ASO Side-by-Side Performance for Mothers Day May 8

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs on stage with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra at the 2011 Side-by-Side performance on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Under the baton of Maestro Philip Mann, the two groups will perform Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla and Tchaikovsky’s Overture: Romeo and Juliet.

 This concert provides a rich tutorial environment where members of the ASO become stand partners with members of the ASYO. This concert is an essential next step in furthering the educational opportunities for these talented young musicians. The Preparatory, Prelude and Academy Orchestras will also perform at this concert.

 Adult tickets for this concert are $20 and student tickets are $6. Tickets can be purchased through the University of Central Arkansas by calling 1-866-810-0012 or 501-450-3265. For more information or to order tickets on-line, visit

  Program Details

ASO/ASYO Side-by-Side

Sunday, May 8, 2011
Reynolds Performance Hall

University of Central Arkansas, Conway

 Preparatory Orchestra

Casey Buck, Conductor

Soon Hee Newbold         Legend of Dark Mountain

Art Sheinberg                    Festival March                                  

Matt Turner                       You Rock!                                           

 Prelude Orchestra

John Jarboe, Conductor

Doug Spata                         Gauntlet

Lauren Bernofsky            The Red Iguana Rhumba

Soon Hee Newbold         North Star to Freedom (In honor of the Underground Railroad)

 Academy Orchestra

Tom McDonald, Conductor

Vivaldi                                   Sinfonia No. 3 in G Major                             




Smetana/Meyer              The Moldau                                       

Liszt/England                     Poeme Symphonique “Les Preludes”                    

Offenbach/stroud           La Belle Helene Overture                            

Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra/Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

                Philip Mann, conductor

Glinka                                   Ruslan and Ludmilla                       

Tchaikovsky                        Overture to Romeo and Juliet   

 CASEY BUCK, Preparatory Orchestra Conductor, is an ardent performer and music educator. He earned Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Performance degrees from Loyola University New Orleans, where he studied cello with Allen Nisbet. As a cellist, Mr. Buck is now in his sixth season with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He has also had the opportunity to play in master classes for world-renowned cellists Lynn Harrell and Maria Kliegel, and has given solo and chamber music recitals both in Louisiana and in Arkansas. As a music educator, Mr. Buck’s commitments are broad and diverse. Mr. Buck’s main teaching engagement is with the Conway Public Schools orchestra program. In addition to directing the ASYO Preparatory Orchestra, he also maintains a private cello studio in Conway, and has served as a clinician for several local summer orchestra camps as well. He is also a Visiting Lecturer of Music at Arkansas Tech University, where he teaches String Methods and Applied Strings. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Center for Music Education (ACME), a non-profit music education outreach to home-school, private, and public school students in the Russellville area. Mr. Buck resides in Conway with his wife, Kristina Rose Buck (a classically-trained mezzo-soprano) and their dog, a West Highland white terrier named Brady. They are expecting their first child this July, and are convinced she will be a musician as well!!

JOHN C. JARBOE, Prelude Orchestra Conductor, is a career educator and professional musician.  He holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Pittsburg State University of Pittsburg, Kansas. While a student at California State University in Long Beach, John studied under Henri Temianka.   As an instructor of string music he has taught at public schools in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri, and served as a clinician at string music workshops in Arkansas, Kansas, and Louisiana, where he had the honor of being on the faculty alongside Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.  For eight years John was a string music instructor at the Arkansas Governor’s School.  John has performed as a violinist in the Nashville Symphony as well as symphonies on the west coast and east coast.  He was a violinist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for 15 years, and continues performing as violist in the Jarboe String Quartet.  He is currently employed as the Music Specialist/Public School Program advisor with the Arkansas Department of Education.

 TOM McDONALD, Academy Orchestra Conductor, has been a violinist in the Arkansas Symphony since 1976 and an orchestra director in the Little Rock Public Schools since 1978. He currently teaches at Central High, Mann Middle School, and Dunbar Middle School. For the past ten years he has served on the music faculty at Arkansas Governor’s School. He also serves as Concertmaster of the Pine Bluff Symphony and is a former director of the Pine Bluff Youth Orchestra. Tom has a son Thomas, also a violinist and a violist. 

 JAMES HATCH, Youth Orchestra Conductor, has demonstrated his versatility as a performer, teacher, and conductor in the many opportunities he has been given to utilize his talents in Arkansas as past Principal Double Bass in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Instructor of Double Bass at the University of Central Arkansas, Mr. Hatch brings with him a wealth of performing and teaching experience. He holds music degrees from the University of Illinois and the Julliard School and is very active as a public school music teacher. Along with his university and performance responsibilities, Mr. Hatch is Orchestra Director at Mills University Studies High School and the Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mr. Hatch was also the Instrumental Music Conductor at the Arkansas Governor’s School from 1980 to 1999.

 GEOFFREY ROBSON is in his third season as Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and in his first year as Youth Orchestra Conductor.  He has served as violinist in the ASO’s Sturgis String Quartet, participating in state-wide programs of arts education for schoolchildren, and hosting AT THE SYMPHONY,   a concert preview radio series on KLRE 90.5 in Little Rock. Geoff graduated from the honors college at Michigan State University in 2002, and completed his MM at Yale University in 2004, studying violin performance with Erick Friedman. Since then he has freelanced busily in Connecticut and New York City as a violinist and violist.  This includes serving as co-concertmaster of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Waterbury Symphony.  Geoffrey has also worked as a public schoolteacher in New Haven, CT, and has taught violin, piano, viola, and music theory extensively as a private teacher.  In 2006 he was involved as a founding member and conductor of the Chelsea Symphony, a bold experiment in the structuring of an arts organization, based in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.  Since the fall of 2007, Geoffrey has been studying orchestral conducting at the Mannes College of Music in New York under the tutelage of David Hayes.  He has twice attended the London Conducting Workshop, an annual course at the Royal College of Music in London, and has guest-led several chamber orchestras in the New York area. 

 Philip Mann, Music Director

 Hailed by the BBC as a “talent to watch out for, who conveys a mature command of his forces,” American conductor Philip Mann is quickly gaining a reputation as an “expressively graceful yet passionate” artist on three continents.  Newly appointed as music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, he also serves as the San Diego Symphony’s Associate Conductor and formerly an American Conducting Fellow/assistant conductor, where he has conducted over 200 performances of Jacobs Subscription Masterworks, Symphony Exposed, family, young people’s concerts, Kinder Konzert, pops, and other special programs. 

 His most recent subscription appearance was described by the San Diego Union Tribune, “Mann was masterful… a skilled musical architect, designing and executing a beautifully paced interpretation, which seemed to spring from somewhere deep within the music rather than superimposed upon it.”  The winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s Karajan Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival, he has served as cover conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra and as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mann has worked with leading artists such as Joshua Bell, Sharon Isbin, Marvin Hamlisch and given world premiers of major composers including John Corigliano. He maintains a lively schedule as a guest conductor having conducted at New York’s Avery Fischer Hall and London’s Barbican Center.  Active in symphonic, operatic, and new music repertories, he has served as music director of the Oxford City Opera and Oxford Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra.

 Elected a Rhodes Scholar, Mann studied and taught at Oxford, and won the annual competition to become principal conductor of the Oxford University Philharmonia.  Under his leadership, the Philharmonia’s performances and tours received international press and acclaim. Mann studied with Alan Hazeldine of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Colin Metters at the Royal Academy of Music, and Marios Papadopolous of the Oxford Philomusica.  He worked with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center’s National Conducting Institute and Michael Tilson Thomas at the New World Symphony.  Mentorship with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jorma Panula followed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Conducting Masterclasses.  He has also worked under Imre Pallo, David Effron, John Poole, and Thomas Baldner at Indiana University where he was appointed visiting lecturer in orchestral conducting, and worked as assistant conductor at the IU Opera Theater.  Additional studies came under the Bolshoi Theater’s music director, Alexander Vedernikov at the Moscow State Conservatory, Gustav Meir, Kenneth Keisler, and with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Robert Ward.

 Trained as a violinist, Mann has appeared as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber player in the USA and abroad.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including commendations from several cities, and the state of California.

 Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

 The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 45th season in 2010-2011 under the leadership of Music Director Philip Mann. ASO is the resident orchestra of Robinson Center Music Hall, and performs more than thirty concerts each year through its Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series, ACXIOM Pops LIVE! Series and River Rhapsodies Chamber Series, in addition to serving central Arkansas through numerous community outreach programs and bringing live symphonic music education to over 24,000 school children and over 200 schools.