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The Fort Smith Symphony is closing out the 2017-18 season with a concert honoring Fort Smith's bicentennial and a concert that includes a world premiere of a decades-old piece.

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.

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