Symphony Notes

August, 2016

The Hot Springs/ Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild is a member of the HSV Arts Council

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Message from the President

Hello Guild Members,

Your Symphony Guild board is busy at work with our 2016-2017 season events.

As students are preparing to start their school year, we are planning music education programs for school aged students. Research shows, that exposure and participation in music helps young people become better students in all of their studies.

Thank you for your continued support with membership renewals and donations. These funds help the Guild to continue being an active participant in music education in our area schools.  

Best regards,





FYour Guild at Work - College Scholarships 

Free Performances

Hot Springs Concert Band
There are two free performances in August by the Hot Springs Concert Band.  The concerts are August 8 and August 22.  Both concerts are in Whittington Park in Hot Springs and both begin at 6 PM.  In the event of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be relocated to the National Park College Gymnasium.  For the latest updates, visit

 The Guild Will Benefit From Sales of a Book Written by Member Chuck Miller


The Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild will benefit from the sale of a book written by Hot Springs Village writer Chuck Miller.  Chuck is a free-lance golf and travel writer, motivational speaker, and radio personality.  He will donate $2 for each book sold during August and September to the Guild.

In his book, Golfing the U.S. – Reflections on a 50-Week, 50-State Golf Odyssey, Chuck takes his readers on a vicarious 21,503 mile road trip throughout the United States as he reflects on his 2012 50-week, 50-state golf adventure. He writes about the 141 courses he played, the 126 hotels, motels and B&B’s he stayed in, and the good, bad and ugly incidents that happened to him during his eleven and one-half months on the road.

According to those who have read his book, it is a fun, easy, and entertaining read for anyone who enjoys golf, travel, or reading about places they have visited, or may wish to visit. 

He will autograph copies of his book on Tuesday August 16 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Desoto Club.  Also, anyone here in the Village that can't attend the book signing can contact Chuck before September 1st at, and he will autograph a book and arrange to get it to them.  The price at the book signing and for orders placed with Chuck by September 1st, is $14.95.

Chuck will also donate $2.00 from every book purchased during August and September from his publisher, CreateSpace, at  Books purchased from his publisher at are $14.95 plus shipping and handling.



We Need A Volunteer to Create and Maintain Our Facebook Page 


We actually have a Facebook page, but we have not actively used it since 2013 although we do have more recent visitor posts. We are looking for an experienced Facebook user or someone who would like to learn about Facebook to help us benefit from this powerful social media site.

If you are interested, please contact Suzanne Babbie at 501-922-6418 or Jim Kelly at 501-915-0407 or Suzanne Kuch at 501-915-8016.                        



Our 2016-2017 Season

Our program committee continues to refine our upcoming season.  Please note the new date for the Salute to Gershwin is Tuesday February 21, 2017.
Our special events committee is planning an elegant "Evening in Monte Carlo" on January 13, 2017.  Watch for more information in upcoming newsletters.

Last year, the opening show and the ASO Christmas concerts nearly sold out in the member only ticket sales period.  So join or renew your membership to be first in line for tickets during our 2016 - 2017 season.                          


Saturday, 10/1/16 7:30 PM - The Diamonds: Enjoy another of our great Burger Bashes in the Woodlands’ Porte Cochere starting at 6:00 PM.  Master Chef Johnna will be cooking the burgers with all the fixin’s on site.  You can also select from a number of side dishes sure to please everyone.  A special ice cream bar will be the hit of this affair.

Then join us in the Woodlands Auditorium for a walk down memory lane with the Fabulous Diamonds’.  This is The Diamonds’ third appearance in the Village, and you will hear Classic Rock And Roll With Today’s Attitude.  The Diamonds’ 20 million seller, Little Darlin’ , has been dubbed “the National Anthem of Rock and Roll”.  They have 3 Gold Records to their credit - Silhouettes, The Stroll, and Little Darlin’.  They appeared on American Bandstand 33 times and are featured on the soundtracks of American Graffiti and Happy Days.  The Diamonds’ are always updating their performances as they brings us  some of the songs of the great vocal groups of the past.  You may even hear some songs from the Four Seasons and Beach Boys.  “We’ve been pleased to find a growing audience among all age groups.  They love songs they can understand, remember, and actually sing the words to - today, tomorrow, or even 20 years from now.”

Tickets to Burger Bash III are $15, and tickets for The Diamonds’ performance are $25.  Tickets for these events go on sale to Symphony Guild members on August 22, 2016 and will be available to the general public on September 5, 2016. 

Sunday, 12/4/16 3:00 PM - ASO Christmas in the Village: Get yourself in the Christmas holiday spirit by joining us for the annual appearance in the Village of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Phillip Mann. This year The Village Chorale will again join the orchestra on stage.  In addition the Orchestra always brings along a guest soloist or two to help put us in the festive mood.  As always you can count on this program to include seasonal favorites and plenty of exquisite music to welcome the season.

Tickets for this event are $25.  We are very grateful for a donor who has covered the cost increases this year so that we can stay at the same ticket price as last year.  Tickets go on sale to Symphony Guild members on October 24, 2016 and to the general public on November 7, 2016. 

Sunday, 1/29/17 3:00 PM - Henderson State President Music Award Winners in Concert: This annual event showcases the best of Henderson State’s musical talent.  Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of beautiful music at Holy Trinity Church in Hot Springs Village.  There is no charge for this event.  A meet and greet reception will follow.

Tuesday, 2/21/17 5:30 PM - Salute to Gershwin: Join us for a wonderful dinner in Christ of the Hills Fellowship Hall.  We will then retire to the sanctuary for a fantastic evening of Gershwin music brought to us by an All Star Cast.  Leading us down memory lane will be The Bob Boyd Sounds with Bob Boyd on piano, David Higginbotham on bass, Randy McDonald on drums, and Dr. Sim Flora on trombone and flute.  All four form a vocal group that has been comparedto the Four Freshmen and the Modernaires.  Joining this group will be Earl Hesse on Sax and Clarinet and the popular Shirley Chauvin on vocals.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 PM and the show will begin at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are $15 for the dinner and $10 for the show.  The event will be held at Christ of the Hills Methodist Church in Hot Springs Village. Tickets will be available on our website or by mail.

Sunday, 3/26/17 3:00 PM - ASO Chamber Orchestra at Garvan Gardens: Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of splendid orchestra music as the ASO Chamber Orchestra conducted by Geoffrey Robson brings us Britten’s Simple Symphony, OP. 4 and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, OP. 67.  The concert will be held the beautiful, Anthony Chapel.  Then join us for a meet and greet reception.  Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and will be sold through Garvan Gardens.

Saturday, 4/29/17 5:00 PM - Senior Prom Dinner Dance: Join us in the Coronado Center lobby for cocktails at a cash bar at 5:00 PM.  Then at 6:00 enter the beautifully decorated Coronado Ballroom for a wonderful dinner followed by dancing to the great tunes of The Village Big Band starting at 7:00.  Dress up for this special evening of fun and memories, as this will surely take you back to another special evening during your high school days. All of this for only $35. 

Sunday, 4/30/17 3:00m PM - The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and Guild Annual Meeting: After a short Guild annual meeting enjoy music brought to us by the best of our state’s talented youth.  The Youth Orchestra is conducted by Geoffrey Robson, Associate Conductor of the ASO.  Please join us for this delightful afternoon of beautiful music at the Woodlands Auditorium.  There is no charge for this event.


Upcoming Guild Events

The program committee has finalized our season offerings.  For full details, please visit the Event page on our website.

  • October 1, 2016—The Diamonds Concert and Pre-concert Dinner - Burger Bash III, Woodlands Auditorium.
  • December 4, 2016—ASO Christmas in the Village, Woodlands Auditorium
  • January 13, 2017 - An Evening in Monte Carlo, Coronado Center, Hot Springs Village
  • January 29, 2017—Student Showcase, Trinity Episcopal Church, Hot Springs Village
  • March 7, 2017 - Salute to Gershwin - Dinner and Concert featuring The Bob Boyd Sounds joined by Earl Hesse and Shirley Chauvin, Christ of the Hills Methodist Church, Hot Springs Village
  • March 26, 2017 - ASO Chamber Orchestra at Garvan Gardens, Hot Springs
  • April 29, 2017—Senior Prom 2017—Dinner and Dance featuring the Village Big Band, Coronado Center, Hot Springs Village
  • April 30, 2017—ASO Youth Orchestra in Concert, Woodlands Auditorium.                        









This issue:
·  Message from the President

Free Performances

·  Book Sales 
·  Volunteer Opportunity 
·  2016-2017 Season Entertainment
·  Upcoming Events
·  Our Sponsors
Membership Information

We welcome new members at any time during the year.  If you have an email address, you may join online on our website. If you would prefer to join through the mail, please click MemberApplication.pdf to get a membership /renewal form or contact Nancy Piersol at 501-226-5061.

Our membership directory is online.  You will find a searchable directory in the member area on our website.  You will also find a printable copy of the directory in the same location. 

Please visit our website to review and update your contact information, email preferences, and directory information.  If for privacy reasons, you do not want to be included in the directory at all, you may opt out when you edit your profile.  We will also update the printable copy of the directory accordingly.  For help with our website, please contact Suzanne Kuch at 915-8016 or by email at

Bus Service to Sunday ASO Masterworks Concerts

If you have tickets to the Sunday performances of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Masterworks concert series and don’t want to drive, we offer bus service from the Village. 

To sign up to ride the bus, please contact either
You can pay for each trip when you board the bus or you may purchase the entire series of trips (for a discount) in advance.   

Donation Information
In addition to special fund raising events like ArkansasGives, we accept donations on our website or through the US Mail.  We want to properly recognize each of our donors, so if you would like to donate through the US Mail, please complete our DonationForm.pdf and include it with your donation. 
If you choose to make an additional gift, we would like to recognize you in our printed programs.  To determine the recognition level, we accumulate donations received from Arkansas Gives Day in early April each year through the date of the program printing.                        

About our Sponsors 

Please help us thank our Corporate Sponsors listed below. When you have the opportunity, please mention to those who give so generously that you make a point of patronizing their businesses due to their support.  Some sponsors simply give for the love of fine music.  We need to let them know that they are also very much appreciated.

 Our Sponsors                

 Platinum Level


 Gold Level


 Crystal Level


 Silver Level

      Jeffery Fusilier, DDS

 Bronze Level

       Bank of the Ozarks
       Kwik Print
       Marriott Wealth Advisors
       Tomorrow's Therapy & Fitness
       Bennett Brothers Stone Company
       Denny's Paint and Body
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