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ASO is ‘heavenly’ with Mahler and a harp.

AT ASO: Chardonnet, doing Mahler.
  • AT ASO: Chardonnet, doing Mahler.

Elisabeth Chardonnet, the principal harpist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will get to stand out when the orchestra performs another Masterworks Series concert Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12, at Robinson Center Music Hall.

The ASO has dubbed the show “Mahler’s Heavenly Fourth.” Mezzo-soprano Lynnette Ellen Chambers of Abilene, Texas, will also join in on Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4.”

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center.

Also on the program are works by Schumann (“Manfred Overture”), Debussy (“Danses: Sacree et Profane”) and Ravel (“Introduction and Allegro”), the latter two featuring Chardonnet. Mahler’s sublime “Fourth” is told by the soprano soloist, describing a child’s view of heaven.

Chardonnet, the co-founder with double-bassist John Dahlstrand of Millenia Music, a performance duo and music publishing company, was born in France in 1973. She started playing the harp at age 9 at the National School of Music of Le Mans, where she was awarded a gold medal in 1990. She studied in Paris and at the Moscow Conservatory. She came to the United States in 1995 to study with Susann McDonald at the Indiana University School of Music, and also studied with Nancy Allen at the Aspen Music Festival in 1997. Her first solo CD, “Angelus,” was released in 2000.

She lives in Little Rock and works as a freelance musician and recitalist and teaches privately and at the University of Central Arkansas.

Tickets for the concerts range from $16 to $50. Call 661-1761 or visit www.arkansassymphony.org.

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