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SEP 28-29 The 2019-2020 season opens in collaboration with ACANSA Arts Festival, featuring American trio Time for Three with conductor JoAnn Falletta and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

OCT 1 The 2019-2020 River Rhapsodies series opens with a concert featuring Milhaud's String Quartet No. 1 and Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15.

OCTOBER 5 Little Rock and your Arkansas Symphony have the honor of hosting one Broadway's brightest stars for an exclusive evening of music: Heather Headley on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at the Robinson Center! BUY TICKETS

NOV 9-10 Explore the rich musical heritage of Arkansas with a pairing of composers with local roots – William Grant Still and Florence Price – with Beethoven's groundbreaking Symphony No. 3, “Eroica."

NOV 12 Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

DEC 20-22 A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture.

JAN 25-26 Ginastera, Bartók, and Copland examine the music of “home” with a program of dances honoring the folk music of their countries. Carolyn Kuan, conductor.

JAN 28 A program of works showing the power of music to capture a scene and tell a story.

FEB 8-9 Join Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte, Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins on Broadway), and Hugh Panaro (Phantom/Sweeney Todd) for an evening that features the music of two giants from the Broadway world - Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

FEB 29 - MAR 1 ASO Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson leads your ASO in a program which explores the relationship between imagery and sound, with guest pianist Andrius Žlabys.

MAR 3 Brahms's Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Schumann's Piano Quintet.

MAR 14-15 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!

APR 18-19 Conductor Eric Jacobsen leads the ASO with music from Boulanger, guest soloist Simone Porter (violin), and Berlioz's powerful symphonic portrayal of an artist's unrequited love.

APR 21 Spohr's Grand Nonet, Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1

MAY 2-3 Your ASO closes the 2019-2020 season with one of the greatest cello concertos played by one of the greatest cello soloists of our time: Zuill Bailey.

MAY 5 2019-2020 Richard Sheppard Arnold Artist of Distinction Zuill Bailey joins ASO musicians at the Clinton Presidential Center

MAY 9-10 The action-packed adventure of Jurassic Park pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival, with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.

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.  My husband (ASO pianist Carl Anthony) just gave me Leonard Cohen's last CD and it is terrific.       

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 . 


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