SEP 28-29 The 2019-2020 season opens in collaboration with ACANSA Arts Festival, featuring American trio Time for Three with conductor JoAnn Falletta and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
OCT 1 The 2019-2020 River Rhapsodies series opens with a concert featuring Milhaud's String Quartet No. 1 and Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
OCTOBER 5 Little Rock and your Arkansas Symphony have the honor of hosting one Broadway's brightest stars for an exclusive evening of music: Heather Headley on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at the Robinson Center! BUY TICKETS
NOV 9-10 Explore the rich musical heritage of Arkansas with a pairing of composers with local roots – William Grant Still and Florence Price – with Beethoven's groundbreaking Symphony No. 3, “Eroica." BUY TICKETS ONLINE
NOV 12 Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 BUY TICKETS ONLINE
NOV 20 The Ruth Allen Concert Series at UAMS presents a free concert featuring ASO musicians performing music from Michael Fine and Mozart.
NOV 22 Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, the elite ensemble in ASO's ASOYE program, performs selections from Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, and Chabrier's Larghetto. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
DEC 19 ASO's traditional holiday show is back for a one-night-only performance including music from Tchaikosky's Nutcracker Suite, Holst's In the Bleak Midwinter, music from Polar Express, and your holiday favorites like O Holy Night, Sleigh Ride, and It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! BUY TICKETS ONLINE
DEC 21-22 A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
JAN 19 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles (two strings groups, two full orchestras) perform at Wilbur D. Mills High School in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
JAN 25-26 Ginastera, Bartók, and Copland examine the music of “home” with a program of dances honoring the folk music of their countries. Carolyn Kuan, conductor. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
JAN 28 A program of works showing the power of music to capture a scene and tell a story. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
FEB 8-9 Join Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte, Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins on Broadway), and Hugh Panaro (Phantom/Sweeney Todd) for an evening that features the music of two giants from the Broadway world - Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
FEB 29 - MAR 1 ASO Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson leads your ASO in a program which explores the relationship between imagery and sound, with guest pianist Andrius Žlabys. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
MAR 3 Brahms's Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Schumann's Piano Quintet. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
MAR 14-15 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! BUY TICKETS ONLINE
APR 10 Cellist Jeremy Crosmer conducts a residency week with ASYO, followed by an appearance as guest soloist with the elite youth ensemble. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
APR 18-19 Conductor Eric Jacobsen leads the ASO with music from Boulanger, guest soloist Simone Porter (violin), and Berlioz's powerful symphonic portrayal of an artist's unrequited love. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
APR 21 Spohr's Grand Nonet, Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1 BUY TICKETS ONLINE
APR 26 Preparatory, Prelude, and Academy Orchestras perform, followed by the ASYO sitting Side by Side with the professional musicians of the ASO. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
MAY 2-3 Your ASO closes the 2019-2020 season with one of the greatest cello concertos played by one of the greatest cello soloists of our time: Zuill Bailey. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
MAY 5 2019-2020 Richard Sheppard Arnold Artist of Distinction Zuill Bailey joins ASO musicians at the Clinton Presidential Center BUY TICKETS ONLINE
MAY 9-10 The action-packed adventure of Jurassic Park pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival, with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.