“It’s time, John Jeter says—time for jubilation, Time for Three, time for Chaplin, time for the Fort Smith Symphony to lead the way into a new approach to concerts for the 95-year-old orchestra,” writes Becca Martin-Brown in Sunday’s (4/15) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “ ‘It’s time for people to come to the symphony,’ adds the music director, who has been around for 21 years himself. ‘It’s a season sort of geared to folks who haven’t been before, or have only been once in a while.… [The season] is a pretty mixed bag, so you can enjoy a lot of different types of music’ … Those choices—plus dining partnerships and after-hours performances to keep audiences downtown—are ‘all part of a changing philosophy of how we view the symphony and how symphonies are going to be viewed as we move into the future,’ Jeter says…. ‘There’s a huge interest from the board and staff to constantly reevaluate everything and a real openness to the idea of doing a great job.… We do sell out our concerts. But as we expand what we do, a lot will happen in those areas outside of the subscription concerts.’ ”

Posted April 17, 2018