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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. 2 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: Drew Irvin

By: Rebecca Kirkpatrick
February 15, 2018


drew.pngEach 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 Drew Irvin. Drew delights with his violin skills as the Dora Paley Ronnel Concertmaster Chair for the ASO. Here's a little more about Drew you may not know:

When is your birthday?
May 31, 1971

What is your hometown?
Columbia, Missouri, 6 hours north of Little Rock.

What instrument(s) can you play?
Violin and piano.

Who is your favorite composer and why?
Whomever I’m playing currently. Mozart, Mahler, Strauss come to mind.

What sparked your initial interest in music?
Singing with my family. My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. McKinney. 

What other hidden talents do you have?
My chocolate chip recipe!

In what store could you max out your credit card?
If you could have a super-power, what would it be?
Healing disease.

What are three things still left on your bucket list? 
A white Christmas in the mountains with my family. Mahler 8!!!!!!! To play Strauss’ “Beim Schladengehen” with Renee Fleming, or any other world class soprano!

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who eat too loudly, I might have misophonia.

Do you have any pets? 
Three dogs; Sam, a chocolate lab, and two girls: Keiko and Suki, who are litter mates and are Jack Russell/Pit Bull mix.

Did you have any nicknames growing up?

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

How long have you played with the ASO? 
Since September 2002

What book are you currently reading? 
Too many to list. By the time you read this, it will be another book. 

Who inspires you?
Caroline Brown, our principal flute. She is so consistent, musical, and plays beautifully!

What is your best childhood memory?
Visiting family in El Paso, Texas. 

Which four individuals, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
Two dinners: One with Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Goethe, and Ghandi. For laughs, Mozart, Colbert, Carol Burnett, and Dave Chapelle. 

Are you working on any projects outside of the ASO?
Lots of Violin teaching, and some recitals and tours with my group ArMusica.  

Next weekend, February 24-25, you'll perform in the ASO's fifth Masterworks concert, "The Planets." Tell us a little big about the challenges you face when performing this concert. What do you most looking forward to? Is there anything in particular we should be listening for?
This "Planets" Masterworks is the most challenging concert of the season for me, and perhaps for much of the orchestra. I'm really looking forward to the Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra. Sandy McDonald and I have lots of duets and solos and they are a workout-- all fun and beautiful-- but they keep me humble. The Planets is a real crowd- pleaser and gives every section of the orchestra some amazing moments. I love "Jupiter" most of all. The middle hymn is heartbreaking and it never resolves, rather it dissolves into the opening theme of "Jupiter." 

That concludes this week's "Musician in the Spotlight"-- to see Drew rise to the challenges of "The Planets," join us next weekend. You can purchase your tickets by visiting

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