Artosphere Festival Orchestra Brings Beethoven, Mozart and an American Sampler to NWA in June

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. (June 6, 2018) — The Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO) returns to Northwest Arkansas this month as the musical centerpiece of the 9th Annual Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival, June 10-23.

The Artosphere Festival Orchestra, presented by Walton Arts Center, is comprised of more than 90 musicians from major symphonies, prestigious ensembles and distinguished programs across the globe, performing both classic and new works by leading composers.

Known for its exceptional caliber of musicianship, AFO is now in its eighth year performing under the baton of internationally acclaimed Maestro Corrado Rovaris. Rovaris also directs Opera Philadelphia and serves as principal conductor of the Italian chamber orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani based in Verona.

During this year’s Artosphere Festival, AFO will perform three main concerts – one in the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on June 15, and two in Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center on June 19 and June 23. Smaller ensembles will perform special concerts throughout the festival and as part of AFO Off the Grid.

“We are so excited to have the Artosphere Festival Orchestra return for an eighth season in Northwest Arkansas,” Walton Arts Center President and CEO Peter B. Lane said. “These performances include something for everyone, whether you love Beethoven and Mozart, Broadway or just the opportunity to experience fantastic live music in an unexpected setting.”


Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
Friday, June 15, 8 pm | Tickets $40 (Sold Out)

From the Great Hall of the world-class Crystal Bridges museum, Rovaris leads the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in the sixth annual Mozart in the Museum performance. This exceptional program features Jonny Greenwood’s Water; Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with special guest soloists Marie Tachouet on flute and Cheryl Losey Feder on harp; and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 “Prague.” The concert is sold out but will be broadcast live on KUAF 91.3 FM Public Radio. The performance will be broadcast in Walton Arts Center’s Bradberry Amphitheater following Trail Mix in Fayetteville.

10x10 Arts Series

Beethoven Masterworks
Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville
Tuesday, June 19, 7 pm | Tickets $10

AFO performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor Concerto” with special guest Italian pianist Maurizio Baglini, followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral Symphony.” This concert will be illustrated and animated live by French artist Grégoire Pont.

The American Spirit
Featuring Violist Roberto Díaz
Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville
Saturday, June 23, 8 pm | Tickets $10-$49

This contemporary American sampler features Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Concerto in three movements with the incredible artistry of violist Roberto Díaz. Each composer brings a distinct voice to a concert that exemplifies the best of American classical music.


Chapel Music Series

Dover Quartet
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville
Tuesday, June 12, 7 pm | Tickets: $15 (Sold Out)

One of the world’s most in-demand ensembles, this acclaimed quartet—Bryan Lee and Joel Link, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; and Camden Shaw, cello—also serves as the principal strings for the AFO. This evening of incredible entertainment features Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80 andAlexander von Zemlinksy’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15.

Chapel Music Series

arx duo: Percussion Re-Imagined
Hunt Chapel, Rogers
Wednesday, June 13, 7 pm | Tickets: $15

Aspiring to expand the genre of percussion chamber music through performing and creative collaboration, arx duo has been blazing a trail in the realm of contemporary music since its inception at the Yale School of Music in 2014. Since then, members Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney have performed and held educational clinics across three continents. For this performance, the duo will perform Steve Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas; Igor Stravinsky’s Piano Rag Music, Tango, Scherzo and Circus Polka; Seeds by Leonardo Gorosito and Rafael Alberto; The lonelyness of Santa Claus by Fredrick Andersson; Table Talk by Alyssa Weinberg; and Alejandro Viñao’s Book of Grooves. Arx duo are members of the AFO and will also lead a variety of community engagement performances throughout the region during their time in Northwest Arkansas.

Chapel Music Series

An Evening of Music with Roberto Díaz and Friends
Featuring Zorá String Quartet & Dover Quartet
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
Wednesday, June 20, 7 pm | Tickets: $25

Artosphere concludes its chamber music concerts with this very special program combining the talents of the award-winning Zorá String Quartet, the internationally renowned Dover Quartet and acclaimed violist and Curtis Institute of Music President Roberto Díaz. Tonight, Diaz leads the musicians as they play Scott Slapin’s Capricious for Three Violas, Antonín Dvorá̌k’s String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97 “American,” and Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20.

AFO: Off the Grid

AFO musicians go off the grid, leaving the concert hall to perform their favorite music in bars, coffee houses and restaurants. Come see these musicians play everything from Bach to Beyoncé. This year’s Off the Grid expands beyond Fayetteville to the downtown districts of Siloam Springs and Springdale. See Artosphere App or website for specific performance locations and times.

Thursday, June 21, 7 pm | Fayetteville’s Dickson Street Entertainment District | Free
Friday, June 22, 7 pm | Downtown Springdale | Free
Friday, June 22, 7 pm | Main Street, Siloam Springs | Free

The 2018 Artosphere Festival celebrates art, music and nature with free and low-cost performances, activities and events that the whole family can enjoy. Featuring artists and performers from around the world who are inspired by nature, Artosphere provides a creative framework for the community to discuss issues of sustainability and environmental awareness.

To purchase tickets and for more information about the Artosphere Festival Orchestra and the 2018 Artosphere Festival, download the Artosphere App, available on Google Play™ or in the Apple® App StoreSM; visit; or call the Walton Arts Center Box Office at (479) 443-5600.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit

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