Arkansas Symphony to mark 50 years with free “thank you” concert

Posted on: October 4, 2016

“The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra plans to thank Little Rock for the about-to-be-completed renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall” with a free concert on November 30, writes Eric E. Harrison in Sunday’s (10/2) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “ ‘We were talking about our 50th anniversary and want to make sure we view it as service and gratitude to the city and the state, not just about celebrating and patting ourselves on the back; we wanted to thank the community for supporting us all these years,’ says ASO Executive Director Christina Littlejohn.” In addition to Dvorák’s Carnival Overture and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, “The concert will feature the world premiere of a piece the orchestra commissioned from ASO Composer of the Year Stephanie Berg featuring the orchestra and 100 string players from the Arkansas Symphony Youth Ensembles. Philip Mann will conduct…. Free tickets will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis, at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 on the music hall’s front steps…. The orchestra’s Nov. 19-20 Masterworks concerts will be the first official performances in the building, which after a two-year rehabilitation is set to open with a Nov. 10 ribbon cutting and the orchestra’s Nov. 12 Opus Ball fundraiser.”

Posted October 4, 2016