Ravel and Villa-Lobos are on the program for tonight’s Arkansas Symphony River Rhapsodies

Ravel & Villa-LobosThe Arkansas Symphony Orchestra continues the 2019-2020 River Rhapsodies Chamber Music season with Ravel and Villa-Lobos, Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center.

ASO’s Rockefeller String Quartet, along with other musicians are performing Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, Ives’ Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, Missy Mazzoli’s Death Valley Junction, and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.

River Rhapsodies Chamber Music Concerts are held in the intimate setting of the Clinton Presidential Center’s Great Hall. A cash bar is open before the concert and at intermission, and patrons are invited to carry drinks into the concert. The Media Sponsor for the River Rhapsodies Chamber Music Series is UA Little Rock Public Radio.

General Admission tickets are $26; active duty military and student tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.ArkansasSympohny.org; at the Clinton Center beginning 60 minutes prior to a concert; or by phone at 501-666-1761, ext. 1.

Rockefeller String Quartet
-Trisha McGovern Freeney, violin
-Linnaea Brophy, violin
-Katherine Reynolds, viola
-Jacob Wunsch, cello

David Gerstein, cello
Katherine Williamson, violin
Geoffrey Robson, violin
John Krebs, piano
Casey Buck, cello
Rafael Leon, cello
Daniel Cline, cello
Stephen Feldman, cello
Kristin Smith, cello
Hannah Yeo, cello
Maria Fasciano, soprano

Arkansas Symphony Youth Ensembles in concert tonight

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Come see the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles perform in the annual Mid-Winter Youth Orchestra concert at 6 pm at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center.

The four groups performing will be:

  • Preparatory Orchestra, conducted by Casey Buck
  • Prelude Orchestra, co-conducted by Andrew Irvin and Kiril Laskarov
  • Academy Orchestra, conducted by Tom McDonald
  • Youth Orchestra, conducted by Geoffrey Robson

Ranging in age from 9-18 and traveling from over 37 communities throughout the state, the ASYO has grown to over 200 members.

These youth work hard throughout the year on the music, which is often over and above their efforts with school music programs and individual private lessons.  The conductors choose music that is challenging for them but also appropriate for the level of the ensemble.  They also have the opportunity to interact with the professional musicians of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra throughout the year.

$10 tickets can be purchased at the door or atwww.ArkansasSymphony.org


Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestras perform “Side by Side” with members of the ASO tonight

asoyoThe Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles presents: Side by Side on May 2rd at 7 p.m. at the Robinson Center Music Hall.  Featuring all four ensembles, the concert culminates with the members of the top Youth Orchestra joining the ASO on stage and performing side by side with ASO professional musicians. Also featured is Stella Boyle Smith Concerto Competition winner, Hannah Cruse, oboe, performing as soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Adult tickets are $15; K-12 free, all seats are general admission. Tickets available at www.ArkansasSymphony.org; 501-666-1761; at the Robinson Center beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd.


Hannah Cruse, oboe

Casey Buck, conductor, Preparatory Orchestra

Kiril Laskarov, Andrew Irvin, conductors, Prelude Orchestra

Tom McDonald, conductor, Academy Orchestra

Geoffrey Robson, conductor, Youth Orchestra

Philip Mann, Music Director and conductor, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra



Preparatory Orchestra

Casey Buck, conductor

Arr.  Bob Phillips Sword Dance
Arr. Noah Klauss Loch Lomond
Richard Meyer Dragonhunter


Prelude Orchestra

Kiril Laskarov, Andrew Irvin, conductors

Eliot Del Borgo Concertino in G
Leopold Mozart/Arr. Rondeau Entrée and Allegro in C


Academy Orchestra

Tom McDonald, conductor

F. Handel Concerto Grosso in G op. 6 no. 1

  1.  Tempo giusto
  2.  Allegro
  3.  Allegro
Edward Barnes, Willem Mouw, violins

Eilis Jones, cello


Arr. Noah Klauss Concerto for 4 violins and cello in D op. 3 No. 1

  1.  Allegro
  2.  Allegro
Kevin Li, Angela Wang, Alex Small, Jalin Parry, violins

J.D. Hill, Cello


Arr. Brubaker Complete Harry Potter




Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Philip Mann, Music Director and Conductor

W.A. Mozart Concerto for Oboe, K. 314

  1.  Allegro Aperto
Hannah Cruse, oboe



Side by Side

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra

Geoffrey Robson, Conductor, Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra

Philip Mann, Music Director and Conductor, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

D. Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

  1.  Allegro non troppo

Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestras Concert Tonight

The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestras program will present a concert tonight at Pulaski Academy at 7pm.

There are four youth orchestras featuring over 150 young musicians.  Each of the orchestras will be featured on the program.

The Preparatory Orchestra, under the direction of Casey Buck will perform British Grenadiers by John Caponegro, Sword Dance by Bob Phillips, and Dragonhunter by Richard Meyer.

The Prelude Orchestra is led Kiril Laskarov and Drew Irvin.  Maestro Laskarov will conduct Del Borgo’s Concertino in G while Maestro Irvin will conduct Joseph Haydn’s Finale from Symphony #47.

The Academy Orchestra is under the baton of Thomas McDonald.  Their selections will be Concerto Grosso in G. Major, op. 3 no. 3 by G. F. Handel; Symphony No. 104 – London by F. J. Haydn; and Chicago by John Kander and Fred Ebb.  Angela Wang, violin and Philip Kim, oboe will be soloists on the first selection.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson is the conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Under his direction, those musicians will play Bizet’s Carmen Suite, No. 1 and Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor.