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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, 1998
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Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains the project report, interview transcripts, and audiocassette tapes from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 1998 project, "The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: On the Edge of the Future," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and interviews with news columnists, musicians, managers, and others.
Project staff: Mark-Anthony Conti, Ken Dayer, Shane Dutton, Sarah Jampole, Kathy Jones, William McAlexander, Stephan McAteer, Bryan McDade
Located in Little Rock, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has come to represent a cultural institution where Arkansans can perform or hear orchestral music. Until the ASO's founding, earlier attempts at creating a sustaining symphony music organization failed.
The first such organization, the Little Rock Musical Society, organized in 1869, produced classical compositions for the public but disbanded around 1880. A turning point for orchestral music in Arkansas occurred when the Boston Symphony Orchestra came in 1890 to perform in Little Rock. The large crowd attendance at this event reflected the desire for a more permanent orchestral presence in Arkansas, but symphony music organizations formed afterward were unable to remain active. Many orchestra groups experienced difficulty in financial support and organization issues along with numerous directors and name changes.
Finally in 1960, performers from various orchestra groups reorganized as the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. It was incorporated in 1966. The ASO continues to be a constant presence as a cultural institution in Little Rock and the state of Arkansas.
Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Public History
The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course restricted to graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through direct readings and extensive research on specialized topics in public history, graduate students concentrate on basic skills needed for all specialized areas in public history. The objective of this course is for graduate students to experience team-research in the application of learned skills in report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, 1998, UALR.MS.0231. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
Footnote or Endnote info:
Description of item, file number, UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, 1998, UALR.MS.0231.
Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Spring 2013.