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A donation to ASO puts instruments in the hands of children, makes live symphonic music accessible to all Arkansans, and makes it possible for world-class musicians to call Arkansas home. 

Every dollar counts, and each donation helps ensure a sustainable, thriving future for ASO.

ASO plans to honor the financial commitment made to the musicians as the musicians have always been there for the ASO and the community and now we want to be there for them.

Upcoming Concerts

FEB 27-28 Music from Strauss and Dvorak.

MAR 20-21 Music from Arthur Honneger, Anna Clyne, and Astor Piazzola!

APR 10-11 Stravinsky's "l'Histoire du Soldat" (Soldier's Tale) with a TBA collaboration!

APR 13 ASO musicians perform music from Yevgeniy Sharlot, Judith Markovich, and Johannes Brahms.

MAY 1-2 Music from Prokofiev and Mozart!

MAY 11 ASO musicians perform music from Benjamin Britten and Carl Reinecke.

MAY 21 Program to be announced for this one-show-only concert!

Scheduling, Budgeting, Negotiating, Planning, Practicing, Performing

hornsOne of my main jobs as ASO’s Orchestra Personnel and Operations Manager is to create the orchestra’s rehearsal and performance calendar and ensure we have all of the musicians we need for each concert we perform.

The orchestra schedule is very full, which means we have to carefully negotiate dates with all of the venues in which we perform across the state, while making sure the concerts are evenly spaced throughout the season. Once the calendar is set, we can begin to hire the orchestra.

ASO’s musicians come from all across the region. While many of our musicians live in Little Rock and central Arkansas, a number of our performers travel from Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas to perform with us. Besides playing with the ASO, most of our musicians also perform in other orchestras, teach, and many have other jobs in and outside of music. In other words, they stay very busy!

The standard sized orchestra is made up of musicians who, through successful auditions, have been able to join the orchestra as permanent members. Depending on the needs of the music, we might be bringing in several extra musicians to supplement the standard orchestra. A typical orchestra concert, for example, will have anywhere from 60 to 80 musicians needed. Once the orchestra is hired, arrangements are made for out of town musicians’ travel and accommodations (through our wonderful partner hotel, Crowne Plaza).

All of this costs money, and in my role in overseeing operations, that means we have been spending the last several months budgeting and planning for all the expenses that go into our productions, including venue rental, stage labor, lights, sound, guest artists, music, musicians, travel, accommodations, and more.

Lastly, once the business day is over, it is home to practice as I have the great pleasure of getting to play in ASO’s wonderful horn section!

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A donation to ASO puts instruments in the hands of children, makes live symphonic music accessible to all Arkansans, and makes it possible for world-class musicians to call Arkansas home. 

Every dollar counts, and each donation helps ensure a sustainable, thriving future for ASO.

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