The Value was proper. So was the Dvorak, the Gershwin tune and the opening fanfare. The Bernstein was a little bit sloppy. The stage microphones have been maybe a little bit too sizzling.
Thursday evening at Little Rock’s Robinson Heart Efficiency Corridor, the Arkansas Symphony welcomed its first reside viewers shortly with a “Have fun Little Rock, Collectively” live performance, a freebie thank-you to the group for its assist by means of the pandemic and a preview of the 2021-22 season. The live performance was additionally simulcast to an out of doors display at West fifteenth and South Chester streets, close to Philander Smith Faculty, in Little Rock’s Dunbar neighborhood.
The centerpiece, and the live performance spotlight, was the premiere of composer Florence Value’s personal orchestration of her 1934 “Piano Concerto in One Motion” with pianist Karen Walwyn as soloist. The work’s three elements have been clearly outlined, the opening a Romantic classical live performance piece within the mildew of Grieg and Brahms; the second, an echo of Black spirituals; and the third a jazzy cakewalk. The efficiency was a warm-up for right this moment’s recording session on the Robinson stage with an eventual deliberate business launch.
It was an excellent match for the fourth and ultimate motion, “Allegro con fuoco,” of Antonin Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, which conductor Geoffrey Robson took at a fast tempo and with out too many subtleties. James Stephenson’s “Fanfare for Democracy” was a loud and vigorous curtain-raiser; not everyone was on the identical web page, nevertheless, by means of parts of Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide.”
Native jazz/soul/gospel singer Genine LaTrice Perez, a diminutive girl with a titanic voice, introduced issues to a fever pitch with a sneak peek of the season’s spring pops live shows, acing George Gershwin’s “Somebody to Watch Over Me” and a few songs that have been triumphs for Aretha Franklin: “(You Make Me Really feel) Like a Pure Girl” and, after a fast costume change, a blow-out efficiency with tenor Tommy Mason Jr. of “Ain’t No Mountain Excessive Sufficient.”
Robson generously supplied reside program notes from the stage, particularly useful since there was no printed program, however a few them went on longer than maybe they need to. Even for a free live performance, of us favor listening to music to speak.