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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 Made in 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." Concert Sponsored by Metal Recycling Corporation.

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 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.

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.

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. Concert sponsored by UA Little Rock and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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!

Cool Beats at ASO's New Program

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By: Heather Honaker
July 24, 2017

“Next week, we will learn to play along with a new song,” Ms. Mariana Aun tells the 6 through 11 year-olds of the Arkansas Symphony’s new bucket band. Today’s lesson is coming to an end and the students are recapping what they learned.

“Will it have a cool beat like this the one we learned today?” asks Byron, bouncing with excitement, drum sticks in hand while holding the bright orange Home Depot bucket between his knees with his feet.

“Yes! It will be just as fun as the William Tell Overture we learned today,” Ms. Aun smiles and tells the class.

With only two lessons under their belts, the students enrolled in the Pulaski County Youth Services Life Skills for Youth summer program at Temple Baptist Church are already hooked on playing in the ensemble every Tuesday. In the multi-purpose room behind the gymnasium, 15 kids drummed to the beat of “fish,” “sweet potato,” and “apple.” Just as your teacher in elementary school clapped the syllables of words, Ms. Aun taps these words on her bucket while all of the children play along and learn to keep the same time.

“Will you be back tomorrow?” one child eagerly asks.

“I will be back next Tuesday,” Ms. Aun answers and the classroom gives its approval with loud cheers.

For the students, being a part of the bucket band means they can be as loud as they want while playing with their friends. There is an interest in percussion among this age group and this new program helps teach students the fundamentals of music and rhythm, discipline, musical expression, and even role playing, as the most engaged child in class each week earns the opportunity to conduct the ensemble. This band is an ensemble because the children each learn and play specific parts.

It means one more opportunity for the ASO to connect, enrich, inspire, and advance the state of Arkansas through music. ASO can meet the needs of Little Rock children in new and different ways beyond the typical strings instrument programs. There are multiple sized buckets, instruments, and difficulty levels to be incorporated into the curriculum in each class with the eventual goal of performing on Robinson Center stage with the ASO. Plans are for the program to one day be expanded to Junior High students after funding for more teachers is secured.

So far, there are about 90 students in two class sites each week that participate in the bucket band program. In addition to the Temple Baptist site, classes are also taught for the Little Scholars of the Audubon Society site, which is also part of the Pulaski County Youth Services program. ASO hopes to grow the number of students to 150 in the fall of 2017 by including more after school programs.

Here is a quick conversation with Byron about his thoughts on class:

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