Conway Symphony presents Opening Night!

The Conway Symphony Orchestra takes the stage at Reynolds Performance Hall 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, for Opening Night!

Principal conductor Geoffrey Robson.

Under the direction of principal conductor Geoffrey Robson, the concert features what many would call the three greatest composers of symphonies that ever lived: Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovitch.

Tickets are $20-$38 for adults and $6 for students at the Reynolds Box Office, 501.450.3265, or Reynolds Performance Hall is located at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, on Beatrice Powell Drive off Donaghey Avenue. The performance is supported by Concert Patrons College Square and Snap-on Equipment, with hospitality sponsorship from the UCA Music Department.

“Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovitch were each revolutionary composers in their own way,” said Robson. “That’s the thread that ties them together. All three pieces have a real lyricism that brings them together as well.”

The performance opens with the Egmont Overture, one of Beethoven’s most-beloved pieces, and full of energy which showcases the vibrant youth of the orchestra. It’s paired with “Adagietto” from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, one of the most sublime, beautiful pieces of music ever written.

For the second half, the audience will be riveted by Shostakovitch, often considered the greatest symphonic composer. “The 5th Symphony is epic in scale and everything it represents,’ said Robson. “It’s one of the most thrilling pieces ever written, loved by musicians and concertgoers. It’s been selling out concert halls for 75 years!”

With Shostakovitch as the centerpiece, joined by Beethoven and Mahler, two of his greatest musical inspirations, Opening Night will be a truly be a night to remember.

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.