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DEC 15-17 Put on a holiday sweater, grab a candy cane, and head to the Robinson Center for this fun-packed holiday musical extravaganza! BUY TICKETS

JAN 18 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents music from Respighi, Barber, and Korngold in the acoustically unique setting of Calvary Baptist Church in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS

JAN 27-28 Bizet's Selections from Carmen, de Falla's Noches en los jardines de España, featuring pianist Tatiana Roitmann Mann, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique." BUY TICKETS

JAN 30 Arensky: Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two CellosDvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G Major BUY TICKETS

FEB 10-11 Three of Nashville's elite songwriters perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they've penned for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and many, many more! BUY TICKETS

FEB 24-25 Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, and Holst's The Planets. BUY TICKETS

FEB 27 Rachmaninoff: String quartet No. 1Cras - QuintetteMozart: Divertimento No. 11, K. 251 BUY TICKETS

MAR 8 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents music from Vieuxtemps, Bach, Vivaldi, and ASO Composer of the Year, Adam Schoenberg, in the acoustically unique setting of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS

MAR 10-11 Three versatile singers join the ASO to honor "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, in what would have been her 100th year. BUY TICKETS

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

Mid-Week Musician in the Spotlight: Casey Buck

 

By: Rebecca Kirkpatrick
September 27, 2017

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Mid-Week Musician in the Spotlight: Casey Buck

Each week we will highlight a musician with some different facts our patrons wouldn't have otherwise known. This week our Musician in the Spotlight is ASO cellist, Casey Buck. Let’s get to know Casey a little better:

What is your hometown?
I was born in Brooklyn, NY, grew up on Long Island, moved to Atlanta, GA in middle school, attended college and grad school in New Orleans, moved to Russellville, Arkansas, and now reside in Conway.

Who is your favorite composer and why?
Never ask a musician this question! Where do I begin?!? I think if I had to choose, it would be J.S. Bach for the near perfection he creates through harmony and counterpoint, or Johannes Brahms for his lush textures and melodies.

If you could have a super-power, what would it be?
To learn anything by putting it under my pillow at night (new music, literature, instructions, and guides for building or making various things).

Who inspires you?
My family. My dad is a role model of hard work and devotion to family. My wife and two daughters make me want to be my best every day in all that I do.

Any other fun facts you'd like to share about yourself?
I'm a Hurricane Katrina refugee. We relocated to Arkansas and originally stayed with my wife's parents, and then slowly but surely found opportunities in central Arkansas for us to use our God-given talents and abilities. My wife teaches in the music department at Arkansas Tech, and I teach public school orchestra in Conway, in addition to directing the ASYO Preparatory Orchestra and playing with the fantastic ASO cello section!

This weekend is our second Masterworks concert, "French Connection." What excites you about this concert?
It’s always fascinating playing Ravel and Debussy. They use the same basic musical language as the other “greats” of the classical repertoire, but their music extends the harmonies and makes use of different types of sounds that we don’t hear in the mainstream symphonic composers. It’s much less about creating and resolving tension or developing a melodic idea and much more about the interplay of light and color, just like in Impressionist painting. You can hear these subtle shades in the sound, and as a musician it’s interesting to delve into how they created a whole different style of music by merging Far Eastern sounds with jazz and the classical idiom. 

I’ve always been amazed how composers in the Western tradition all use the same 12 tones and create a practically infinite variety of music. That’s why Beethoven doesn’t sound like Shostakovich, and Ravel and Debussy can sound so unique and yet in many ways familiar, a lot like hearing different dialects of the same language. It’s fascinating to study how the nuances of inflection, idiom, cadence, and even rhythm in spoken language, and in this case music, can be so diverse and yet all have common threads that make them understandable and approachable for anyone. 
 

That concludes this week's "Musician in the Spotlight"-- to see Casey live, join us for "French Connection" this weekend! You can still purchase your tickets by visiting https://www.arkansassymphony.org/news-events/french-connection .

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