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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

JAN 30-31 Music from, Claude Debussy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and more!

FEB 20-21 Music from Strauss and Dvorak!

FEB 23 ASO Quapaw and Rockefeller Quartets perform music from Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

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!

My Story about ASO's Involvement in Arkansas Gives Last Year

By Becky Flynn – Associate Director of Development

Arkansas Gives: A 12-hour online giving event sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation. Nonprofit organizations across Arkansas encourage their donors to give during this day. Bonus funds are involved. Prize money is involved. This is one big day of donations for Arkansas nonprofits.

This is my story about ASO’s involvement in Arkansas Gives last year and everything we gained from it.

ASO’s Capital Hotel Concerts

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.

Scheduling, Budgeting, Negotiating, Planning, Practicing, Performing

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!

Learning the Ropes

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.

Finding Your Note

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.”

From the Shelves to the Stage

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.

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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.

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