OCT 1-2 Master violinist Blake Pouliot joins ASO on a program featuring Mozart, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Bruch, and Hindemith. BUY TICKETS
OCT 11 ASO musicians perform music from Beach, Mendelssohn, and Coleridge-Taylor in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. BUY TICKETS
OCT 22-23 Don't miss the hair-raising Halloween excitement of your ASO haunting you with spooky pop tunes and festive fun melodies for all ages! Presented in partnership with the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. BUY TICKETS
NOV 1 ASO musicians perform music from Klughardt, Korngold and Sibelius in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. BUY TICKETS
NOV 12-13 ASO performs one of the most beloved violin concertos in the repertoire with guest soloist Geneva Lewis, along with music from Sibelius and James Lee, III. BUY TICKETS
DEC 16-18 Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your ASO! BUY TICKETS
JAN 17 ASO musicians perform music from Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Carter and Ran in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. BUY TICKETS
JAN 28-29 ASO's own master harpist, Alisa Coffey, performs Pierné's Concert Piece for Harp and Orchestra on a program also featuring Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet and Beethoven's Lenore Overture. BUY TICKETS
FEB 11-12 Broadway and Hollywood combine for a romantic and entertaining evening of song and dance! BUY TICKETS
FEB 14 ASO musicians perform music from Bach, Beethoven, Kodály, Trapkus and Berg n the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. BUY TICKETS
FEB 25-26 Sensational pianist George Li performs a tour-de-force piano work from Rachmaninoff, and the ASO performs Margaret Bonds and Arkansas' own William Grant Still. BUY TICKETS
MAR 11-12 Experience the action-packed dinosaur adventure as never seen before: projected in HD with full symphonic orchestra playing the iconic score live to picture! BUY TICKETS
APR 1-2 One of the great modern masters of the cello performs one of the most popular concertos ever written for the instrument on a program also featuring music from R. Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn. BUY TICKETS
APR 4 ASO musicians perform music from Reich, Ewazen and Schubert n the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. BUY TICKETS
APR 25 ASO musicians perform music from Moncayo, Damase and Franck in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. BUY TICKETS
May 6-7 Samantha Ege - one of the world's leading scholars on the music of Little Rock's own Florence Price - performs on a program anchored by Berlioz' titanic Symphonie Fantastique. BUY TICKETS
MAY 13-14 The Tony, Grammy, and Billboard Music Award-winning singer, actress, and Broadway star returns to Little Rock for a weekend of exciting music with your Arkansas Symphony! BUY TICKETS
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.