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Upcoming Concerts

NOV 6-7 Conductor Roderick Cox leads ASO in a concert featuring piano sensation Conrad Tao and music from Beethoven, Ravel, and Brahms. GET TICKETS

NOV 9 ASO musicians perform music from Martinů, Haydn, Dohnányi, and Shostakovich in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS

DEC 17-19 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. GET TICKETS

JAN 29-30 Conductor Andrew Crust leads ASO in a concert featuring violinist Shannon Lee and music from Borodin, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky. GET TICKETS

FEB 1 ASO musicians perform music from Shaw, Ligeti, and Brahms in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS

FEB 26-27 Violin superstar Gil Shaham joins Geoffrey Robson and ASO for a program featuring Barber's Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky, and Little Rock's own Florence Price. GET TICKETS

MAR 1 ASO musicians perform music from Dempster, Jalbert, Renié, and Schubert in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS

MAR 12-13 Celebrate the Queen of Soul with your ASO! This rocking program explores the career of one of the greatest entertainers in American history: Aretha Franklin! GET TICKETS

MAR 26-27 Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of world-renowned pianist Joseph Joubert and veteran Broadway singers featuring the timeless music of the Gershwin Brothers! GET TICKETS

APR 9-10 Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and pianist Martina Filjak join ASO for a program featuring Mozart, Strauss, and a world premiere from Tania Leon. GET TICKETS

APR 12 ASO musicians perform music from Montgomery, Wiancko, and León in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS

MAY 7-8 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. GET TICKETS

MAY 14-15 Conductor Matthew Kraemer and violinist Tessa Lark join ASO for a program featuring Dvorak's New World Symphony and music from Torke and Jeremy Crosmer. GET TICKETS

MAY 17 ASO musicians and 2021-2022 Artist of Distinction Tessa Lark perform music from Chevalier St. George, Mozart, and Mendelssohn in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS

Insights from the Maestro: Go Brahms

 

By: Philip Mann
September 25, 2017

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As a programmer, I am struck by how profoundly sounds can influence our emotions and state-of-mind. With that in mind, I am thrilled to introduce to this season's Composer of the Year, Adam Schoenberg, and the opener to our first concert, Go. Fast and furious, it is a musical depiction of a race, complete with revving engines, a breakneck pace, and wild corners.

After Go sprints to the finish, Jean Sibelius presents an immediate mood of mystery as his Concerto introduces a long, yearning theme of ever-growing intensity. Artist of Distinction, violinist Jennifer Frautschi, carries the themes to a rondo ending that has been termed "a polonaise for polar bears."

Sibelius and Brahms may appear a sea apart, but they were in many ways cut from the same traditionalist cloth. They used conventional structures yet still created and innovated with boundless inspiration. In the composer's own words, "You have no idea how the likes of us feel when we hear…a giant like [Beethoven] behind us." With the shadow of Beethoven looming, Brahms worked on Symphony No. 1 for more than 20 years, finally confirming to himself that he could follow in Beethoven's footsteps. Indeed, Brahms' First is commonly referred to as Beethoven's Tenth! With these multifaceted works and such a superlative soloist, we find ourselves with an inspiring and powerful opening for our season.

Musically Yours,

Philip Mann

P.S.: Tickets are still available - click HERE! Remember, all ticket holders are invited to join me pre-concert for Concert Conversations! This weekend we will be in the Upper Tier lobby beginning one hour before each performance. I hope to see you there!

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