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Home for the Holidays: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Photo courtesy of ASO, photographer Kelly Hicks

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

Photo courtesy of ASO, photographer Kelly Hicks

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.

Home for the Holidays Program

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

  1. Somewhere in my Memory
  2. Star of Bethlehem
  3. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

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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Kayleigh Tritschler is fresh out of college with a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Harding University. City girl turned small town when she stayed in Searcy, AR after college to begin her career as a Marketing Coordinator at First Security Bank. Kayleigh is a book hoarder and spends some of her free time reading said books or buying new ones to collect dust.

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