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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

NOV 7 The Opus Ball is the most elegant fundraising gala in central Arkansas. Please join us for Rhapsody in Blue, an evening supporting music education programs - with a special performance from American Iol-winner Kris Allen! GET OPUS TICKETS

NOV 10 Live streamed from the beautiful visual and acoustic space of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, ASO musicians celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest composers in history. LIVE STREAM VIDEO

NOV 15 Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Arkansas co-present an open air concert in downtown Little Rock, featuring world premiere choreography and music from Golijov, Barber, and Augusta Read Thomas.

JAN 16-17 Please check back soon for details on the new, reimagined 20-21 Masterworks program!

JAN 30-31 Please check back soon for details on the new, reimagined 20-21 Masterworks program!

FEB 20-21 Please check back soon for details on the new, reimagined 20-21 Masterworks program!

MAR 20-21 Please check back soon for details on the new, reimagined 20-21 Masterworks program!

APR 10-11 Please check back soon for details on the new, reimagined 20-21 Masterworks program!

MAY 1-2 Please check back soon for details on the new, reimagined 20-21 Masterworks program!

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.

From Executive Assistant to Director of Education and Outreach

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. 

Preparing for Concerts

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.

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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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