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Upcoming Concerts

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!

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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