Conway Symphony plans children's concert

With stories of beasts and fairies, pagodas and princesses, the Conway Symphony Orchestra will bring “Enchanted Tales” to life at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas.

The Conway Symphony Orchestra will present “Enchanting Tales” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. The one-hour concert will be followed by children’s crafts, refreshments and a chance to “meet the instruments.” (CSO photo courtesy of Courtney Spradlin)

This annual children’s concert is always a family favorite, for everyone from grandparents to grandchildren.

Tickets are only $6 for all seats, all ages. Purchase tickets at the Reynolds box office, 501.450.3265, toll free 866.810.0012 outside of Conway, or at The concert is underwritten by First Security Bank with guest artist sponsorship from College Square and hospitality sponsorship from Aramark.

The orchestra will perform the musical tales of Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” including versions of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Tom Thumb, The Empress and the Pagoda, and The Fairy Garden.

“Music and stories go hand-in-hand together,” said CSO conductor and music director Izzy Getzov. “This fun concert is a great opportunity to share with your family the stories we all know and love from our childhood.”

Izzy will also sneak in a little bit of learning for the kids in the audience, with his usual energetic and interactive style. Chris Fritzges, a professor of theatre at UCA, will help tell the tales, with the assistance of several theatre students acting out the scenes on stage. The concert will also feature UCA Concerto winner Simona Donova on “Carmen Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra,” by Francois Borne.

The one-hour performance will be followed by children’s crafts organized by the Conway Symphony Volunteer Guild, plus refreshments and a chance to “meet the instruments” in the lobby. Audience members are also invited to bring non-perishable items for local food banks, as the CSO participates in the Orchestras Feeding America program for the fourth year.

Now in its 28th season, the Conway Symphony Orchestra brings professional concerts, exciting guest artists and high-quality music to the Central Arkansas community. For more information on concerts and other programs, visit or call 501.269.1066.