Join the UA music department for a spring full of learning and performances. This special OLLI-only spotlight package includes four concerts in the beautiful Faulker Performing Arts Center, with exclusive pre-concert talks with conductors and performers. Also included are two classroom sessions, where you will be treated to in-depth discussions about the upcoming concert repertoire, composers, performers and more. We will begin the season with an afternoon faculty chamber recital of “Winter Impressions.” You won’t want to miss Ravel’s incredibly beautiful Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, performed by Paulo Eskitch, violin; Dominic Na, cello; and Miroslava Panayotova, piano! This diverse program also features the music of one of Ravel’s contemporaries: American composer Arthur Foote, whose Sarabande and Rigaudon will be performed by Ronda Mains, flute; Paulo Eskitch, violin; and Miroslava Panayotova, piano. And you won’t want to miss David Malis, baritone and Alan Gosman, piano performing selections from Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe,” set to the exquisite poetry of Heinrich Heine. And to top it all off, Chalon Ragsdale and Fernando Valencia will perform a marimba duet! In February, attend the U of A Symphony Orchestra Concert. Enjoy the engaging Duet-Concertino of Richard Strauss, featuring U of A faculty soloists Nophachai Cholthitchanta, clarinet and Lia Uribe, bassoon. This piece, written in 1947, the twilight of his career, was Strauss’s last composition, and it has enjoyed many performances since then. Also on this concert will be a surprise concerto: every year, the University of Arkansas hosts a concerto competition, and the winner will perform with the symphony. The concert will close with the grandeur of two of Wagner’s most beloved orchestral works: overtures from Götterdämmerung and Lohengrin. April brings the experience of the spontaneous creation of music with the U of A Jazz Lab Ensemble. Improvisation is the key element of this musical performance. Group and individual improvisation is what separates Jazz from other musical art forms. Be there in person to witness all the action and experience the on-stage interaction between the musicians. Much of the concert will consist of notes and sounds not written on the musical page! Throughout the evening the U of A Jazz Band will feature various soloists, on a variety of instruments. The musical selections will range from classic Count Basie/Duke Ellington big band swing charts, to exciting Latin jazz tunes, to contemporary modern charts from a diverse range of composers. There may even be an original tune composed just for this event and an impromptu song created on-the-spot by the entire band! Wrap up the series with a concert featurning both the U of A Wind Ensemble and Schola Cantorum. A highlight of the concert will be the performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Mass. Stravinsky, one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century, intended this work to be used liturgically as a Roman Catholic mass. However, its first performancewas at the Teatro all Scala in Milan in 1948, and its performance during church services are rare. One of his few non-commissioned pieces, the Mass is scored for mixed chorus and double wind quintet including two oboes, English horn, bassoons, two trumpets and three trombones. You won’t want to miss this exciting collaborative concert with two of our premier ensembles!