Those living in the 501 will have a unique opportunity to hear a leader among orchestras in the world when Arkansas plays host to the National Symphony Orchestra from March 24-30. The NSO selected the state for the 2009 American Residency at the invitation of the Arkansas Arts Council. The impetus for the council’s invitation came from Rollin Potter, dean of Fine Arts and Communications at the University of Central Arkansas.
In addition to six large orchestra concerts across Arkansas, the musicians will be fanning out to do many small ensemble performances, lectures and demonstrations.
Appearances planned in the 501 area include:
Thursday, March 26 – Chamber concert at the Faulkner County Library at 7 p.m. – “Viva Violins.”
Thursday, March 26 – Conductor Ivan Fischer will speak at the Conway Rotary Club at noon.
Thursday, March 26 – Improv show with Improv Little Rock at 7:30 p.m. (location TBA).
Thursday, March 26 – Chamber concert at Harding University at 3:45 p.m.
Friday, March 27 – Chamber concert at the Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild fundraiser, evening performance.
Saturday, March 28 – Evening orchestral concert at Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA.
Sunday, March 29 – Evening orchestral concert at Robinson Center in Little Rock.
For information on the concert at Reynolds, please contact UCA Ticket Central at 501.450.3265 or 1.866.810.0012, or go to For information on the Robinson Center concert, please call 501.666.1761 or visit