SEP 26-27 The 2020-2021 Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Season opens with Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," and 2020-2021 Artist of Distinction: violinist Tessa Lark.
OCT 24-25 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!
NOV 14-15 Piano sensation Conrad Tao joins the Arkansas Symphony under the baton of Roderick Cox. The annual casual concert and street party features music from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms.
DEC 18-20 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 30-31 Guest conductor, Akiko Fujimoto, leads ASO and guest pianist, Martina Filjak, in a program featuring Hindemith, Mozart and Strauss.
FEB 6-7 Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of world-renowned pianist Joseph Joubert and veteran Broadway singers featuring the timeless music of the Gershwin Brothers!
FEB 20-21 Superstar violinist, Gil Shaham, performs his signature concerto: Barber's Violin Concerto, with music from Florence Price and Tchaikovsky.
MAR 13-14 Your Arkansas Symphony Orchestra transforms the Robinson Center into a fantastic world of magic, heroes, dragons, and villains.
APR 10-11 Stravinsky's famous Firebird Suite under the baton of Stephen Mulligan, with works from Adams, Schumann, and Ravel, and guest cellist, Gabriel Martins.
MAY 1-2 Violinist Shannon Lee joins ASO under the baton of Andrew Crust for a program featuring Borodin, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky's popular Concerto in D Major for Violin.
MAY 8-9 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.
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.
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.
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.