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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

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 11-12 Broadway and Hollywood combine for a romantic and entertaining evening of song and dance! 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 21 Join us to celebrate the introduction of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild’s Symphony of Homes Tour! BUY TICKETS

Apr 22-30 This spring, the doors of some of the most beautiful residences in Little Rock will open to you and your friends. 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

ASO Youth Orchestra Member with Big Plans for the Future

evan bucknerBy: Evan Buckner
March 22, 2016

My name is Evan Buckner and I'm currently a 16 year old junior at Pine Bluff High School playing the viola there in the school's string orchestra and a violist in the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra.

I can fondly remember seven years ago when I started playing the viola. My teacher then (Christie Bonds) told me, "Evan, your hands are too big for the violin and I'm going to have to move you to the viola". Here I am 7 years later still going at it.

Music hasn't always been my forte. Never would I even touch my viola when I first started playing it. It wasn't until my 6th grade year that a light in me was turned on and I just started growing musically. Soon after I was introduced into the All-Region orchestras, and after participating for two years with the all region I tried out and made it to the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. The youth orchestra has been a shining light to me and I've played in numerous places with them since then, including many small chamber performances.

All the pieces I've played and people I've met have been extremely wonderful and a true blessing. Other than playing viola I garden most of the time. Gardening is a real passion for me and I'm proud to say that I am a member of a garden club with my school and an affiliate with the Arkansas Federation of garden clubs. Playing the viola and gardening have pushed me into wanting to go to the University of Michigan or Michigan State University for a major in plant sciences and a minor in music. Of course whatever happens to me after high school will be God's will and I hope greatly to still pursue my dreams. I hope greatly to become a botanist and hopefully play in a symphony along the side, but I will never let go of what music has done to me in my life.

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