MENU

Your Support Needed Now More than Ever

A donation to ASO puts instruments in the hands of children, makes live symphonic music accessible to all Arkansans, and makes it possible for world-class musicians to call Arkansas home. 

Every dollar counts, and each donation helps ensure a sustainable, thriving future for ASO.

ASO plans to honor the financial commitment made to the musicians as the musicians have always been there for the ASO and the community and now we want to be there for them.

Upcoming Concerts

NOV 6-7 Conductor Roderick Cox leads ASO in a concert featuring piano sensation Conrad Tao and music from Beethoven, Ravel, and Brahms. GET TICKETS

NOV 9 ASO musicians perform music from Martinů, Haydn, Dohnányi, and Shostakovich in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS

DEC 17-19 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. GET TICKETS

JAN 29-30 Conductor Andrew Crust leads ASO in a concert featuring violinist Shannon Lee and music from Borodin, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky. GET TICKETS

FEB 1 ASO musicians perform music from Shaw, Ligeti, and Brahms in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS

FEB 26-27 Violin superstar Gil Shaham joins Geoffrey Robson and ASO for a program featuring Barber's Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky, and Little Rock's own Florence Price. GET TICKETS

MAR 1 ASO musicians perform music from Dempster, Jalbert, Renié, and Schubert in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS

MAR 12-13 Celebrate the Queen of Soul with your ASO! This rocking program explores the career of one of the greatest entertainers in American history: Aretha Franklin! GET TICKETS

MAR 26-27 Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of world-renowned pianist Joseph Joubert and veteran Broadway singers featuring the timeless music of the Gershwin Brothers! GET TICKETS

APR 9-10 Conductor Akiko Fujimoto and pianist Martina Filjak join ASO for a program featuring Mozart, Strauss, and a world premiere from Tania Leon. GET TICKETS

APR 12 ASO musicians perform music from Montgomery, Wiancko, and León in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS

MAY 7-8 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. GET TICKETS

MAY 14-15 Conductor Matthew Kraemer and violinist Tessa Lark join ASO for a program featuring Dvorak's New World Symphony and music from Torke and Jeremy Crosmer. GET TICKETS

MAY 17 ASO musicians and 2021-2022 Artist of Distinction Tessa Lark perform music from Chevalier St. George, Mozart, and Mendelssohn in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center. GET TICKETS

Mid-Week Musician in the Spotlight: Casey Buck

 

By: Rebecca Kirkpatrick
September 27, 2017

caseybuck.jpg

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 .

WE'RE BACK!

We're back in the concert hall for all subscription concerts! All ASO musicians, guest artists and staff, venue staff, and patrons are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent (within 72 hours) negative test for all ASO indoor concerts.

Click here for full details.

Welcome to the Robinson Center

New to the ASO, or just want to see a quick tour of entering the Robinson Center? Watch this short video!

Subscribe and Save

New Subscribers SAVE 50%

Subscribe Online

Donate Now

A donation to ASO puts instruments in the hands of children, makes live symphonic music accessible to all Arkansans, and makes it possible for world-class musicians to call Arkansas home. 

Every dollar counts, and each donation helps ensure a sustainable, thriving future for ASO.

Entergy Kids Ticket

entergykids ticket module

Season Sponsors

  • acxiom.jpg
  • ar_arts.jpg
  • LR_cvb.jpg
  • simmons_logo_season_sponsor.JPG
  • stella_boyl.jpg

League of American Orchestras

Member: League of American Orchestras 75th Anniversary Logo