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Upcoming Concerts

SEP 29 - 30 Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, featuring David Fung, and Stravinsky's Petrushka.

OCT 2 Mozart's Oboe Quartet in F major, Schmann's String Quartet in A minor

OCT 20-21 Music from the epic Star Wars saga, composed by the legendary John Williams. Tickets go on sale September 4!

NOV 10 - 11 Guest Conductor Sarah Ionannides and the ASO present Tower's Coming to America, Smetana's Vltava, and Elgar's Enigma Variations.

NOV 13 Brahms's Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major and Piano Quartet in G minor, featuring ASO Concertmaster Kiril Laskarov.

DEC 14-16 Your Arkansas Symphony invites you to bring family and friends to the Robinson Center for a fun-packed holiday music extravaganza! Kids aged one to one hundred should put on a holiday sweater, grab your favorite holiday candy, and settle in to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

JAN 26 - 27 Verdi's Overture to La forza del destino, Chopin's Piano Concerto No., with Artist of Distinction Andrew von Oeyen, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3, "Scottish."

JAN 29 Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 4, Chopin's Selections for Solo Piano, and Enesco's Piano Quintet in A minor.

FEB 23 - 24 Beethoven's Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy.

FEB 26 Janáček's String Quartet No. 1, Puccini's String Quartet in D Major, Verdi's String Quartet.

FEB 9-10 Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III, grandson of the beloved librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, hosts a celebration of some of America's most cherished music from the stage.

APR 13 - 14 Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila, Ravel's Tzigane, Beethoven's Romance No. 2, Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, and Enesco's Romanian Rhapsody.

APR 16 Debussy's Violin Sonata, Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds.

MAR 9-10 Beatlemania is back with Classical Mystery Tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!

MAY 4 - 5 Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Fine's Concerto for Oboe Section, Brahms' Hungarian Dances, and Liszt's Les Préludes.

MAY 7 Ravel's Sonatine en Trio, Francaix's String Trio, Pärt's Fratres, Dillon's Multiplicity, Gardel's Por una Cabeza.

MAY 11-12 Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams' Academy Award-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen!

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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