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Upcoming Concerts

OCT 21-22 Milhaud's Le Boeuf sur le toit, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, featuring Ji, piano, Weill's "Berliner Sinfonie," and Debussey's Petite suite. BUY TICKETS

NOV 4-5 Kabalevsky's Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. BUY TICKETS

NOV 7 Sarasate: Navarra "Spanish Dance" for Two Violins and PianoBrahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 "Meistersinger"Jefferson Friedman: String Quartet No. 13 in G minor BUY TICKETS

NOV 12 The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Geoffrey Robson, presents music from Berlioz, Haydn, Copland, and Higdon and features vocal ensembles from Parkview High School. BUY TICKETS

NOV 15 The Ruth Allen Concert Series at UAMS presents the Platypus Players in a program featuring music from Bruce Adolphe and Peter Schikele (of PDQ Bach fame). Narration by Stephanie Smittle and Dr. Richard P. Wheeler.

DEC 15-17 Put on a holiday sweater, grab a candy cane, and head to the Robinson Center for this fun-packed holiday musical extravaganza! BUY TICKETS

JAN 27-28 Bizet's Selections from Carmen, de Falla's Noches en los jardines de España, featuring pianist Tatiana Roitmann Mann, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique." BUY TICKETS

JAN 30 Arensky: Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two CellosDvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G Major BUY TICKETS

FEB 10-11 Three of Nashville's elite songwriters perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they've penned for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and many, many more! BUY TICKETS

FEB 24-25 Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, and Holst's The Planets. BUY TICKETS

FEB 27 Rachmaninoff: String quartet No. 1Cras - QuintetteMozart: Divertimento No. 11, K. 251 BUY TICKETS

MAR 10-11 Three versatile singers join the ASO to honor "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, in what would have been her 100th year. BUY TICKETS

MAR 27 Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1Ewazen: Down a River of Time BUY TICKETS

APR 14-15 Adam Schoenberg's Finding Rothko, Ravel's Ma Mère l’Oye: 5 pièces enfantines, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," with impressionist painter, Barry Thomas. BUY TICKETS

APR 13 - MAY 13 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild's 2018 fundraiser presents a design showcase at 8 Valley Creek View.

APR 17 Schoenberg, Adam: Slo-Moattr. Beethoven: Trio for Three FlutesSerocki: Suite for Four TrombonesBeethoven: String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59 No. 2 BUY TICKETS

MAY 12-13 Hold onto your hats, and watch the classic action adventure film while the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs the score live! BUY TICKETS

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. 

Preparing for Concerts

By Christian Eddings - Development Coordinator

Although this is my first year, I have gained a lot of experience preparing for concerts. As an artist, I have only known one side of being prepared for a concert, which is making sure my performance mix is perfect, rehearsing, envisioning myself on the stage, but being the one who is helping to set the stage for other artists is another experience in itself.

Working Toward the New Season

The 2014-2015 season is over, and now I don’t have to do any more work until September, right?

Emily Farris - Special Events Coordinator

As the Special Events Coordinator for Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, I have come to love many aspects of this job. Being new to the staff this year has been an eye opening experience. Seeing the effort and dedication amongst the ASO staff and musicians is what motivates me every day.

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