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SEP 26-27 The 2020-2021 Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Season opens with Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," and 2020-2021 Artist of Distinction: violinist Tessa Lark.

OCT 24-25 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!

NOV 14-15 Piano sensation Conrad Tao joins the Arkansas Symphony under the baton of Roderick Cox. The annual casual concert and street party features music from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms.

DEC 18-20 Kris Allen is home for the holidays! Arkansas' own Kris Allen joins the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for a program of holiday favorites and selections from the American Idol-winner's own music.

JAN 30-31 Guest conductor, Akiko Fujimoto, leads ASO and guest pianist, Martina Filjak, in a program featuring Hindemith, Mozart and Strauss.

FEB 6-7 Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of world-renowned pianist Joseph Joubert and veteran Broadway singers featuring the timeless music of the Gershwin Brothers!

FEB 20-21 Superstar violinist, Gil Shaham, performs his signature concerto: Barber's Violin Concerto, with music from Florence Price and Tchaikovsky.

MAR 13-14 Your Arkansas Symphony Orchestra transforms the Robinson Center into a fantastic world of magic, heroes, dragons, and villains.

APR 10-11 Stravinsky's famous Firebird Suite under the baton of Stephen Mulligan, with works from Adams, Schumann, and Ravel, and guest cellist, Gabriel Martins.

MAY 1-2 Violinist Shannon Lee joins ASO under the baton of Andrew Crust for a program featuring Borodin, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky's popular Concerto in D Major for Violin.

MAY 8-9 Cirque de la Symphonie brings the magic of cirque to the music hall with an exciting adaptation of exceptional cirque programs choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music.

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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