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Sunday, September 10

October 21

December 2

January 20

April 21

May 12

Experience exciting musical frontiers, our frontier history and musical heritage as we expand our musical horizons for this very special season. World-class guest artists again grace the stage along with truly exceptional musical events.

Join us for amazing concerts including “An Evening with Jeremy Denk,” one of America’s most sought after pianists; “The Great Ladies of Swing” with Jazz legend Dee Daniels and a “Fort Smith Bicentennial Celebration.” All concerts are held at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center in downtown Fort Smith.
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Founded in 1923, the Fort Smith Symphony is one of the most outstanding orchestras in the State of Arkansas and enjoys wide regional support and sell-out concerts. The orchestra includes over 100 professional musicians traveling from Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Kansas, Tennessee, and New York as well as Arkansas for rehearsals and concerts.

The orchestra is governed by a 24-member board of directors and has a full time staff of four. Under Music Director/Conductor John Jeter, the Symphony organization has grown in quality and outreach opportunities.

The 2017-2018 concert season is John Jeter’s twenty-first season as Music Director.

The orchestra consistently receives regional, national, and international recognition for its artistic achievements and its award-winning educational programs. As an example, the orchestra’s three CD/downloads on the nationally-known Naxos label comprise the first ever complete cycle of recorded symphonies of William Grant Still.

The Symphony has also been the subject of a full-length motion picture documentary and television pilot.

Symphony News

Raffle supporting Fort Smith Symphony

In honor of the Fort Smith Symphony’s upcoming James Bond concert on Saturday, April 22, “BONDED – The Music of James Bond,” Umarex/Walther…

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A Classic Christmas

Our next concert is the popular Christmas program on December 3rd. With guest artists Don Bailey, Rob Bradshaw, and the Fort Smith Chorale,…

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Storybook Strings – Goodnight Fort Smith

Our Concertmaster, Elizabeth Lyon-Ballay, developed the cool program of “Storybook Strings.” Our Music Director, John Jeter, wrote the words for the children’s book…

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