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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

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.

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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.

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.

Working Toward the New Season

The 2014-2015 season is over, and now I don’t have to do any more work until September, right?

Emily Farris - Special Events Coordinator

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.

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