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Waltz Night 2013

CONWAY, Ark. (January 30, 2013) - The Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Karen Griebling, will present Waltz Night 2013 on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Worsham Performance Hall.

The event is free and open to the public; however, donations to support the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra are encouraged. For more information, contact Dr. Griebling at 501-450-1249 or

The program will include:

  • La Bamba (salsa) Traditional Son Jarocho first popularized in the 1947 film Fiesta
  • Sleeping Beauty Waltz by Peter I. Tchaikovsky
  • Thunder and Lightning Polka (polka schnell) by Johann Strauss II                 
  • Habanera from Carmen (tango) by Georges Bizet
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart (waltz) by  Leo  Friedman 
  • Lucky Lindy (foxtrot) by Abel Baer 
  • Meglio stasera (samba)  by  Henry  Mancini 
  • If You Were the Only Girl in the World (waltz)  by Nat  Ayre
  • Snow Day Waltz by Conner McMains 
  • Mystery Tango by Normand Roger arr. Jeremy Crosmer                
  • Wooster & Jeeves (Foxtrot) by Anne Dudley arr. Jeremy Crosmer 
  • Waltz for Robert by  Ryan Gaston (Conner McMains, guest conductor)
  • Jalousie (tango) by Jacob Gade 
  • Tick-Tock Polka by Johann Strauss II               
  • On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz  by Strauss      
  • Radetzky March by Strauss

Waltz Night 2013 is dedicated to Robert Brooks, a 2012 Hendrix graduate and Conway native. Brooks graduated from Hendrix with a major in chemistry and minor in music and had been a valued member of chamber orchestra during his four years at Hendrix. In fall 2012, he realized one of his dreams by joining the bass section of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.  Shortly before Christmas, Robert was seriously injured in an industrial explosion at his workplace and sustained third-degree chemical burns to his face, neck, right eye and ear, shoulders, chest arm and hand. 

Brooks' Hendrix classmates Ryan Gaston and Conner McMains will join the Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra and Arkansas Symphony principal bassist, Barron Weir, to dedicate Waltz Night to Robert as a musical tribute and "get-well" Valentine's card. Opening the program is one of Brooks' Waltz Night favorites, La Bamba, during which he appeared to dance with his bass every year.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit