Hot Springs Music Festival Spreads Appreciation of Classial Music


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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