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Violinist Alexi Kenney in Residence with ASOYE ASO Youth Ensembles perform Tchaikovsky and Sibelius with guest soloist Alexi Kenney. Buy Tickets

Appalachian Spring ASO, I.N.C.: Intimate Neighborhood Concerts Buy Tickets Online

ASYO Side-by-Side Concert ASO Youth Ensembles perform a concert which finishes with the ASYO and the ASO playing together. Buy Tickets

Back to the Future Power up your DeLorean...recharge your flux capacitor... and get ready to celebrate this unforgettable movie classic as you've never seen and heard it before!   Buy Tickets Online

Opening Night: Go Brahms Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor and Sibelius Concerto for Violin in D minor, featuring Artist of Distinction Jennifer Frautschi, violin.

Artist of Distinction: Jennifer Frautschi Schoenberg: Winter MusicTchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

French Connection Milhaud's Le Boeuf sur le toit, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, featuring Ji, piano, Weill's "Berliner Sinfonie," and Debussey's Petite suite.

Romeo and Juliet Kabelevsky's Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.

Spanish Dance Sarasate: Navarra "Spanish Dance" for Two ViolinsSaint-Saens Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 75Jefferson Friedman: String Quartet No. 2

Home for the Holidays Put on a holiday sweater, grab a candy cane, and head to the Robinson Center for this fun-packed holiday musical extravaganza!

Tchaikovsky's Passion Bizet's Selections from Carmen, de Falla's Noches en los jardines de España, featuring pianist Tatiana Roitmann Mann, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique."

Dvorak the Romantic Arensky: Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two CellosDvorak: String Quartet No. 13 in G Major

Music City Hit-Makers Music City Hit-Makers is “classin’ up country” with a one-of-a-kind musical event featuring Nashville’s hottest songwriters and your Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

The Planets Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, and Holst's The Planets.

Parlor Music: Rachmaninoff Rachmaninoff: String quartet No. 1Cras - QuintetteMozart: Divertimento No. 11, K. 251

A Tribute to Ella We honor "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, in what would have been her 100th year.

Sound Textures Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1Ewazen: Down a River of Time

Beethoven & Blue Jeans Adam Schoenberg's Finding Rothko, Ravel's Ma Mère l’Oye: 5 pièces enfantines, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," with impressionist painter, Barry Thomas.

Beethoven Festival Schoenberg, Adam: Slo-MoSerocki: Suite for Four TrombonesBeethoven: String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59 No. 2

Raiders of the Lost Ark Hold onto your hats, and watch the classic action adventure film while the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs the score live!

Arkansas Gives Day, Beethoven & Blue Jeans, plus Beer & Brats: Big week for ASO

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By: Heather Honaker
April 4, 2017

Arkansas Gives Day, Beethoven & Blue Jeans, plus Beer & Brats: Big week for ASO
I have been looking forward to this week all season. As if the Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert with Brats & Beer Street Party weren’t fun enough, this year’s concert week is combined with Arkansas Gives Day on Thursday! The marketing staff is busy securing t-shirts, beers, brats, and the Episcopal Collegiate Steel Drum Band, the musicians are practicing and rehearsing their parts, and the development team is working to secure donors to support us during the 12-hour online giving drive.
Thursday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. is Arkansas Gives Day. It is an all-day online giving drive that is open to all non-profits in Arkansas who are members of the Arkansas Community Foundation. On this day, (one day only) each donation that you give to the ASO qualifies for additional bonus dollars from ACF. The more money we raise, the more of the bonus dollars we will receive.

ASO has participated in Arkansas Gives Day for the past two years and each year we have won extra bonus money for most dollars raised--first place last year! These donations and this bonus money adds up to a significant amount for our organization that enables us to continue to connect, enrich, inspire, and advance our state through the power of music. Please consider making a gift to ASO on Arkansas Gives Day on their website at

On Saturday and Sunday, the ASO and violinist Drew Irvin will perform our very popular Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert at Robinson Center. Concert-goers are invited to join us in their most comfortable pair of blue jeans and t-shirt to hear Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture, Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2, and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Before the concert, anyone with a ticket is invited to enjoy brats, beer, music, and special surprises at the Beer & Brats Street Party on Markham Street in front of Robinson Center. There are also commemorative BBJ t-shirts for sale at the party. This year’s shirt features an updated design.
One of my favorite things to do after this concert is over is to look at the pictures. Most years you can find me under the beer tent trying to keep the beer flowing fast, so I don’t usually get a chance to look around and take in the sights and sounds of the party. I love getting to see all of the posts from our photographer and from patrons on social media after the event. This concert is one where so many people from any walk of life of any variety can find a common connection. Watching young and old enjoying the sunshine, dancing, eating brats, drinking beer (not too young, at least over 21) and smiling serves as a nice reminder for me of why I do what I do and why the arts are important to connecting communities and adding value to our lives.

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