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SEP 29 - 30 Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, featuring David Fung, and Stravinsky's Petrushka.

OCT 2 Mozart's Oboe Quartet in F major, Schmann's String Quartet in A minor

OCT 20-21 Music from the epic Star Wars saga, composed by the legendary John Williams. Tickets go on sale September 4!

NOV 10 - 11 Guest Conductor Sarah Ionannides and the ASO present Tower's Coming to America, Smetana's Vltava, and Elgar's Enigma Variations.

NOV 13 Brahms's Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major and Piano Quartet in G minor, featuring ASO Concertmaster Kiril Laskarov.

DEC 14-16 Your Arkansas Symphony invites you to bring family and friends to the Robinson Center for a fun-packed holiday music extravaganza! Kids aged one to one hundred should put on a holiday sweater, grab your favorite holiday candy, and settle in to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

JAN 26 - 27 Verdi's Overture to La forza del destino, Chopin's Piano Concerto No., with Artist of Distinction Andrew von Oeyen, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3, "Scottish."

JAN 29 Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 4, Chopin's Selections for Solo Piano, and Enesco's Piano Quintet in A minor.

FEB 23 - 24 Beethoven's Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy.

FEB 26 Janáček's String Quartet No. 1, Puccini's String Quartet in D Major, Verdi's String Quartet.

FEB 9-10 Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III, grandson of the beloved librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, hosts a celebration of some of America's most cherished music from the stage.

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.

APR 16 Debussy's Violin Sonata, Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds.

MAR 9-10 Beatlemania is back with Classical Mystery Tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!

MAY 4 - 5 Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Fine's Concerto for Oboe Section, Brahms' Hungarian Dances, and Liszt's Les Préludes.

MAY 7 Ravel's Sonatine en Trio, Francaix's String Trio, Pärt's Fratres, Dillon's Multiplicity, Gardel's Por una Cabeza.

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!

SHARP #3: A SHARP Member’s Review of “Brahms & Dvořák”

clinton crowdBy: Ashley Jones
April 21, 2016


I left the final River Rhapsody Chamber Music Series performance of this season excited by the new people that I had the opportunity to meet at the SHARP Event, and excited by the vast array of music that I had the opportunity to enjoy. The evening began with a SHARP Event in which members were invited to enjoy a glass of wine while getting to know one another. This experience was extra special for me because my sister was visiting from out of town. I brought her to the event as my guest. She was impressed both by the SHARP group and the symphony performance. She could not believe that the SHARP membership allowed us to network and enjoy high quality music at a fair price. The symphony is extremely expensive where she lives and is virtually inaccessible for those on limited budgets. It really makes me appreciative of SHARP and the opportunities that it provides.


The musical program began with Brahms’s Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101. I have read that “tragic passion and drama” are at the heart of this piece. I am no musicologist but I feel that passionate is an accurate description of this inspiring piece.


The program continued with Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4. Prior to the performance, one of the musicians explained that this piece was inspired by central European folk music. For my sister, my boyfriend, and I, the piece was both unique and oddly familiar, as if it had been on the soundtrack of a film that we had all seen years ago. We even looked up the piece on the way home in an attempt to identify it, but had no luck. In hindsight, I am left wondering whether Bartok or the folk music that inspired Bartok have served as an inspiration for other musicians that we hear on a daily basis.


The performance concluded with Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105. The dramatic high-powered revelry of the final movement of this piece served as a fitting ending for both the performance and the orchestra’s River Rhapsody series.


I felt the music chosen for this performance made for an exciting and invigorating show. Though each piece was different in tone, the entire evening seemed to be building towards the almost orchestra-like dramatic ending of the Dvořák piece. I was left satisfied and excited to see what surprises next season brings.

-Ashley Jones


And now what?


To share your reflections on Brahms, Dvořák, or any of the other pieces performed by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, respond to this blog post or, as always, you can join the conversation by attending one of the scheduled SHARP events.


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


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