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MAR 27 Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1Ewazen: Down a River of Time BUY TICKETS

APR 14-15 Adam Schoenberg's Finding Rothko, Ravel's Ma Mère l’Oye: 5 pièces enfantines, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," with impressionist painter, Barry Thomas. BUY TICKETS

APR 13 - MAY 13 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild's 2018 fundraiser presents a design showcase at 8 Valley Creek View.

APR 17 Schoenberg, Adam: Slo-Moattr. Beethoven: Trio for Three FlutesSerocki: Suite for Four TrombonesBeethoven: String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59 No. 2 BUY TICKETS

MAY 3 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents music from Handel, Koetsier, and Haydn in the acoustically unique setting of St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS

MAY 12-13 Hold onto your hats, and watch the classic action adventure film while the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs the score live! BUY TICKETS

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

NOV 10 - 11 Guest Conductor Sarah Ionannides and the ASO present Tower's Coming to 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."

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

Insights from the Maestro: Go Brahms


By: Philip Mann
September 25, 2017


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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