History of the ASO
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc. exists to connect, enrich, inspire and advance Arkansas through the power of music.
Incorporated in 1966, the ASO now performs over 60 concerts per season, which includes the Masterworks and Pops Concerts. In addition, the orchestra has a Chamber Series, River Rhapsodies, at the Clinton Presidential Center, ASO, I.N.C.: Intimate Neighborhood Concerts, plus a busy schedule of statewide touring, chamber music, and educational performances in numerous venues and collaborations with Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Intricate to the ASO's activities are its resident string quartets, the Rockefeller and Quapaw Quartet; The ASO Brass Quintet, ASO Big Band, The Arts Partners Quartets, and the Arkansas Symphony Youth Ensembles. Through ASO education programs over 40,000 children each year experience the magic of music. Now in its 50th, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is led by conductor, Philip Mann.
Distinguished guest artists including Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Mignon Dunn, Marilyn Horn, Andre Watts, Maureen McGovern, Bernadette Peters, Maya Angelou, and Doc Severinsen, among others, have appeared in concert with the orchestra in Arkansas.
Comprised of the state's most sought after professional musicians, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is heard by more than 165,000 Arkansans each year, and consistently plays to high critical praise.
Board of Directors
Richard P. Wheeler, M.D., Chair
Jan Hundley, Development Committee Chair
Martin Thoma, Immediate Past Chair
Nick Brown, Vice Chair and Governance Committee Chair
Ellen Gray, Secretary, Personnel Committee Chair
John Rowland, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Susan Marsh, Education Committee Chair
Marion Fulk, Audience Development Chair
Terri Erwin, Opus Advisory Committee Chair
David Gerstein, ASO Player's Association President
T. Martin Davis, Orchestra Affairs Committee Chair
Lee Ronnel, At Large
Patrick O'Sullivan, At Large
Joe W. Crow
Dora Jane Flesher
Dr. John Hayes
Dr. Robert Moore
Dr. Phillip J. Peters
Michael A. Shelley
Dr. Jan Shorey
Gail Davis, ASO Guild President
Jim Kelly, Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild President
Ann Squyres, Russellville Symphony Guild President
George K. Mitchell, M.D.
Gus M. Vratsinas
First Lady of Arkansas Susan Hutchinson
Mayor Joe Smith
Mayor Mark Stodola
Board of Advisors
Dr. John Hayes, Chair
Denise Compton , Advisory Board Chair-Elect
Dennis Kuo, Advisory Board Membership Chair
Jane T. Allred
Lee Lee Doyle
Dr. Ron Winters