Artober – Behind the Scenes. An Arkansas Symphony Orchestra rehearsal in 2017

Image may contain: 2 people, people sittingOctober is Arts and Humanities Month nationally and in Little Rock. Americans for the Arts has identified a different arts topic to be posted for each day in the month. Today’s focus is “Behind the Scenes.”

In 2017, I had the rare privilege of sitting on the stage during an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. These are some of the photos I took from that time.  It was exciting to not only hear the music up close but the see the musicians interact with each other on breaks. My appreciation for the ASO musicians (which was already high) grew even more so that evening.

As I was seated next to the violins, most of the photos are of the strings section.  I tried to be as subtle as possible in taking the photos.

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The ASO River Rhapsodies series starts tonight with Beethoven and Milhaud

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra opens the 2019-2020 River Rhapsodies Chamber Music series with Beethoven and Milhaud, Tuesday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center.

ASO’s Quapaw and Rockefeller String Quartets, along with other musicians are performing Milhaud’s Quartet No. 1, Roussel’s Serenade for Flute, String Trio, and Harp, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor.

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 ; at the Clinton Center beginning 60 minutes prior to a concert; or by phone at 501-666-1761, ext. 1.


Quapaw String Quartet

  • Meredith Maddox Hicks, violin
  • Charlotte Crosmer, violin
  • Timothy MacDuff, viola
  • David Gerstein, cello

Rockefeller String Quartet

  • Trisha McGovern Freeney, violin
  • Linnaea Brophy, violin
  • Katherine Reynolds, viola
  • David Gerstein, cello

Gabriel Vega, flute

Alisa Coffey, harp

Diana Norwood, violin

Rafael León, cello