JAN 20 Arkansas Symphony Youth Ensembles perform at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center. BUY TICKETS
JAN 26 - 27 Verdi's Overture to La forza del destino, Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Artist of Distinction Andrew von Oeyen, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3, "Scottish." Concert Sponsored by Metal Recycling Corporation. BUY TICKETS
JAN 29 Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 4, Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Shostakovich's Piano Qiuntet in G minor, Op. 57, featuring Andrew von Oeyen. BUY TICKETS
FEB 9-10 Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III, grandson of the beloved librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, hosts a celebration of some of America's most cherished music from the stage. BUY TICKETS
FEB 23 - 24 Beethoven's Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy. BUY TICKETS
FEB 26 Janáček's String Quartet No. 1, Puccini's String Quartet in D Major, Verdi's String Quartet. BUY TICKETS
March 2 The world premier of a new orchestral arrangment of a jazz composition entitled No Tears Suite, written by Little Rock jazz pianist Chris Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt and featuring a jazz ensemble including GRAMMY-winning drummer Brian Blade and GRAMMY-nominated bassist and arranger Rufus Reid. TICKETS GO ON SALE JANUARY 10!
MAR 9-10 Beatlemania is back with Classical Mystery Tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! BUY TICKETS
MARCH 28 ASO principal musicians are featured with chamber orchestra in the intimate and unique venue of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. BUY TICKETS
APR 13 - 14 Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila, Ravel's Tzigane, Beethoven's Romance No. 2, Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, and Enesco's Romanian Rhapsody. Concert sponsored by UA Little Rock and the National Endowment for the Arts. BUY TICKETS
APR 16 Debussy's Violin Sonata, Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds. BUY TICKETS
MAY 4 - 5 Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Fine's Concerto for Oboe Section, Brahms' Hungarian Dances, and Liszt's Les Préludes. BUY TICKETS
MAY 7 Ravel's Sonatine en Trio, Francaix's String Trio, Pärt's Fratres, Dillon's Multiplicity, Gardel's Por una Cabeza. BUY TICKETS
MAY 11-12 Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams' Academy Award-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen! BUY TICKETS
MAY 23 Beethoven's powerful Triple Concerto is presented in the beautiful and resonant acoustic space of Calvary Baptist Church. BUY TICKETS
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.