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NOV 9-10 Explore the rich musical heritage of Arkansas with a pairing of composers with local roots – William Grant Still and Florence Price – with Beethoven's groundbreaking Symphony No. 3, “Eroica." BUY TICKETS ONLINE

NOV 12 Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 BUY TICKETS ONLINE

NOV 20 The Ruth Allen Concert Series at UAMS presents a free concert featuring ASO musicians performing music from Michael Fine and Mozart.

NOV 22 Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, the elite ensemble in ASO's ASOYE program, performs selections from Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, and Chabrier's Larghetto. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

DEC 19 ASO's traditional holiday show is back for a one-night-only performance including music from Tchaikosky's Nutcracker Suite, Holst's In the Bleak Midwinter, music from Polar Express, and your holiday favorites like O Holy Night, Sleigh Ride, and It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! BUY TICKETS ONLINE

DEC 21-22 A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

JAN 19 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles (two strings groups, two full orchestras) perform at Wilbur D. Mills High School in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

JAN 25-26 Ginastera, Bartók, and Copland examine the music of “home” with a program of dances honoring the folk music of their countries. Carolyn Kuan, conductor. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

JAN 28 A program of works showing the power of music to capture a scene and tell a story. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

FEB 8-9 Join Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte, Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins on Broadway), and Hugh Panaro (Phantom/Sweeney Todd) for an evening that features the music of two giants from the Broadway world - Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  BUY TICKETS ONLINE

FEB 29 - MAR 1 ASO Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson leads your ASO in a program which explores the relationship between imagery and sound, with guest pianist Andrius Žlabys. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

MAR 3 Brahms's Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Schumann's Piano Quintet. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

MAR 14-15 Get your dancing shoes on, head to the concert hall, and get ready to show your R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to the Queen of Soul! BUY TICKETS ONLINE

APR 10 Cellist Jeremy Crosmer conducts a residency week with ASYO, followed by an appearance as guest soloist with the elite youth ensemble. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

APR 18-19 Conductor Eric Jacobsen leads the ASO with music from Boulanger, guest soloist Simone Porter (violin), and Berlioz's powerful symphonic portrayal of an artist's unrequited love. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

APR 21 Spohr's Grand Nonet, Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1 BUY TICKETS ONLINE

APR 26 Preparatory, Prelude, and Academy Orchestras perform, followed by the ASYO sitting Side by Side with the professional musicians of the ASO. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

MAY 2-3 Your ASO closes the 2019-2020 season with one of the greatest cello concertos played by one of the greatest cello soloists of our time: Zuill Bailey. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

MAY 5 2019-2020 Richard Sheppard Arnold Artist of Distinction Zuill Bailey joins ASO musicians at the Clinton Presidential Center BUY TICKETS ONLINE

MAY 9-10 The action-packed adventure of Jurassic Park pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival, with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Guest Blog: Dr. Linda Holzer on Little Rock Composers

Guest Blog By: Dr. Linda Holzer, Pianist and Professor of Music, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
October 4, 2019

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Hometown Pride!

Vienna has Haydn and Mozart; New York has George Gershwin and Aaron Copland; Little Rock has Florence Price and William Grant Still!

AETN will re-broadcast two documentaries on the composers in October, to help prepare the way for historic November concerts by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra:

William Grant Still: Trailblazer from the South will air on AETN at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 17th

The Caged Bird: the Life and Music of Florence B. Price will air on AETN at 7pm the following week on Thursday, October 24th

The seeds of musical greatness were planted at a young age, here in Little Rock, and flourished, leading to history-making accomplishments by both composers despite the hardships of racial discrimination, the Great Depression, and two world wars. William Grant Still, who became known as the Dean of Afro-American composers, had his music championed by Howard Hanson, who led the Rochester Philharmonic in the premiere of Still’s Symphony No. 1 in 1931. Florence Price, following graduation from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, distinguished herself as a music teacher, organist, pianist, and composer. Her Symphony No. 1 received it’s premiere by the Chicago Symphony under the baton of Fredrick Stock in 1933. Both pioneering leaders in American music grew up in what is now Little Rock’s historic Dunbar neighborhood. Only 8 years apart in age, they knew and respected one another. Their families encouraged them to strive for excellence and achieve at the highest levels. Each graduated high school as valedictorian.

It’s a tribute to the enduring creative vision of the composers that so many years after their deaths, their music is still being honored with performances internationally.

Come listen for yourselves! Historic concerts are coming up in Little Rock on November 9 & 10, 2019 at Robinson Center, and May 5, 2020 at the Clinton Center.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's November 9 & 10 program, Beethoven & Blue Jeans, includes two Little Rock premieres:

  • Festive Overture by William Grant Still
  • Piano Concerto in One Movement by Florence Price
  • As well as Beethoven’s 3rd symphony

The May 5 program features the Little Rock premiere of Florence Price’s re-discovered Piano Quintet in A minor.

Celebrate Arkansas’ cultural heritage!

Buy tickets to Beethoven & Blue Jeans, November 9 & 10, 2019 at the Robinson Center

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