Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Kelly Hicks

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Central Arkansas Library System are calling for written submissions from spoken word artists on “themes of joy, unity and hope” to be performed at the Robinson Performance Hall in February. Selected artists will perform their texts as part of the ASO’s Feb. 23-24 concerts, with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy” as the orchestral centerpiece.

“Engaging people with words, music, and creativity lies at the center of our broad library mission,” CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter said in a news release. “This collaborative performance with ASO musicians and library patrons speaking poetry will be an opportunity to express shared hopes and joys through two of our oldest and most emotionally evocative art forms.”

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Submissions should be no more than three minutes long; deadline to enter is Dec. 3. Artists may perform original work or works for which they have secured performance rights. Adults should email submissions to odetojoy@arkansassymphony.org. Artists 18 and younger should submit to teenpoetry@cals.org.