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A donation to ASO puts instruments in the hands of children, makes live symphonic music accessible to all Arkansans, and makes it possible for world-class musicians to call Arkansas home. 

Every dollar counts, and each donation helps ensure a sustainable, thriving future for ASO.

ASO plans to honor the financial commitment made to the musicians as the musicians have always been there for the ASO and the community and now we want to be there for them.

Upcoming Concerts

SEP 26-27 The 2020-2021 Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Season opens with Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," and 2020-2021 Artist of Distinction: violinist Tessa Lark.

OCT 24-25 Get your dancing shoes on, head to the concert hall, and get ready to show your R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to the Queen of Soul!

NOV 14-15 Piano sensation Conrad Tao joins the Arkansas Symphony under the baton of Roderick Cox. The annual casual concert and street party features music from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms.

DEC 18-20 Kris Allen is home for the holidays! Arkansas' own Kris Allen joins the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for a program of holiday favorites and selections from the American Idol-winner's own music.

JAN 30-31 Guest conductor, Akiko Fujimoto, leads ASO and guest pianist, Martina Filjak, in a program featuring Hindemith, Mozart and Strauss.

FEB 6-7 Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of world-renowned pianist Joseph Joubert and veteran Broadway singers featuring the timeless music of the Gershwin Brothers!

FEB 20-21 Superstar violinist, Gil Shaham, performs his signature concerto: Barber's Violin Concerto, with music from Florence Price and Tchaikovsky.

MAR 13-14 Your Arkansas Symphony Orchestra transforms the Robinson Center into a fantastic world of magic, heroes, dragons, and villains.

APR 10-11 Stravinsky's famous Firebird Suite under the baton of Stephen Mulligan, with works from Adams, Schumann, and Ravel, and guest cellist, Gabriel Martins.

MAY 1-2 Violinist Shannon Lee joins ASO under the baton of Andrew Crust for a program featuring Borodin, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky's popular Concerto in D Major for Violin.

MAY 8-9 Cirque de la Symphonie brings the magic of cirque to the music hall with an exciting adaptation of exceptional cirque programs choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music.

Musician Spotlight: Katherine Williamson

By: Kendall Carwile

February 19, 2020

Katherine Williamson is in her seventh season with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, where she spent six seasons as an Arts Partner with the Rockefeller Quartet. She is now in her first season as Assistant Concertmaster and Director of the ASO's Sturgis Music Academy. The Academy will have put violins and cellos in the hands of just under 400 Pulaski County schoolchildren by the end of the 19/20 season.

Musician Spotlight: Timothy MacDuff

By: Kendall Carwile

January 28, 2020

Timothy MacDuff is in his 1st season with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a section violist for the ASO and violist for the Quapaw Quartet, which performs regularly at the Clinton Presidential Center as well as in schools and outreach events all over the state. 

Guest Blog: Dr. Linda Holzer on Little Rock Composers

Guest Blog By: Dr. Linda Holzer, Pianist and Professor of Music, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
October 4, 2019

Hometown Pride! Vienna has Haydn and Mozart; New York has George Gershwin and Aaron Copland; Little Rock has Florence Price and William Grant Still!

Guest Blog: Mark Hagemeier: Dr. Ruth Marie Allen Concert Series at UAMS

By: Mark Hagemeier, Managing Associate General Counsel, UAMS
April 1, 2019

My name is Mark Hagemeier, and I serve as the Managing Associate General Counsel at UAMS. I’ve held this role on this campus since 2008. Twice each year, employees of UAMS and I are treated to free concerts...

Guest Blog: On live film scoring, & ASO's "Raiders of the Lost Ark: In Concert"

By: Rich Aucoin, guest writer for Arkansas Times
May 15, 2018

Rich Aucoin is a musician on tour, guest writing for the Arkansas Times as he cycles his way across his U.S. performance dates to raise money for Mental Health America and The Canadian Mental Health Association. Check out his experience at Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Guest Blog: Archeology in the Natural State

By: Arkansas Archeological Society
May 9, 2018

The ASO is excited to partner with The Arkansas Archeological Society for our upcoming concert, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark! The Arkansas Archeological Society was formed in 1960 for the purpose of uniting all persons interested in the archeology of Arkansas, for the...

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