Siloam Springs, Arkansas (June 12, 2012) - John Brown University welcomes the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, presented by the Walton Arts Center, to the Berry Performing Arts Center on June 17 at 7:00 p.m. The orchestra, conducted by Maestro Corrado Rovaris, is composed of 80 of the finest musicians in the world, from 13 countries and 27 states in the U.S. The event at JBU is free, but tickets are required and limited. Tickets can be reserved at www.artospherefestival.org/afo or by calling the Box Office at 479.443.5600. The concert is titled “English Perspectives: Iconic Masterworks by Elgar & Walton,” and will feature Roberto Diaz on viola.
“We are honored the Walton Arts Center has chosen to bring Maestro Rovaris and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra to the Berry Performing Arts Center,” said Dr. Pollard, president of the university. “We are pleased to partner with the Walton Arts Center as they bring magnificent cultural events to our communities in Northwest Arkansas.”
Artosphere first debuted in 2010, growing into a six week programming that served more than 20,000 people. In 2011, the festival was nationally recognized and featured as one of the top 10 Summer Festivals for Families in “Road Trips for Families,” a popular blog. This year, Artosphere Festival Orchestra has been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today twice on May 22 and June 12. Performance Today is broadcast on 260 public radio stations across the country and is heard by about 1.3 million people each week
About Corrado Rovaris: Artosphere Festival Orchestra Music Director Corrado Rovaris serves as Music Director of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and concurrently as the Principal Conductor of I Virtuosi Italiani, based in Verona Italy. Symphonically, Mr. Rovaris has led ensembles such as La Scala Filarmonica, Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the Orchestra du Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), among others.
About Roberto Diaz: A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz holds the prestigious position of President and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music. He follows thereby in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Rudolf Serkin, Gary Graffman, Efrem Zimbalist and Josef Hofmann. As a professor of viola at Curtis and former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and will continue to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator.
John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked first among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 44 countries. JBU is a member of the council for Christian Colleges and Universities.