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 16-17 The 2020-2021 Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Season opens with 2020-2021 Artist of Distinction: violinist Tessa Lark and a program TBA after Labor Day
JAN 30-31 Guest conductor Roderick Cox takes the baton with your ASO for a program TBA after Labor Day.
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 We will announce this exciting new program as soon as possible!
MAR 20-21 Guest conductor, Akiko Fujimoto, leads ASO and guest pianist, Martina Filjak, in a program TBA after Labor Day.
APR 10-11 Cellist Gabriel Martins joins guest conductor Stephen Mulligan for a program TBA after Labor Day.
MAY 1-2 Violinist Shannon Lee joins ASO under the baton of Andrew Crust for a program TBA after Labor Day!
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.