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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: Katherine Williamson

By: Kendall Carwile
February 19, 2020 

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Musician Spotlight: Katherine Williamson

Katherine Williamson is in her seventh season with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, where she spent six seasons as an Arts Partner with the Rockefeller Quartet. She is now in her first season as Assistant Concertmaster and Director of the ASO's Sturgis Music Academy. The Academy will have put violins and cellos in the hands of just under 400 Pulaski County schoolchildren by the end of the 19/20 season.

How old were you when you started to play the Violin?

I started taking violin lessons when I was 3 years old.

When did you start playing with the ASO? 

I have been with the ASO since the fall of 2013.

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

Both of my parents are orchestral musicians; I spent a lot of my childhood backstage. I knew that I wanted to pursue music after my first experience as part of a string quartet. I just fell in love with that repertoire.

What has been your favorite ASO concert?

One of my favorite concerts that I have participated in would be our opening concert this season with JoAnn Falletta.

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

I would love to learn to play the cello or horn. 

Who is your favorite composer? 

Picking a favorite composer is impossible, so I'll name three. Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Bach. 

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

Ask yourself if you enjoy the process. Professional musicians spend the most time practicing and rehearsing, not performing. All of it must be loved to have a successful, happy career. 

Do you have any pre-concert rituals?

Whenever I can, I walk to work. I don't drink caffeine if I am about to play a big concert, and I like to cook a piece of salmon a couple of hours before performing.  

What has been a favorite moment you’ve had while being and ASO musician?

There have been too many enjoyable moments as a member of this orchestra to pick just one. My favorite part of working here is absolutely the fact that we have such a supportive work family. I felt welcomed on my first day, and still feel this way many seasons later. I will say that I always love the moment before the music starts. My stand partner has just walked out to tune the orchestra. Smiles are exchanged and it's just the musicians, waiting to begin together.

 

Katherine will be performing with the ASO during Sibelius & Debussy, February 29th & March 1st at the Robinson Center.

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