Classical Music Programming Announced for 2023 Artosphere Festival

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Nov. 15, 2022 – Walton Arts Center is proud to announce the classical programming lineup for its annual Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival, taking place throughout the month of May.

The Artosphere Festival Orchestra returns this year again performing under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Corrado Rovaris. AFO is recognized as an important classical music voice by American Public Media’s Performance Today – the nation’s most popular classical music radio program.

This year features two performances at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a 10 x10 Arts Series performance with all tickets just $10 and a thrilling masterworks performance of Ottorino Respighi’s Roman Trilogy, both at Walton Arts Center. In addition to these performances, there will be other chances to experience more intimate performances by AFO musicians during Artosphere, including the popular Off the Grid performances. More details will be available after the first of the year.

Artosphere brings together world-class performers and the community to celebrate and experience nature, as well as provide a creative framework to discuss issues of sustainability and environmental awareness.

Tickets are on sale today which appropriately, giving the sustainability focus of Artosphere, is also recognized as America Recycles Day - a day to celebrate the importance and impact of recycling, which has contributed to American prosperity and the protection of our environment. Tickets to all these performances are available at, by visiting the box office weekdays 10 am – 2 pm or by calling 479.433.5600 weekdays 10 am – 5 pm.

Artosphere Festival Orchestra

  • An Evening of Brahms and Beethoven
  • 7 pm | Tuesday, May 16 | Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
  • Tickets: $10
  • This performance will feature Johannes Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello featuring Joel Link on violin and Camden Shaw on celloand Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral.”

Dover Quartet Chamber Music Concert

  • An Evening of Haydn, Walker and Dvořák String Quartets
  • 7 pm | Wednesday, May 17 | Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Tickets: $29
  • The internationally acclaimed Dover Quartet will present an evening of exquisite entertainment. Named one of the greatest string quartets of this century by the BBC, the group will highlight over 160 years of classical music, from Franz Joseph Haydn’s Quartet in E-flat major “The Joke” to Antonín Leopold Dvořák’s Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major to George Walker’s String Quartet No. 1.

Artosphere Festival Orchestra

  • Respighi's Roman Trilogy
  • 8 pm | Saturday, May 20 | Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
  • Tickets $15-50
  • AFO performs an exceptional program showcasing Italian composer Ottorino Respighi's masterpiece, Roman Trilogy including Roman Festivals, Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.

Artosphere Festival Orchestra

  • Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum 
  • 7 pm | Wednesday, May 24 | Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Tickets: $49
  • This finale performance, in memory of Mary Ann Greenwood, will be a stunning salute to Mozart, highlighting the musical talents of the orchestra’s oboes, horns and strings. The performance includes Symphony No. 11Exsultate jubilate and Symphony No. 25.

Artosphere Festival is made possible by Friends of Artosphere. Principal support for Maestro Corrado Rovaris provided by Reed and Mary Ann Greenwood. Premier show underwriters are Kelly and Marti Sudduth and show underwriters are Peter B. Lane and Barb Putnam for An Evening of Brahms and BeethovenRespighi's Roman Trilogy and Mozart in the Museum. Artosphere Festival is sponsored by Walmart.

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 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 enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit