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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

JUN 25 Featuring musicians from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and professional singers from right here in Arkansas, this sunset concert on the lake at Wildwood's Butler Gazebo will feature favorite compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - and a little bit more.

OCT 2-3 Conductor Stephen Mulligan leads ASO in a rousing opening night performance of music from Adams, Schumann feat. Gabriel Martins, Ravel, and Stravinsky's legendary Firebird.

OCT 12 ASO musicians perform music from Brahms, Bruch, and Price in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center.

NOV 6-7 Conductor Roderick Cox leads ASO in a concert featuring piano sensation Conrad Tao and music from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms.

NOV 9 ASO musicians perform music from Martinů, Haydn, Vanhal, and Shostakovich in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center.

DEC 17-19 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 29-30 Conductor Andrew Crust leads ASO in a concert featuring violinist Shannon Lee and music from Borodin, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky.

FEB 1 ASO musicians perform music from Shaw, Ligeti, and Brahms in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center.

FEB 26-27 Violin superstar Gil Shaham joins Geoffrey Robson and ASO for a program featuring Barber's Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky, and Little Rock's own Florence Price.

MAR 1 ASO musicians perform music from Dempster, Jalbert, Renié, and Schubert in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center.

MAR 12-13 Celebrate the Queen of Soul with your ASO! This rocking program explores the career of one of the greatest entertainers in American history: Aretha Franklin!

MAR 26-27 Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of world-renowned pianist Joseph Joubert and veteran Broadway singers featuring the timeless music of the Gershwin Brothers!

APR 9-10 Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and pianist Martina Filjak join ASO for a program featuring Mozart, Strauss, and a world premiere from Tania Leon.

APR 12 ASO musicians perform music from Montgomery, Wiancko, and León in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center.

MAY 7-8 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.

MAY 14-15 Conductor Matthew Kraemer and violinist Tessa Lark join ASO for a program featuring Dvorak's New World Symphony and music from Torke and Jeremy Crosmer.

MAY 17 ASO musicians and 2021-2022 Artist of Distinction Tessa Lark perform music from Chevalier St. George, Mozart, and Mendelssohn in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center.

Cool Beats at ASO's New Program

By: Heather Honaker
July 24, 2017

“Next week, we will learn to play along with a new song,” Ms. Mariana Aun tells the Arkansas Symphony’s new bucket band.

“Will it have a cool beat like this the one we learned today?” asks Byron, bouncing with excitement, drum sticks in hand while...

Arkansas Gives Day, Beethoven & Blue Jeans, plus Beer & Brats: Big week for ASO

By: Heather Honaker
April 4, 2017

Arkansas Gives Day, Beethoven & Blue Jeans, plus Beer & Brats: Big week for ASO
I have been looking forward to this week all season. As if the Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert with Brats & Beer Street Party weren’t fun enough, this year’s...

A letter from the Sturgis Music Academy Director

By: Tze-ying Wu
August 2, 2016

Hello, my name is Tze-ying Wu and I am the director of the ASO’s newly founded education program—the Sturgis Music Academy. First of all, I would like to thank the ASO for offering me this wonderful opportunity to create this program for them. Building this program is meaningful to me considering my passion for teaching and working with younger students, but I also believe...

SHARP #4: Why SHARP?

By: Justin Craig
June 15, 2016

On June 16th, 2016, SHARP will be hosting its second official Recruitment Party at Rock Town Distillery from 6 pm to 8 pm. This event will feature free food, drinks, and musical entertainment. The most important aspect of this event, however, will be the opportunity to join SHARP.
Why should someone join SHARP? Well, aside from offering members ASO concert tickets at significantly reduced prices, SHARP regularly provides its members with...

SHARP #3: A SHARP Member’s Review of “Brahms & Dvořák”

By: Ashley Jones
April 21, 2016

I left the final River Rhapsody Chamber Music Series performance of this season excited by the new people that I had the opportunity to meet at the SHARP Event, and excited by the vast array of music that I had the opportunity to enjoy. The evening began with a SHARP Event in which members were invited to enjoy a glass of wine while getting to know one another. This experience was extra special for me because my sister was visiting from out of town. I brought her to the event as my guest. She was impressed both by the SHARP group and the symphony performance. She could not believe

ASO Youth Orchestra Member with Big Plans for the Future

By: Evan Buckner
March 22, 2016

Music hasn't always been my forte. Never would I even touch my viola when I first started playing it. It wasn't until my 6th grade year that a light in me was turned on and I just started growing musically. Soon after I was introduced into the All-Region orchestras, and after participating for two years with the all region I tried out and made it to the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra.

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