The Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra:
A cornerstone of culture in southeast Arkansas
Now in its 28th year, the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra continues to carve out its niche as a cornerstone of culture in southeast Arkansas. The symphony plays three scheduled concerts per year to its home audience in Pine Bluff and one in Monticello for the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association. The scheduled home concerts are:
- Fall (September-October)
- Holiday (December)
- Spring (March)
Concerts are held in the auditorium of the Pine Bluff Convention Center, 500 East 8th Avenue.
Season or individual concert tickets are available from the symphony office, 870.536.7666, in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center at 211 West Third Avenue in Pine Bluff. Individual concert tickets are also available at the door on concert days. Download a 2014-15 ticket brochure here.
The orchestra also performs a special children's program associated with, but not a clone of, one of the regularly scheduled concerts. This performance is an extension of the symphony's deep commitment to its educational program for aspiring young southeast Arkansas musicians.
Never a dull moment
There's never a dull moment at a Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra concert. Under the direction of Maestro Charles Jones Evans, the 65-piece orchestra serves up a crowd-pleasing assortment of traditional symphonic works, contemporary symphonic works and "pops" selections. Special guest performers and groups are retained for most concerts.
The symphony has a loyal following. A substantial number of season ticket holders have held on to their seats from day one and always renew their performance subscriptions. Season and individual tickets are available from the symphony office.
Although musicians of the orchestra hail from the four corners of Arkansas, for the most part, regulars of the orchestra live and work within 50 miles of Pine Bluff. If a composition on the schedule calls for special instrumentation beyond the normal roster, special instrumentalists are retained for individual performances.
Support is always welcome
As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, the symphony continually seeks support outside ticket sales which account for only about 15% of the annual budget required to keep the orchestra financially healthy and performing.