Conway Symphony plans 'Tinsel and Tutus'

The Conway Symphony Orchestra will present its traditional holiday performance “Tinsel and Tutus” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Reynolds Performance Hall.

The concert features festive tunes and an audience sing-a-long, plus highlights from The Nutcracker performed by the Arkansas Festival Ballet, a performance by the Voices of Central Arkansas (formerly Central Arkansas Children’s Choir), and a special lobby pre-show by TUBA Christmas.

Tickets are $20-$38 for adults, $6 for children/students, and $15 for groups of 10 or more at the Reynolds Box Office, 501.450.3265, or Reynolds Performance Hall is located on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway, on Beatrice Powell Dr. off Donaghey Avenue.

The performance is supported by concert sponsor Conway Corporation. Guest artist sponsors are Raymond James and Smith Ford. Hospitality sponsor is Nabholz Construction.

“This will be a traditional and fun-filled holiday performance that will have everyone in the hall singing and dancing to familiar melodies,” said conductor Geoffrey Robson. With the beautiful and heartwarming children’s choir performance of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, and audience favorites Sleigh Ride, Adeste Fidelis and A Rockin’ Christmas, the evening will be a perfect start to a festive season.

New this year, the Arkansas Festival Ballet will add the beloved Grand Pas de Deux to its performance, with a full second half of Nutcracker highlights including the “Sugar Plum Fairy,” the “Waltz of the Flowers,” the “Arabian Dance” and more.

“Arkansas Festival Ballet looks forward to this continued partnership with the Conway Symphony Orchestra and to bringing the joy of ‘The Nutcracker’, a long-time favorite ballet classic for the holiday season, to the Conway audience,” said executive director Janet Aronson.

Santa will stop in for a visit with the orchestra, leading the choir and the audience in a sing-a-long before visiting with children in the lobby during intermission. Parents are invited to bring cameras for free photos.

Families are also invited to attend Nutcracker Sweets, hosted by the Conway Symphony Guild, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, next to the performance hall. Children will enjoy cookies and punch, crafts, the stories of The Nutcracker, and a chance to visit the ballerinas and the Maestro before the performance. Tickets are $5 for children, with no charge for accompanying adults, and are available at

Now in its 29th 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.