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Beginning in 1966, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society exists to “connect, enrich, inspire and advance Arkansas through the power of music.” They perform more than 60 concerts per season, which is heard by more than 165,000 Arkansans every year. Along with touring statewide and their educational performances, the ASO collaborates with Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
The ASO String Academy and the Arkansas Symphony Youth ensembles are comprised of two full orchestras and a string-only ensemble with nearly 200 members from ages 9-19. Tuition Scholarships are available to those requiring one, thanks to the many generous donors of the ASO.
A concert membership is available to those who attend plenty of the ASO’s concerts. For only $9 a month, a member gets to enjoy 29+ concerts. Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks, First Orion Pops, River Rhapsodies and other concerts that are part of the regular ASO subscription series are included.
Don’t miss Christmas at the Robinson Center in Little Rock on December 15, 16 and 17, where the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform their Home for the Holidays program. This program features vocalists Satia Spencer and Blythe Keating, along with Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock Parkview and Bryant High School choirs. Conducting the program will be Geoffrey Robson and Valery Saul.
Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 pm
On December 16, live holiday music will be performed in the Historic Lobby of the Robinson after the Saturday concert. This holiday music performance will feature a French Horn caroling group called Hornaments, led by Dr. Brent Shires, along with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s youth ensemble, the Academy Orchestra.
On December 17 before the Sunday concert, there will be a Holiday Children’s Fair from 2 – 2:45 p.m. This fair includes holiday-themed arts and crafts for all ages and is free with a ticket to the following performance.
Bruce Broughton – Concert Suite from Miracle on 34th Street
Ryan Murphy – Ring Those Christmas Bells
Robert Wendel/ Vince Trani – Santa Dear (A letter of denial) (feat. Blythe Keating, vocalist)
Howard Blake – Walking in the Air from The Snowman (feat. Blythe Keating, vocalist)
Dan Forrest – Silent Night
Dana Friedman – A Chanukkah Overture
David Richardson – What Child is This? (feat. Santa’s Strings)
David Richardson – Wassail, Wassail (feat. Santa’s Strings)
John Williams – Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone
Sean O’Loughlin – Christmas Canticles
Jule Styne (arr. Hayes) – The Christmas Waltz
arr. Hansen – Joy to the World (inspired by Whitney Houston) (feat. Satia Spencer, vocalist)
Adolphe Adam – O Holy Night (feat. Satia Spencer, vocalist)
José Feliciano (arr. Vanacore) – Feliz Navidad
Photos courtesy of ASO photographer Kelly Hicks.
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