Hot Springs Music Festival Spreads Appreciation of Classial Music

Zoie Clift

The Hot Springs Music
Festival brings together hundreds of international musicians each year to the
city. From June 5-18 over 250 international musicians present 20 concerts and
250 free open rehearsals of symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber
music, oratorio and opera.

Now in its 16th year, the
two-week festival has put the city on the nation’s classical music map.

The larger concept of the
event is to make sure classical music is and remains relevant to people today
by making the music easily accessible to a wide audience range.

This year’s festival
celebrates conductors who are also great pianists, in honor of the renowned
conductor and pianist Franz Liszt. The programs will also include pieces by
Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven and Hermann Goetz.


The schedule follows a
similar format to that of previous years with four orchestra concerts,
Piano-Mania!, various chamber music concerts, a family concert and performances
at the Historic Downtown Farmers Market.

The festival also includes an opening-night
performance by the Avalon String Quartet.


Central to the festival is a mentorship
program, which pairs world-class musicians with pre-professional apprentices. The two groups play side by side
throughout the festival. Serious in focus but casual in atmosphere, festival
events take place in a variety of non-traditional venues including historic
buildings, art galleries, hotel ballrooms, churches and open-air spaces. The
majority of the concerts are held in the Hot Springs Fieldhouse. For more
information, including a schedule of events and program notes, visit


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