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Upcoming Concerts

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!

A letter from the Sturgis Music Academy Director

tze ying sturgisBy: Tze-ying Wu
August 2, 2016


Hello, my name is Tze-ying Wu and I am the director of the ASO’s newly founded education program—the Sturgis Music Academy. First of all, I would like to thank the ASO for offering me this wonderful opportunity to create this program for them. Building this program is meaningful to me considering my passion for teaching and working with younger students, but I also believe deeply in this program’s future as a positive and inspiring music-learning environment for the children in Little Rock and its surrounding communities.


For the past four years I have had the privilege of teaching as a violin and viola instructor at the Indiana University String Academy, a pre-college string program associated with the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. As a student who grew up in Taiwan and came from a music education system that is very different from the states, what I saw and experienced from the IU String Academy completely changed my approach to teaching. The program is well organized with the teachers all teaching in a unified method based on the methods and philosophies of the program’s director Mimi Zweig, as well as those of the renowned Shinichi Suzuki and Paul Rolland. The students are offered an abundance of activities during the week and throughout the semester. Each week they receive a one-on-one private lesson with their teacher and one group lesson, where their learning can be reinforced by playing together and interacting with their peers. Once a semester they have a group presentation concert as well as solo recitals. IU String Academy shows how important of a role music plays in the students’ lives. With the emphasis of establishing a “non-judgmental” environment, the students get to experience the joy of learning new pieces, develop their mental strength through conquering the difficulties and frustrations of learning the instrument, and are eventually awarded with a sense of accomplishment from their performances. The confidence they gain from learning the instrument is precious, and I can never forget the sparkles I saw in my students’ eyes when they knew they were succeeding.


None of this can be achieved without parental involvement, and this is a crucial key to the students’ success. The parents participate in every single one of the activities in their children’s learning. It is very important that they demonstrate good teamwork with the teacher by attending the private lessons and group lessons so they can practice with their children at home. They come to all of their children’s performances, allowing them to share the sense of accomplishment and be proud of their children. The students from IU String Academy are never alone because they always have somebody to watch over them for every single step forward. It is also amazing to see how a community starts growing when all the parents come together to support their children.


The reason why I am describing the IU String Academy in such detail is because I hope to build the Sturgis Music Academy in a similar way. My goal with the Academy is to provide the students a comprehensive music education through learning string instruments, a non-judgmental environment to help the students build their confidence and mental strength, an enjoyable experience playing music, and most importantly a community where the students can share their feelings that they experience in their journey. I believe if children can succeed in music, they can succeed in other areas as well.


The Academy is scheduled to begin on August 29th, for now focusing on violin, and we also offer a free camp on August 11th and 12th to showcase the Academy’s teaching method and group lesson format. So take advantage of that free and fun opportunity, and I hope on August 29th you will consider joining me in witnessing the beginning of a new journey starting in Little Rock!

For more information about the camp, please visit here:
https://www.arkansassymphony.org/sturgis-violin-camp

For more information about the Academy or me, please visit here:
https://www.arkansassymphony.org/sturgis

Also, for any inquiries, please contact me at twu@arkansassymphony.org.

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