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MARCH 28 ASO principal musicians are featured with chamber orchestra in the intimate and unique venue of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. BUY TICKETS

APR 5 Violinist YooJin Jang joins the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra for a residency and featured performance. BUY TICKETS

APR 3 The Ruth Allen Concert Series at UAMS presents a free concert featuring ASO musicians performing music from Haydn, Ibert, and Piazzolla.

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 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 Mahler's Symphony No. 5, and the world premiere of Michael Fine's Concerto for Oboe Section. 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

MAY 23 Beethoven's powerful Triple Concerto is presented in the beautiful and resonant acoustic space of Calvary Baptist Church. BUY TICKETS

SEP 28-29 The 2019-2020 season opens in collaboration with ACANSA Arts Festival of the South, 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.

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.

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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