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A CELEBRATION of Breakthroughs 

Join the APO for an evening of music to accompany the Fashioning America exhibition at the beautiful Crystal Bridges Museum. It’s a tribute to American grit, glamor and cultural firsts.


We open with John Williams’ haunting A Prayer for Peace, from the Academy Award-nominated film, Munich.


Next, the evening features American Solstice composed by Barbara Harbach. It plays with three interesting musical themes, evolving into an extended fugue, and finishes with a resounding final statement.


We complete the concert with French innovator Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring brilliant cellist Anita Graef. The composition is considered by many to be one of the greatest cello concertos ever. 

Event Details


Thursday, October 13, 2022

7:00 pm


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Great Hall

600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR


$40 General Admission

$5 Students


Anita Graef

Described as "a world class musician" (Galena Gazette) who plays with “high energy and polish” (WQXR), cellist Anita Graef has earned recognition for her music making as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. Notable appearances include features in Strings Magazine, as well as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, and “Concerts from the Library of Congress.” She has also performed in recital as a guest of various radio programs, including “Young Artists Showcase” on WQXR, WFMT, WGTE, WUOL, WOSU, WVPB, NPR and others. She serves as the Artistic Director and cellist of the Juliani Ensemble, an innovative, multi-faceted chamber ensemble, with whom she has performed extensively both nationally and internationally. Highlights of 2021/2022 include concerto debuts, notably with the Louisville Orchestra among others, recital performances at Columbia University, the New Lens Concert Series, “Live from WFMT,” and a residency at the University of Missouri.


She completed her Bachelor’s studies at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Following this, she obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


Anita performs on a modern Italian cello by Ferdinando Garimberti, dated 1923.


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