The Arkansas Symphony will give the premiere performances of D.J. Sparr’s new Concerto for Jazz Guitar on April 9 and 10, with Ted Ludwig as soloist. Writing for guitar often stymies composers, but Sparr is unique in that he himself is an excellent guitarist who has premiered many new works, including Michael Daugherty’s Gee’s Bend.
The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform Sparr’s The WOW! Signal in May, rounding out this celebration of Sparr’s music in Arkansas.