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MAY 24 Free concert featuring ASO musicians Alisa Coffey, harp, Leanna Renfro, oboe, and Beth Wheeler, English Horn, at the Walton Auditorium at UAMS. No tickets needed - FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

SEP 30 - OCT 1 Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor and Sibelius Concerto for Violin in D minor, featuring Artist of Distinction Jennifer Frautschi, violin.

OCT 3 Schoenberg: Winter MusicTchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

OCT 21-22 Milhaud's Le Boeuf sur le toit, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, featuring Ji, piano, Weill's "Berliner Sinfonie," and Debussey's Petite suite.

NOV 4-5 Kabelevsky's Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.

NOV 7 Sarasate: Navarra "Spanish Dance" for Two ViolinsSaint-Saens Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 75Jefferson Friedman: String Quartet No. 2

DEC 15-17 Put on a holiday sweater, grab a candy cane, and head to the Robinson Center for this fun-packed holiday musical extravaganza!

JAN 27-28 Bizet's Selections from Carmen, de Falla's Noches en los jardines de España, featuring pianist Tatiana Roitmann Mann, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique."

JAN 30 Arensky: Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two CellosDvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G Major

FEB 10-11 Music City Hit-Makers is “classin’ up country” with a one-of-a-kind musical event featuring Nashville’s hottest songwriters and your Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

FEB 24-25 Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, and Holst's The Planets.

FEB 27 Rachmaninoff: String quartet No. 1Cras - QuintetteMozart: Divertimento No. 11, K. 251

MAR 10-11 We honor "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, in what would have been her 100th year.

MAR 27 Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1Ewazen: Down a River of Time

APR 14-15 Adam Schoenberg's Finding Rothko, Ravel's Ma Mère l’Oye: 5 pièces enfantines, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," with impressionist painter, Barry Thomas.

APR 17 Schoenberg, Adam: Slo-MoSerocki: Suite for Four TrombonesBeethoven: String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59 No. 2

MAY 12-13 Hold onto your hats, and watch the classic action adventure film while the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs the score live!

SHARP #1: Ottorino Respighi: Composer & Musicologist Extraordinaire

justin craigBy: Justin Craig
March 2, 2015


On March 10th at 7:00 pm, the ASO will be presenting Something “Old” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in North Little Rock. This concert will feature the music of Bach, Respighi, and Vivaldi.


I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable classical music fan. I’m generally familiar with the works of Bach. I own a recording of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” But, Respighi? I’d never heard of him until I read the program for the event.


Well, it turns out that Ottorino Respighi was a man of many talents. Indeed, Respighi was renowned as both a composer and a musicologist. As a composer, his pieces were acclaimed for incorporating Russian orchestral color into Italian music. As a musicologist, his area of focus was Italian music from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. These two passions united in his later works, which often drew heavily from music of that period. In fact, “Ancient Airs and Dances,” which will be performed at the event, was based on Renaissance-era lute compositions.


If you find all of this as intriguing as I do, I invite you to attend SHARP’s pre-show event at Flyway Brewery in North Little Rock! Starting at 5:30 pm, Flyway Brewery will be offering SHARP members a dollar off of all pints. This will be a great opportunity to mingle with other like-minded classical music aficionados.


Then, join us as we head over to St. Luke’s to hear some exceptional music!


To learn more about SHARP and how to become a member, visit https://www.arkansassymphony.org/sharp


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