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Upcoming Concerts

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.

Musician in the Spotlight: Carolyn Brown

By: Rebecca Kirkpatrick
February 22,2018

 CarolynBrown.jpgEach concert week we will highlight a musician with a few fun facts our patrons may not have otherwise known. This week our Musician in the Spotlight is Carolyn Brown. You may have already known that Carolyn is the Principal Flutist for the ASO, but here are some facts that you may have missed:

What is your hometown?
Shell Rock, Iowa

What is your favorite food?
Dark chocolate!

What instrument(s) can you play?
I first learned to play piano and then fell in love with the flute in 4th grade but continued to study both through college.  

Who is your favorite composer and why?
It is impossible to pick a favorite.  Bach, Mozart, Ravel, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, to name a few.   I do love the symphonies of Sibelius.

What sparked your initial interest in music?
 Both of my parents were musicians -- my mom was a pianist and my dad played trombone.  His dream was to play in a big band but he didn't think he could manage a family with such a career so he became a school band director.  But I loved hearing him play along with big band records when I was growing up.  He had the sweetest sound -- just like Tommy Dorsey!  

In what store could you max out your credit card?
Natural Grocers

What are three things still left on your bucket list?
I don't have a bucket list but I would love to visit Africa to see the wildlife

Do you have any pets?
Yes, we have four feline members in our family.  Our cat Rosey is the first cat we've had that loves to listen to me practice, except for piccolo.  She will leave the room when I bring it out of its case and another cat, Ronnie, will cry and scratch outside the door until I stop.      

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Eating dark chocolate!  (But I don't really feel guilty!)

How long have you played with the ASO?
I can't believe it but I have played with the ASO since 1983.  At that time I auditioned for the third flute/piccolo position, and then when the second flute position became available, I auditioned for it and finally auditioned for the principal position.  I must hold the distinction of being the only person in the orchestra to have auditioned for 3 different positions!

What is your favorite movie?
My favorite line from a movie is "Is this heaven?  No, it's Iowa."  from Field of Dreams 

What is the last book you read?
Billy Collins' "The Rain in Portugal" 

What is your best childhood memory?
 Being a caddy for my dad while he golfed.  Sitting under a tree in the park and singing songs with my mother.  

Who inspires you?
Sitting in the middle of the orchestra with my amazing ASO colleagues and sharing incredible music with our audience.   There is nothing else like it.    

Who is your favorite composer and why?
My mother took me to my first orchestra concert when I was pretty young. I remember thinking it was going on too long and was so excited to stand up and clap with the audience until my mother leaned over and said, "You know, since we're clapping so hard, they are going to play another piece."

We have a concert this weekend - "Beethoven and Blue Jeans" - what excites you particularly about this concert? What inspires you about the repertoire? Is there anything in particular we should be listening for?
I am excited about the upcoming week! Mother Goose Suite by Ravel is one of my favorite pieces -- no composer can bring out the colors of the orchestra like Ravel. And of course, Beethoven' "Pastoral Symphony." I broke my femur in December and one of the things I miss the most are my daily hikes in the woods near our house. Beethoven loved his time in the woods as well and captured nature's essence so beautifully. He musically portrays many sounds of nature; in fact, in the second movement you will hear three bird calls: the flute is the nightingale, the oboe is the quail, and the clarinet the cuckoo. Then, the following Tuesday my dear friends Diane McVinney, Gabriel Vega, and I will perform a Beethoven flute trio at the Clinton Library at River Rhapsodies', "Beethoven Festival"! 

Didn't you love getting to know about Carolyn? To hear those bird calls played to perfection, join us for Beethoven and Blue Jeans, this weekend, April 14th and 15th. Tickets can be purchased at www.arkansassymphony.org . 


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