Arkansas Symphony announces changes to current season, moves music director search and pops series to 2021-22

Posted on: September 21, 2020

“The COVID-19 pandemic is causing the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to shift the schedule it announced a little more than a month ago, postponing its conductor search and its entire Pops Live! schedule to the 2021-22 season and paring down its spring Masterworks lineup to include shorter concerts with smaller-scale works,” writes Eric E. Harrison in Wednesday’s (9/16) Arkansas Democrat Gazette (Little Rock, AR). “The orchestra had announced a revised season Aug. 8, moving its slate of fall concerts to the spring. Now, citing pandemic-related restrictions to the number of players the orchestra can field in each concert, as well as the limits to the size of audiences, the orchestra has moved its slate of five 2020-21 guest conductors, some of whom would be candidates for the currently vacant music director’s spot, to 2021-22…. Former Music Director Philip Mann left the podium after the 2018-19 season. Geoffrey Robson has been running the orchestra as interim artistic director…. ‘We are so fortunate to have the flexibility to make these exciting changes,’ said Executive Director Christina Littlejohn. ‘We remain committed to serving the community, continuing to employ our musicians and staff, and to being strong when the pandemic passes.’ “