Artosphere Festival Orchestra plan pub crawl, other ‘pop up’ performances

Artosphere Festival Orchestra director Corrado Rovaris has a few tricks up his sleeve this week.

Photo: Stephen Ironside

If you find yourself at a Dickson Street watering hole Thursday night, and an orchestra walks in with their instruments and begins performing next to the bar, it might not be the tequila playing tricks on you.

This week at least, it might actually be happening.

The Artosphere Festival Orchestra, led by Corrado Rovaris, is in Fayetteville preparing for several performances around the region, including a few in some unconventional places around town.

Multiple groups of orchestra members will be crawling the bars on Dickson Street Thursday night (June 14), popping in for a pint, and to play a little Brahms (or something) at several local drinking establishments beginning at BHK Cafe at 6 p.m. and eventually ending at Smoke and Barrel late in the evening.

“Pop-up” performances are also in the works for Mount Sequoyah on Friday, the Fayetteville and Bentonville Farmers’ Markets and even some local farms around the region on Saturday.

In addition to the more impromptu performances, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra will of course be playing some more conventional, scheduled, concerts as well.

A complete list of scheduled chamber music and orchestral performances are available at