

Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto

Oct 3, 2014
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The first installment in the 2014-2015 Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series included Corigliano's Promenade Overture, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Minor and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 in D Minor.

At the Symphony covers relevant information about these three symphonic works.

Verdi's Requiem

Feb 26, 2014

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform Verdi's Requiem Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. at Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock. The performance will include a 400 voice double choir and four vocal soloists. This At the Symphony focuses on Giuseppe Verdi's great work.

You can find information about this performance in the Arkansas Symphony Masterworks Series at the ASO website.

Bohemian Rhapsody: Brahms and Dvorak

Jan 22, 2014

Geoffrey Robson explores Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat, Op. 83; Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, Op. 46/72; and, Dvorak's Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66.

These works will be performed at the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks concerts Saturday, January 25 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, January 26 at 3 p.m.

Strauss, Gulda And Beethoven

Nov 12, 2013

Geoffrey Robson explores the Viennese Waltz with Strauss's Overture to Die Fledermaus, the varied styles of Gulda's Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra and Beethoven's often overlooked Symphony No. 4.

It's the third installment in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series.

The full hour-long version of this At the Symphony aired Thursday, November 7 and Friday November 8.