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SEP 28-29 The 2019-2020 season opens in collaboration with ACANSA Arts Festival, featuring American trio Time for Three with conductor JoAnn Falletta and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

OCT 1 The 2019-2020 River Rhapsodies series opens with a concert featuring Milhaud's String Quartet No. 1 and Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

OCTOBER 5 Little Rock and your Arkansas Symphony have the honor of hosting one Broadway's brightest stars for an exclusive evening of music: Heather Headley on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at the Robinson Center! BUY TICKETS

NOV 9-10 Explore the rich musical heritage of Arkansas with a pairing of composers with local roots – William Grant Still and Florence Price – with Beethoven's groundbreaking Symphony No. 3, “Eroica." BUY TICKETS ONLINE

NOV 12 Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 BUY TICKETS ONLINE

NOV 20 The Ruth Allen Concert Series at UAMS presents a free concert featuring ASO musicians performing music from Michael Fine and Mozart.

NOV 22 Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, the elite ensemble in ASO's ASOYE program, performs selections from Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, and Chabrier's Larghetto. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

DEC 19 ASO's traditional holiday show is back for a one-night-only performance including music from Tchaikosky's Nutcracker Suite, Holst's In the Bleak Midwinter, music from Polar Express, and your holiday favorites like O Holy Night, Sleigh Ride, and It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! BUY TICKETS ONLINE

DEC 21-22 A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

JAN 19 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles (two strings groups, two full orchestras) perform at Wilbur D. Mills High School in Little Rock. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

JAN 25-26 Ginastera, Bartók, and Copland examine the music of “home” with a program of dances honoring the folk music of their countries. Carolyn Kuan, conductor. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

JAN 28 A program of works showing the power of music to capture a scene and tell a story. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

FEB 8-9 Join Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte, Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins on Broadway), and Hugh Panaro (Phantom/Sweeney Todd) for an evening that features the music of two giants from the Broadway world - Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  BUY TICKETS ONLINE

FEB 29 - MAR 1 ASO Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson leads your ASO in a program which explores the relationship between imagery and sound, with guest pianist Andrius Žlabys. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

MAR 3 Brahms's Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Schumann's Piano Quintet. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

MAR 14-15 Get your dancing shoes on, head to the concert hall, and get ready to show your R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to the Queen of Soul! BUY TICKETS ONLINE

APR 10 Cellist Jeremy Crosmer conducts a residency week with ASYO, followed by an appearance as guest soloist with the elite youth ensemble. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

APR 18-19 Conductor Eric Jacobsen leads the ASO with music from Boulanger, guest soloist Simone Porter (violin), and Berlioz's powerful symphonic portrayal of an artist's unrequited love. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

APR 21 Spohr's Grand Nonet, Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1 BUY TICKETS ONLINE

APR 26 Preparatory, Prelude, and Academy Orchestras perform, followed by the ASYO sitting Side by Side with the professional musicians of the ASO. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

MAY 2-3 Your ASO closes the 2019-2020 season with one of the greatest cello concertos played by one of the greatest cello soloists of our time: Zuill Bailey. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

MAY 5 2019-2020 Richard Sheppard Arnold Artist of Distinction Zuill Bailey joins ASO musicians at the Clinton Presidential Center BUY TICKETS ONLINE

MAY 9-10 The action-packed adventure of Jurassic Park pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival, with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Working Toward the New Season

Not so fast…

My name is Brandon Dorris, and I’m the Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the ASO. If anyone can suggest anything to add to my title, let me know, because I am set to win the hardest to read name tag award!

There are a lot of things I love about working for the ASO, but here are two at the top of the list: my job is to get great live music heard by more great people in Arkansas, and I get to continue my career as a woodwind player, too. Sometimes I even get to do it for the ASO! Here’s a photo from stage left at Robinson Center - I chose it because it’s my good side.

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The nuts and bolts of my job in marketing are pretty easy to guess - I get a budget, I buy ad space in newspapers, magazines, billboards, etc., and try to get as many people as possible excited about the incredible musicians and music of the ASO. As I sifted through pictures of all of my budget spreadsheets and media contracts, I thought I would focus on some of the less obvious work that I do. Like:
Being both color-blind and not really a visual person, I rely on professional designers to produce our print materials, like our season brochure. The process is fun (for me) and grueling (for the designers), with a lot of little tweaks in many revisions as we try to get to the perfect piece.

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Figuring out how many people can fit in a venue, and how much revenue we can expect from a concert in that venue. I have to go to the venue, take a lot of pictures, measure a lot of things, and crunch the numbers.

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I usually spend time in the summer to work on the ASO, Youth Orchestra, and musician’s websites. I just finished doing some work on the Youth Orchestra site that included me learning and writing some new code on our server.


In a related field, I am the closest thing the ASO has to a staff IT person. I buy and maintain all of our computers, servers, network equipment, and software. I like to get the most out of everything we buy, so when we replace a computer I generally salvage its parts for upgrading other machines or, for example, making a 320GB external hard drive for only $7!

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One last thing I will share is a lot closer to the concert: getting our box office and signage to the event. We take a lot of stuff just for helping patrons get to the halls easily and find their way around once they get there. We hope to sell a lot of tickets to each concert, so we need the box office computers and associated gadgetry as well. I use the ASO van each concert weekend to move our front-of-house equipment to the concert.


As I am writing this blog post I realize it is time to head off to a meeting about security at our concert halls. We work with the local police to ensure safety and peace-of-mind for our patrons at all of our halls. I better not keep the people in blue waiting…see you at the hall!

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