2018 AFO Musician Information

2019 Artosphere Festival Orchestra Musician Information

The Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO), under the baton of Music Director Corrado Rovaris made its debut performance on May 17, 2011 at Walton Arts Center in the beautiful city of Fayetteville Arkansas.  Beginning from its premiere season in 2011, and for every year since, over 90 world-class musicians from distinguished symphonies, chamber ensembles and music schools around the world travel to Northwest Arkansas to participate in the annual festival celebrating the convergence of arts, music, nature and sustainability. In addition to traditional orchestral, chamber music, and community engagement performances, members of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra also perform pop-up mini concerts in a variety of settings, and participate in popular performances on the scenic Ozark trails and in other beautiful natural settings.

Auditions: On January 1, 2019 Orchestra Openings and Auditions Information will be available at www.getacceptd.com  More auditon details can be found at AFO Audition Information.

Festival Orchestra Dates: June 17-30, 2019

Travel dates: June 17, 23, & 26, will be arrival dates based on programming needs. All musicians will depart on June 30, 2019.

Concert Dates: June 20, 26, 29, 2019.

Repertoire: 2019 Artosphere Festival Orchestra Repertoire

Thursday, June 20
W.A. Mozart | Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525 W.A. Mozart | Clarinet Concerto in A major, K 622 Andrea Levine, Clarinet 
W.A. Mozart | Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a                                                       

Wednesday, June 26
Felix Mendelssohn | Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 Benjamin Beilman, ViolinJohannes Brahms | Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Saturday, June 29, 8pm                              
Featuring the 1902 Film: A Trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès
Francesco Micheli, Narrator & Francesca Ballarini, Illustrator
Johann Strauss II | The Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314                                      
Claudio Monteverdi | Toccata from L’Orfeo
Johann Sebastian Bach | Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
            Transcribed for orchestra by Ottorino Respighi
Georg Friedrich Händel | Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 35
Claude Debussy | Claire de lune Transcribed by Leopold Stokowski
Richard Strauss | Also Sprach Zarathustra Op. 30
Giacomo Puccini | Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
John Williams | Star Wars Main Theme
David Bowie | Life on Mars

Compensation: Each musician will receive a stipend for participating in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. Compensation will be computed for each individual residency based on instrumentation needs only. Section Principals and Concertmaster will receive additional bonus compensation.

Venues: Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Travel: Travel to and from Northwest Arkansas is the responsibility of each participating musician. Additional cartage is available for bass, cello, tuba, and harp, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Round trip ground transportation will be provided for all musicians from XNA regional airport to Fayetteville.  Round trip ground transportation from TUL, Tulsa International airport, will be provided with specific shuttle departure times from TUL TBD.     

Lodging and meals: Musician lodging will be provided by the festival at The Chancellor Hotel. Musicians should expect to share a double queen bed hotel room.  Single rooms will be available but the number is limited. Room assignments will be coordinated between individual musician and festival staff and confirmed prior to arrival.  

Each musician will receive a meal stipend based on length of stay during the festival.  This amount will be provided as part of musician compensation and will be available on the day of arrival.

Orchestra Concert Dress: Black suits with black shirts for men, no tie required. Black dresses or Black slacks with black blouses with long sleeves for women. No short skirts, no sleeveless dresses.

Musicians selected to play in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra may also participate in the Artosphere Chamber Music series, as well as the many outreach programs. 

If you are interested in participating in the 2019 Artosphere Festival Orchestra or have any questions please contact us at afo.info@waltonartscenter.org.