Artosphere Festival Orchestra Celebrates Space with Mozart, Mendelssohn and John Williams

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. May 20, 2019 — The Artosphere Festival Orchestra returns to Northwest Arkansas this month as the musical centerpiece of the 10th Annual Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival, June 10-29.

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 ninth 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 Thursday, June 20, and two in Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center on Wednesday, June 26 and Saturday, June 29.

Smaller ensembles will perform special concerts throughout the festival and as part of AFO Off the Grid in Downtown Siloam Springs on Friday, June 21 and Fayetteville’s Entertainment District on Thursday, June 27.

Artosphere Festival Orchestra

Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum

  • Thursday, June 20 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
  • 8 pm | Tickets: $45   

Returning for the seventh time to Crystal Bridges, this season’s all-Mozart AFO program includes Eine kleine NachtmusikClarinet Concerto featuring clarinetist Andrea Levineand Symphony No. 29. Broadcast live on KUAF 91.3 FM. Seating is limited.

Romantic Masterworks of Mendelssohn & Brahms

  • Wednesday, June 26 | Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville
  • 7 pm | Tickets: $10

AFO musicians perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, featuring violinist Benjamin Beilman, and Johannes Brahms’Symphony No. 3 in F major.

Artosphere Festival Orchestra Celebrates: The Moon

  • Saturday, June 29 | Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville
  • 8 pm | Tickets $15-$49

Featuring the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès and a diverse program celebrating our closest celestial neighbor, the Moon, AFO musicians will perform a collection of works by composers ranging from Strauss, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Debussy and Puccini, to the modern likes of John Williams.


Chapel Music Series

Dover Quartet

  • Monday, June 17 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
  • 6:30 pm | Tickets: $15

Hailed by The New Yorker as “one of the world’s finest young string quartets” and returning for its ninth season as principal musicians in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, the Dover Quartet will once again bring its unmistakable sound to the Crystal Bridges Great Hall, surrounded and inspired by the natural beauty of the Ozarks.

Seraph Brass

  • Tuesday, June 18 | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville
  • 6:30 pm | Tickets: $15

Known for engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass is a dynamic ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players.

Pop-Up Concert

  • Saturday, June 22 | Fayetteville Farmers Market

The Aeolus Quartet

  • Sunday, June 23 | Hunt Chapel, Rogers
  • 2 pm | Tickets: $15

Praised for combining smooth technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery, the Aeolus Quartet is known for performing time-seasoned masterworks alongside new cutting-edge works with equal freshness, dedication and fervor.

AFO: Off the Grid

Follow Walton Arts Center on social media for the most up-to-date schedule of Off the Grid performance times and locations.

AFO Off the Grid: Memorial Park Amphitheater in Downtown Siloam Springs

  • Friday, June 21 | Downtown Area, Siloam Springs | 7 pm | Free

AFO Off the Grid: Fayetteville

  • Thursday, June 27 | Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville | 7 pm | Free

For more information about the Artosphere Festival and a complete event lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play™ or the Apple® App StoreSM or visit

Artosphere 2019 is sponsored by The Walton Family Foundation, Walmart/Sam’s Club, Tyson, Experience Fayetteville, Visit Bentonville and Greenwood Gearhart. Support for Maestro Corrado Rovaris and Dover Quartet provided by Mary Ann & Reed Greenwood. 10x10 concert support provided by 3M/Post-it. AFO concertmaster support provided by Hannah & Greg Lee. Media support provided by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, KUAF 91.3FM Public Radio, Celebrate Arkansas and CitiScapes Magazine.

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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