fort smith symphony

The Fort Smith Symphony embarks on a series of diverse concerts this season, each exploring frontiers of musical expression- as well as the very literal frontier of Fort Smith, which turns 200 next year.

Conductor John Jeter stopped by to discuss the concerts of 2017-2018 and the multitude of styles it explores.

The latest Fort Smith Symphony season isn't that far away. Concerts include a world premiere and a celebration of the Fort Smith bicentennial.

The Fort Smith Symphony has two concerts left in the 2016-2017 season.

Cover to Fort Smith Symphony's 20th Season Catalog

This season John Jeter celebrates his 20th anniversary as music director for the Fort Smith Symphony. With such a run, one might assume Jeter was steeped in music theory since birth. "I got interested in music in sort of a backwards way," he admits. "There wasn't much music at home." Rather, his lifelong love of classical music began after visiting a friend whose mom always had classical recordings on the turntable. The 2016-2017 seasons kicks off September 11th with superstar violinist Joshua Bell.

  Believe it or not, there was a time when John Jeter, music director of the Fort Smith Symphony, didn't even know what a symphony was. What drew him in was simply beautiful music. As he explains to me, he fell in love with the form when visiting a friend whose mom always had recordings of Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner on the record player.