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SEP 26-27 The 2020-2021 Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Season opens with Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," and 2020-2021 Artist of Distinction: violinist Tessa Lark.

OCT 24-25 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!

NOV 14-15 Piano sensation Conrad Tao joins the Arkansas Symphony under the baton of Roderick Cox. The annual casual concert and street party features music from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms.

DEC 18-20 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.

JAN 30-31 Guest conductor, Akiko Fujimoto, leads ASO and guest pianist, Martina Filjak, in a program featuring Hindemith, Mozart and Strauss.

FEB 6-7 Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of world-renowned pianist Joseph Joubert and veteran Broadway singers featuring the timeless music of the Gershwin Brothers!

FEB 20-21 Superstar violinist, Gil Shaham, performs his signature concerto: Barber's Violin Concerto, with music from Florence Price and Tchaikovsky.

MAR 13-14 Your Arkansas Symphony Orchestra transforms the Robinson Center into a fantastic world of magic, heroes, dragons, and villains.

APR 10-11 Stravinsky's famous Firebird Suite under the baton of Stephen Mulligan, with works from Adams, Schumann, and Ravel, and guest cellist, Gabriel Martins.

MAY 1-2 Violinist Shannon Lee joins ASO under the baton of Andrew Crust for a program featuring Borodin, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky's popular Concerto in D Major for Violin.

MAY 8-9 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.

Musician Spotlight: Timothy MacDuff

By: Kendall Carwile
January 28, 2020 

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Musician Spotlight: Timothy MacDuff

How old were you when you started to play Viola?

I was 12 years old when my middle school orchestra teacher convinced me to pick up the viola. 

When did you start playing with the ASO? 

This is my first season with the ASO! I'm delighted to be a part of this friendly and hardworking group of musicians. 

How did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in music? 

When I was 16, I spent a summer at New England Music Camp in Maine. It was that summer when I first heard and performed chamber music by Brahms and Dvorak as well as symphonic music by Shostakovich and Sibelius. By the end of the summer, I knew I wanted to study and perform music for the rest of my life. 

What has been your favorite ASO concert so far? Any that you are especially excited about?

I've enjoyed all of the concerts this season but our opening concert was very special to me. Ravel's La Valse was an absolute thrill to play under JoAnn Falletta's leadership. I'm excited to play Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy. For me personally, there are two very beautiful "magic moments" in this piece that always put a smile on my face. 

If you could play any other instrument other than your own, what would it be? 

Definitely the French horn! The horn has many incredible solos in symphonic repertoire, film scores, and operas. 

Who is your favorite composer? 

This is a difficult question for me to answer since my interests are always changing. I would say Prokofiev is one of my favorites, especially his music from Romeo and Juliet. 

What advice would you give someone who is wanting to pursue a career in music? 

Trust your teachers because they want you to succeed. My former teacher told me "be nice and play beautifully, simple as that."

Do you have any pre-concert rituals?

I usually drink some chamomile tea before a concert to relax. After that, I try to imagine what it will feel like to walk on stage and play the first few notes of whatever I am performing since I find starting to be one of the hardest parts. 

What is a favorite moment you've had while being a part of the Quapaw String Quartet?

Playing Milhaud on the opening River Rhapsodies concert this season was so fun! 

 

Timothy will be performing with the ASO during Giants of Broadway, February 8th & 9th at the Robinson Center

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