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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

FEB 27-28 Music from Strauss and Dvorak.

MAR 20-21 Music from Arthur Honneger, Anna Clyne, and Astor Piazzola!

APR 10-11 Stravinsky's "l'Histoire du Soldat" (Soldier's Tale) with a TBA collaboration!

APR 13 ASO musicians perform music from Yevgeniy Sharlot, Judith Markovich, and Johannes Brahms.

MAY 1-2 Music from Prokofiev and Mozart!

MAY 11 ASO musicians perform music from Benjamin Britten and Carl Reinecke.

MAY 21 Program to be announced for this one-show-only concert!

From the U.S. to the U.K.: Meet the Composers of "A Lyric Return"

By: Kendall Carwile

January 14, 2021

From New York City to Paris the composers featured on ASO's first Masterworks concert of the season come from unique and diverse backgrounds. Did you know that George Walker was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music? Or that Claude Debussy worked for Tchaikovsky's patroness, giver her kids piano lessons? ... 

Guest Feature - Little Rock Soirée: The Show Must Go On(line)

By: Todd Traub, contributing writer, Little Rock Soirée

October 28, 2020

Pay cuts, rescheduling, deficits and uncertainty. It sounds like today’s headlines, but for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra it’s history. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to...

Stella Stories: A Legacy of Philanthropy

By: Scott Carter, Public Affairs and Creative Economy Advisor for the City of Little Rock

October 16, 2020

When Stella Boyle Smith died at the age of 100 on July 9, 1994, she was well known for her love of music and philanthropy.  It is a lasting connection of her to a building in which she spent so many hours as an arts patron.

Stella Stories: From the Beginning

By: Kendall Carwile

October 2, 2020

You see her name attached to our Masterworks series, but did you know that the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra wouldn't exist without her? 

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. 

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