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OCT 20-21 Music from the epic Star Wars saga, composed by the legendary John Williams. BUY TICKETS

NOV 10 - 11 Guest Conductor Sarah Ionannides and the ASO present Tower's Made in America, Smetana's Vltava, and Elgar's Enigma Variations. BUY TICKETS

NOV 13 Brahms's Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major and Piano Quartet in G minor, featuring ASO Concertmaster Kiril Laskarov. BUY TICKETS

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! BUY TICKETS

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. BUY TICKETS

JAN 29 Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 4, Chopin's Selections for Solo Piano, and Shostakovich's Piano Qiuntet in G minor, Op. 57, featuring Andrew von Oeyen. BUY TICKETS

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. BUY TICKETS

FEB 23 - 24 Beethoven's Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy. BUY TICKETS

FEB 26 Janáček's String Quartet No. 1, Puccini's String Quartet in D Major, Verdi's String Quartet. BUY TICKETS

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! BUY TICKETS

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. BUY TICKETS

APR 16 Debussy's Violin Sonata, Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds. BUY TICKETS

MAY 4 - 5 Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Fine's Concerto for Oboe Section, Brahms' Hungarian Dances, and Liszt's Les Préludes. BUY TICKETS

MAY 7 Ravel's Sonatine en Trio, Francaix's String Trio, Pärt's Fratres, Dillon's Multiplicity, Gardel's Por una Cabeza. BUY TICKETS

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! 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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