DEC 17-19 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. GET TICKETS
JAN 29-30 Conductor Andrew Crust leads ASO in a concert featuring violinist Shannon Lee and music from Borodin, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky. GET TICKETS
FEB 1 ASO musicians perform music from Shaw, Ligeti, and Brahms in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS
FEB 26-27 Violin superstar Gil Shaham joins Geoffrey Robson and ASO for a program featuring Barber's Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky, and Little Rock's own Florence Price. GET TICKETS
MAR 1 ASO musicians perform music from Dempster, Jalbert, Renié, and Schubert in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS
MAR 12-13 Celebrate the Queen of Soul with your ASO! This rocking program explores the career of one of the greatest entertainers in American history: Aretha Franklin! GET TICKETS
MAR 26-27 Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of world-renowned pianist Joseph Joubert and veteran Broadway singers featuring the timeless music of the Gershwin Brothers! GET TICKETS
APR 9-10 Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and pianist Martina Filjak join ASO for a program featuring Mozart, Strauss, and a world premiere from Tania Leon. GET TICKETS
APR 12 ASO musicians perform music from Montgomery, Wiancko, and León in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS
MAY 7-8 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. GET TICKETS
MAY 14-15 Conductor Matthew Kraemer and violinist Tessa Lark join ASO for a program featuring Dvorak's New World Symphony and music from Torke and Jeremy Crosmer. GET TICKETS
MAY 17 ASO musicians and 2021-2022 Artist of Distinction Tessa Lark perform music from Chevalier St. George, Mozart, and Mendelssohn in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS
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.
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.