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2015 - 2016 Concert series

Merry Pranks Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel - einmal andersVaughn Williams - Quintet in D Major

Shakespeare, Love and Dance Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and Ballet Arkansas Preparatory Program present their annual partnership and a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Buy Tickets Online

Dr. Ruth Marie Allen Concert Series at UAMS Free concert featuring the ASO Rockefeller String Quartet at the UAMS Hospital Lobby Gallery. No tickets needed - FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Ballet Arkansas Presents: The Nutcracker

Holiday Pops with the ASO The ASO’s most popular and longest running tradition brings holiday cheer to music lovers of all ages.

Capital Hotel Informance The Capital Hotel and the ASO present a FREE informance (a short, educational performance) Wednesday, January 13 at 5:15 p.m. at the beautiful Capital Hotel.

Something "New" Fine - Suite for Strings Mendelssohn -Symphony No. 1

Firebird Suite Mendelssohn - Concerto for ViolinStravinsky - The Firebird Suite (1919)

Mozart & Mendelssohn Mozart - String Quartet in A MajorMendelssohn - Piano Trio No. 2

Broadway Rocks! This high energy show brings together exciting vocalists from the Broadway stage performing selections from rock and contemporary Broadway hits.

Bernstein & Brahms Bernstein - Chichester PsalmsBrahms - Ein deutsches Requiem

Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10 Beethoven - String Quartet in C minorBach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Something "Old" Bach - Concerto for Keyboard No. 1 Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances Vivaldi - Concerto for Guitar

Capital Hotel Informance The Capital Hotel and the ASO present a FREE informance (a short, educational performance) Thursday, March 31 at 5:15 p.m. at the beautiful Capital Hotel.

Season Finale: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 Bernstein - Candide: OvertureShostakovich - Symphony No. 5

Brahms and Dvořák Brahms - Piano Trio in C minorDvořák- String Quartet No. 14

The Movie Music of John Williams Grab your popcorn and settle in for the music of Hollywood's most decorated composer!

Something "Blue" Ravel - Le Tombeau du Couperin Rutter - Suite for Strings: I Have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue

ASO’s Capital Hotel Concerts

By Scott Whiteley Carter - ASO Blog Guest Contributor

As a child, my first recollection of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra was when musicians would come to our elementary school and give a demonstration performance. We would dutifully file in and sit on the floor of the cafeteria, the aroma of lunch still lingering in the air. Yes, it was fun to get out of class. But what made the difficult task of sitting still on hard floors more enjoyable was the chance to see the musicians up close and to get to interact with them.

Scheduling, Budgeting, Negotiating, Planning, Practicing, Performing

The summer is here, which means the ASO has just finished another busy and rewarding season. While our new season doesn’t begin until September, work has been underway for months to make sure we are ready for opening night!

Learning the Ropes

By Kevin Bontempo -  Public Relations & Digital Strategies Intern

My name is Kevin Bontempo and I am currently a junior at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in marketing with an emphasis in public relations. This summer, I am the Public Relations & Digital Strategies intern at the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Along with my major, I am involved in many organizations where I play the trumpet, such as my college marching band and church orchestra.

Finding Your Note

By Jim Gunnell, ASO Subscriber

I was weeping as I sat in the shadows of the music-filled auditorium. I thought to myself, “What is wrong with me? Why am I crying?” I felt embarrassed. Here I am, a grown man crying for no apparent reason. My heart raced and beads of perspiration formed on my forehead as I tried to hold back the tears. I quickly discovered there’s no inconspicuous way to wipe tears from your face, so I let them flow. I felt like each one of them was capturing the light from the stage. I was confident that the glistening droplets must be distracting to the people sitting around me. I told myself, “Breathe. Just breathe. Inhale. Exhale.”

From the Shelves to the Stage

By Leanne Day-Simpson -  Orchestra Librarian and Education Coordinator

Even before the final notes of the ASO’s closing concert echo throughout the concert hall, work has already begun on next season’s ventures in the orchestra library and the education department.

From Executive Assistant to Director of Education and Outreach

By Barbara Burroughs -  Director of Education and Outreach

As a part of the ASO staff for over 16 years, I’ve seen many changes in the orchestra, staff and patrons over the years. 

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