South Arkansas Symphony to perform Saturday night in Magnolia

Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., the South Arkansas Symphony will deliver a concert hosted by the First Baptist Church of Magnolia.  “This will be a concert full of wonderful, surprising music,” promises the South Arkansas Symphony’s Music Director, Kermit Poling.  Although there will be traditional favorites, Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, there will be other surprising musical gems to for the audience to experience.

The performance begins with Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3, which draws on Gregorian chant, lute music from the Renaissance, and Baroque keyboard pieces about birds. Respighi demonstrates his clear love of early music. 

One of the highlights of the evening will be to hear two South Arkansas Symphony members showcased for J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor.  The only surviving eighteenth-century version of Bach’s Concerto, BWV 1060, is one for two harpsichords and string orchestra, which he transcribed around 1736, but which exists only in a copy and not in a manuscript in his own handwriting.  Bach frequently transcribed works to accommodate various performance needs, and most of his keyboard concertos are actually arrangements of concertos for violin and for oboe, only some of which survive in original form.  In the case of the present Concerto, it was probably derived from a version by Bach for oboe and violin ( or possibly two violins), an assumption based on the music itself. Principal Oboist, Theresa Zale Bridges and Concertmaster, Elizabeth O’Bannon will perform and surprise you with their technique and the beauty of their sound.

Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, with its own wonderful surprises, will close the evening. Franz Joseph Haydn’s well-known jovial personality and humor shine through in this symphony. Often called the Surprise Symphony because of a famous moment in the Andante movement, music lovers everywhere enjoy this beautiful music.

The concert will take place in the First Baptist Church located at 318 E. Main St., Magnolia, AR. 71753. Ticket prices are: Adults-$20, Seniors/ Groups $15, College Students $10, and Kids (k-12) are $5.  Kids receive a free Larry’s Pizza Voucher good for one free pizza and a drink. For tickets, call 870-862-0521, go to, or make your purchase at the door.


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