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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

OCT 20-21 Music from the epic Star Wars saga, composed by the legendary John Williams. Tickets go on sale September 4!

NOV 10 - 11 Guest Conductor Sarah Ionannides and the ASO present Tower's Made in 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." Concert Sponsored by Metal Recycling Corporation.

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 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.

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.

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. Concert sponsored by UA Little Rock and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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!

Mid-Week Musician in the Spotlight: Carl Mason

by: Rebecca Kirkpatrick
September 13, 2017

It’s time for our mid-week Musician in the Spotlight! Each week we will highlight a musician with a few fun facts our patrons wouldn't have otherwise known.

This week our Musician in the Spotlight is Carl Mason. Carl currently serves as 3rd Trumpet for the ASO. Here are a few things to know about Carl:


CarlMason.jpgWhere is your hometown?

I was born in California; my father had been stationed there during WWII,  We moved back to his hometown, Clarksville,  AR as I was going into the 6th grade.

 

What instrument(s) can you play?

I began accordion lessons in California in the 2nd grade; the beginning of the 4th grade I broke my left arm and had a cast for about 6 weeks, so no accordion practice for that time. It was then in my elementary school that band classes began and I chose to begin trumpet playing.  I had one short stint at playing the tuba in the 5th grade, but I kept coming home in the afternoons with splitting headaches.  I guess my face was much too small for such a big mouthpiece at the time, so back to the trumpet to stay. My music education degree and band directing taught me to be able to play most any instrument; some better than others of course.

 

Who is your favorite composer and why?

My favorite composer;  I am especially fond of Antonin Dvorak's music, I guess because his New World Symphony was one of the first pieces I really listened to and studied intently.

 

What sparked your initial interest in music?

My father had purchased classical music records and I always remember listening and being enthralled with the wonderful sounds.  Also, there was so much use of classical music on early television programming and movies; cartoons,  Disney's Fantasia. etc. I also remember being enthralled by Leroy Anderson's Bugler's Holiday and of course Raphael Mendez was very famous and well known in California as I was growing up.

 

What other hidden talents do you have?

I love flowers and gardening and this takes up a lot of my spare time.


Thank you for reading this week's "Musician in the Spotlight." You can watch Carl in action at our Season Opener, Go Brahms, September 30th and October 1st. Check back next week for another fun musician profile!

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