Fort Smith Symphony

Fort Smith Symphony


Interesting: new sponsors/renewed old sponsors, but fewer shows this year and only 1 program allowed per family this year. Hope they’re good.
Entertainment at it's best! !!
I just purchased your recording the Florence Price Symphony No. 1 and No. 4 earlier today, at the Juilliard Store at Lincoln Center in New York. I'm listening to the Symphony No. 1 right now, and I love it and the performance. You know, in my life at various stages, I've discovered composers new to me that ended up becoming very much a part of who I am -- 50 years ago it was Gustav Mahler, 40-some years ago, it was Ralph Vaughan Williams, and a bit later Michael Tippett. This could be one of those moments, and much as I was eternally grateful Bruno Walter and Leonard Bernstein for their Mahler performances on record, and to Sir Adrian Boult for the performances of the Vaughan Williams symphonies that he put on record, and Colin Davis for his work on behalf of Tippett, well, I thank you for introducing me to Ms. Price's work.
Joshua Bell live on the pbs show on the mall in DC. AWESOME!! 😍
You guys made my sons night he enjoyed it so much thank you all he needed this night everyone was amazing🎶🎻
I can hardly wait to hear their performance on April 21st! See ya, pilgrims and little ladies!
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The Fort Smith Symphony is a per-service professional regional orchestra serving the greater Fort Smith region and eastern Oklahoma. The orchestra presents concerts and educational programming to thousands in the River valley each year.

Established in 1923, the Fort Smith Symphony is the oldest symphony in the state of Arkansas. This professional per-service orchestra includes over 100 musicians traveling from Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Kansas, Indiana and New York as well as all areas of Arkansas for rehearsals and performances. The orchestra is governed by a 23 member board of directors and has a full-time staff of four. The 2020-2021 season is John Jeter's 24th season as Music Director. The orchestra receives regional, national and international recognition for its artistic achievements and its award-winning educational programs. The orchestra has received significant national and international exposure and recognition for its four commercial recordings for Naxos International.

Operating as usual

✨THANK YOU ✨ to our season opener concert sponsor: Glatfelter Engineered Materials in Fort Smith!

✨ A BIG THANK YOU ✨ to our season sponsors: Arkansas College of Health Education and Mercy Hospitals of Fort Smith! With their generosity we're able to bring our audiences a season of safe and socially distanced classical music. 🎵

✨🎵 Hey, Subscribers! Our outdoor concert on October 17th is food-friendly. Grab your picnic basket and enjoy a lovely autumn evening with live classical music on the river!

What will you be pairing with the concert? 🍷


Subscribers! Have you gotten the email about our SEASON OPENER? Check your inboxes and request your concert time!

We are so excited about our outdoor concert at the US Marshals Museum here in Fort Smith. Bring your blankets, chairs, and masks for an evening of pop classics at the river!

Due to audience restrictions by the Arkansas Dept of Health, we are currently at max capacity for this concert. Individual ticket requests will be waitlisted. We apologize for this inconvenience, and look forward to future performances with our whole audience together.

As always, thank you to our concert sponsors listed here, and our season sponsors Mercy Hospital Fort Smith and Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. We'll see you at the Symphony!


Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Movement IV - Fort Smith Symphony

Throwback Thursday!

We love this recording of the Fort Smith Symphony's performance of Johannes Brahm's Symphony No. 1 in c minor. The German composer claimed he spent 21 years perfecting his first symphony. With this movement, Brahms sought to emulate the alphorns of Switzerland in the horn section. In a note to lifelong friend Clara Schumann, he sketched this transcription with the now-famous message: "Thus blew the shepherd's horn today!"

The Fort Smith Symphony performing Johaness Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Movement IV Performed May 14th, 2016 at the Fort Smith Convention Center.


Our season opener, originally scheduled for this Sunday 9/13, has been MOVED to October 17. It is now an outdoor, socially-distanced concert at the U.S. Marshals Museum!

Season ticket holders can find more information at the link below.

Happy Labor Day from the Fort Smith Symphony! 🍉

Tune in to Ozarks at Large KUAF 91.3FM today at 12:35pm and 7:35pm for an interview with Music Director John Jeter by host Kyle Kellams!

The Band’s Back Together: Fort Smith Symphony plans socially distanced season

✨ICYMI: Becca Martin-Brown from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette interviewed Music Director John Jeter about our upcoming socially-distanced season.

"It has to be done safely or not at all ... But I feel like we have a community of people who are responsible and feel the same way."

Read at the link below! FYI Fort Smith Symphony

Amos Cochran

👀👀👀 Recognize those musicians?

Teaser 1 for "A Modern Procedure for Breathing."

We're excited to announce our new 2020 - 2021 season and bring live classical music back to Fort Smith!

To help us do this safely, please do your part by wearing a mask in public, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently. This season is only possible with the help of our community!


We are excited to finally announce our socially distanced 2020 - 2021 concert season! 🎵✨

A special thank you to our season co-sponsors, Mercy Hospital Fort Smith and Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, for bringing this year's Season of Wellness through Music.

Please see attached Season Announcement and a letter from our Board of Directors and Music Director John Jeter. All of our performances have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Health and are in accordance with state guidelines.

For more information, visit our website:

Ever wonder what a masked string quartet looks like in a recording studio?

FSS musicians were in SŌL Studios this past Sunday recording for Emmy-nominated composer Amos Cochran's upcoming album! We're never not excited to work with Fort Smith musicians and artists. Doing it in a great space like this is almost too much. Almost.

Look for the album release in November. In the meantime, check out Cochran's other projects: and SŌL Studios:

Garrett Lewis

Mask up, Fort Smith!

🚨🚨Governor Hutchinson just issued a statewide mandate on face coverings.

Love this #ThrowbackThursday from Brice Smith at a snowy 2013 concert! We are definitely missing concert days around here.

Please see our updated COVID-19 statement below.

We are committed to bringing exceptional classical music to our audiences in the safest way possible. With ever-rising cases in the state of Arkansas, we are taking the next four weeks to watch the latest developments, re-visit our season plans and discuss them with Arkansas Department of Health.

Below is the full letter from our Board of Directors. Please reach out with any questions.


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Celebrate independence and tell us what you're listening to in honor of Juneteenth 👇

Thanks board member and office neighbor Tim Bailey for helping us install our new office decal! We love the new look 😎

Classical Tulsa

Any list celebrating music by Black American composers would be incomplete without William Grant Still (1895-1978). Hailed during his own lifetime as the "Dean of Afro-American Composers," Still broke color barriers with his Afro-American Symphony, which draws on the sounds of spirituals, blues and jazz (including a melody that anticipates Gershwin’s "I Got Rhythm") to celebrate the traditions and culture of regular Black Americans. After its 1931 premiere with the Rochester Philharmonic, the piece would go on to be played by more than 30 orchestras, making the most widely performed American symphony before 1950.

Still's Afro-American Symphony has been recorded a few times, but I want to spotlight this 2005 Naxos album by the Fort Smith Symphony and conductor John Jeter, which also includes the powerful World War II elegy “In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died For Democracy” as well as his evocative symphonic poem "Africa" in its orchestral version.

As a bonus, this recording features several Tulsa musicians. More info:

9 black composers who changed the course of classical music history

Proud to have performed and recorded the work of Florence Price and William Grant Still, important figures in music history, Black history, and American history. 🎵✨ From Scott Joplin to Florence Price, the music of these brilliant composers has too long been neglected in Western classical music tradition.

Thank you to all who have renewed your season tickets. We continue to receive renewals daily.

In consideration of COVID-19 related delays, the Symphony is extending the deadline for season ticket renewals from June 12th. The new season ticket renewal deadline is July 31, 2020.

The Symphony plans on presenting the season as advertised. If a concert is cancelled due to COVID-19 issues, refunds will be offered.

In early July, the Symphony will begin logistical plans and follow-ups, contacting/re-visiting sponsors for the upcoming season.

We know there may still be some obstacles to overcome, but we are also encouraged by the beginnings of a return to normal.

We are really looking forward to presenting some GREAT concerts for you as well as terrific educational programs for the schools.

For those of you with tickets for “Sounds of Hitchcock” that was to take place on April 25: the concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3 PM.

You can view our 2020-2021 Season Preview at the link below.

You can renew your tickets online at or by calling 452-7575 ext. 1 and speak with Laken Emerson, FS Symphony Business Manager.

Dave Brubeck - "Take Five" (Marat Gabdullin - violin, Dias Karimov - piano)

Marat Gabdullin and Dave Brubeck put this piece together. Please enjoy and have a safe weekend.

Dave Brubeck - "Take Five" Marat Gabdullin - violin Dias Karimov - piano

WELCOME - Laken Emerson, Fort Smith Symphony Business Manager!

Laken is a graduate of UAFS and Wright State University with a BA and MM in Music (Flute Performance). Her multifaceted experience includes music performance, music administration as well as online digital marketing. Her interests include writing, contemporary music and inclusion in the Arts. She will be taking over for Becky Yates who will be retiring soon after 20 great years with the Symphony. Thanks so much Becky and Welcome Laken!

Greetings and Music from Fort Smith Symphony Concertmaster Er-Gene Kahng

Remote Area Medical (who does amazing work around the globe) is running a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic in Fort Smith, and they need volunteers to help. The site is already open is will be open for another four weeks. If you or someone you know is able to volunteer please visit their website at:

Walmart Parking Lot
5301 Riverfront Drive
Ft. Smith, AR 72904

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 8am-5pm

Volunteers ages 18-65 are needed to fulfill non-clinical and clinic roles at COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Sites. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to keep all volunteers safe and healthy.

Non-clinical volunteers will be asked to help in parking lot flow, registration, and resupplying PPE and testing supplies. These are non-contact patient roles.

Clinical volunteers may be asked to respond to on-site emergencies and assist patients with self-swabbing as necessary.

Sign up:
1-Visit: and register for location and date(s).
2-Watch for an email with a link for a background check and submit promptly.

Badlands (Star Wars + Truman Show)

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Forth be with you! Brought to you by cellist Chas Helge.

Created during the month of March 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. Made with GarageBand by The Broke Cellist. Visit www.chashelge.c...

Greetings and Music from Fort Smith Symphony Principal Oboe - Theresa Delaplain.

Fort Smith Public Schools - Orchestra Instructor *Out of state applicants please provide ADE's verfication of provisional licensure eligibility* Position Description POSITION TITLE: Orchestra Instructor (String Experience Required) FLSA: Exempt QUALIFICATIONS: Must meet AR licensure requirements REPORTS TO: Principal LOCATION: Ramsey High School T...

The Sounds of Hitchcock - North by Northwest film w/ orchestra concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 28th, 2021 at 3 PM. It's a long way off but in reality, it will be here before we know it!

Young Concert Artists

Our violin soloist SooBeen Lee for our Sept. 13th 2020-2021 Season Opener

This #TuesdayTunesday 🎶✨ check out this cover from YCA Violinist SooBeen Lee-이수빈 😍 can you name that tune?? 🤔

Young Concert Artists

Let’s start this week right y’all! 💪 Maxim Lando has been keeping busy writing his own #SongsofComfort 🤗 Tell us how to stay busy! What do you like to play??

How did you become interested in classical music?

How did you become interested in classical music?

Musings - Applause Between Movements

Applause Between Movements

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General Manager

John Jeter



5111 Rogers Ave, Ste 617
Fort Smith, AR

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
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