Your Support Needed Now More than Ever

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

Sep. 30 - Oct. 1 Fabulous violinist Jennifer Frautschi performs the Florence Price Violin Concerto No. 2 and the orchestra performs Respighi's massive Pines of Rome BUY TICKETS

Oct. 3 Music from Beethoven, Poulenc, Seiber, and Greenstein. BUY TICKETS

Oct. 21-22 Experience watching this epic movie while listening to John Williams' iconic score with a live orchestra! © 2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © DISNEY. BUY TICKETS

Nov. 11-12 Sensational pianist Conrad Tao returns to Little Rock to perform one of the greatest works in the piano repertory: Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto. BUY TICKETS

Nov. 14 Artist of Distinction Conrad Tao performs solo and with ASO musicians. BUY TICKETS

Dec. 15-17 Your ASO invites you to bring family and friends to the Robinson Center for a fun-packed holiday music extravaganza! BUY TICKETS

Jan. 16 Music from Laténas, Khachaturian, and Rochberg. BUY TICKETS

Jan. 27-28 Piazzolla's passionate tango-inspired melodies, CPE Bach's Concerto for Flute, Saint-Saëns' Earth-shaking Organ Symphony BUY TICKETS

Feb. 10-11 Enjoy iconic James Bond songs from almost six decades of box office blockbusters with your ASO and amazing guest singers. BUY TICKETS

Feb. 24-25 Christopher Theofanidis' The Wind and Petit Jean - commissioned and premiered by ASO musicians - opens a concert featuring Beethoven's Violin Concerto and more. BUY TICKETS

Feb. 27 Artist of Distinction Kerson Leong performs solo and with ASO musicians. BUY TICKETS

Mar. 9-10 ASO will join forces with Capathia Jenkins' powerhouse voice to perform the soulful hits of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton, Adele, and many more! BUY TICKETS

Apr. 6-7 Gustav Holst's magnificent tribute to the cosmos will be performed on the weekend preceding the totality of the 2024 eclipse's passing through Little Rock! BUY TICKETS

Apr. 16 Music from Larsen, Moszkowski, Liebermann, and Flackton. BUY TICKETS

May 4-5 Romantic masterpieces close the season with Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde Prelude, Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 4. BUY TICKETS

May 7 Music from Koetsier, Dvořák, Takemitsu, and Shaw. BUY TICKETS

May 11-12 For the first time ever, your ASO will host a singing competition, featuring Bonnie Montgomery, Rodney Block, and American Idol's Season Eight winner Kris Allen as our guest celebrity judges. Watch performers go head-to-head alongside the orchestra to win your votes for the grand prize!   BUY TICKETS

As the ASO’s orchestra librarian and education coordinator (as well as being a violinist in the orchestra), work doesn’t come to a standstill over the summer months. While there is a sense of respite, preparation for the upcoming season continues. This is when some important work gets done, particularly in the orchestra library.

Music for next season has already been pulled from our shelves, checked, and organized. Any music that we don’t have in our library is either purchased or rented and orders are placed early in the summer. When this music arrives to us, the sets are checked, sorted, numbered, and stamped. After that, our string principals begin the bowing process. Each principal marks the music with up bows or down bows, slurs or staccatos, and any other markings that will ensure rehearsals go smoothly. Then all these markings are transferred by me into every string part that is used on stage, for every piece performed, for every concert. Though certainly time consuming, this is a vital part of preparing for the season.

File Stacking

This year, an additional project will be to move the library to our new downtown office space. Shelving has been installed and is eagerly waiting to be filled with 550 classical works, 200 pops pieces, 100 chamber pieces, 150 youth orchestra works, and 100 vocal works. This will be a serious undertaking, although one I’m looking forward to!


Meanwhile, on the education side, work continues with our two full-time quartets to produce the brochures that will promote their four string quartet demos and instrument petting zoos, as well as the Children’s Concerts featuring the entire orchestra and the ASO Guild’s “Orchestra and You” program. These brochures are mailed to schools all over the state. Also, the quartet’s visits to after school programs in Little Rock, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Our House, In His Image, Positive Impact, and Life Skills for Youth to name a few, are scheduled. ASO rental instruments that have been used by students participating in our in-school string classes during the year have been returned and must be inventoried, cleaned, and repaired for a new batch of students to play in September.

Finally, an incredibly monumental task that takes all summer: selecting a concert outfit for the opening night we’ve all been working towards! Can’t wait to see you in September!


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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.

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