Symphony Orchestra concert featuring classic and contemporary country hits

The South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will team up this weekend with the band Jeans ‘N Classics to perform a tribute show to a beloved member of the community.

America’s Heartland, featuring classic and contemporary country music, is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St.

SASO and Jeans ‘N Classics have teamed up frequently over the past few years to blend an orchestral aesthetic with various genres of music including R&B, pop, psychedelic, rock, country folk and more.

Over the past two decades, Jeans has assembled a group of musicians “who understand orchestra culture and are committed to helping build a younger, loyal following for symphony orchestras across North America.”

The members of Jeans reject the “tribute band” label and have presented themselves as a group that faithfully interprets the music of legendary rock and pop albums and singers, “with their own special and signature flair”.

On Saturday, Jeans will join SASO for a show that will feature music from some of the most iconic and popular names in classic and contemporary country music, including Pasty Cline, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and many more.

Sara Coffman, executive director of SASO, said the show will honor the late Edwin B. Alderson Jr. This year marks the 5th commemoration of Alderson’s passing.

He died in October 2017 from cancer. He was 77 years old.

Alderson was a prominent lawyer, judge, and businessman who, along with business partner William C. Nolan, started Noalmark Broadcasting in the early 1970s.

A known music lover, Alderson was a strong supporter of the arts – locally and beyond, including SASO – and “all things El Dorado”.

He was one of the first to start El Dorado Festivals and Events Inc., a private non-profit organization that gave birth to the Murphy Arts District.

When illness fell on Alderson, Festivals and Events moved forward to outline its vision to develop a multi-million dollar entertainment district based on music, theater and festivals.

Unfortunately, Alderson did not have the opportunity to attend MAD’s grand opening celebration, which took place just days before his death.

However, MAD officials, friends and family said Alderson’s footprint “is everywhere” in the entertainment district.

“It’s for the Alderson family. There’s no one more deserving,” Coffman said.

For more information on tickets and ticket prices for America’s Heartland, call 870-310-2244.

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