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Saturday evening, The Momentary and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will host "Virtually There: Sounds of a Moment with SoNA." The virtual concert will feature a 21-piece string symphony performing works from Tchaikovsky, Vivian Fung and more from the Fermentation Hall at The Momentary. We speak with Riley Nicholson, executive director of SoNA, about the concert and about what else the symphony is doing differently this year.

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas’ upcoming season promises to be their best yet, honoring Beethoven’s 250th birthday with “bucket list pieces” such as “Carmina Burana” and “Pictures at an Exhibition.”  Paul Hass, SoNA's music director, credits the orchestra’s success to its familial atmosphere.

“It’s so exciting to be a part of something like this that’s constantly growing,” Haas says. “It really is like a family—we all care about each other. This is something special; not every community has this.”

The Next SoNA Season

Jul 22, 2019
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The works included in the next season for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas include familair pieces. A new composition by Paul Haas, music director and conductor for SoNA, is also included in the season.

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The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) gets the rockstar treatment in their upcoming 4th of July concert at the Walmart AMP. With more than 5,000 people in attendance, it's definitely the biggest concert they perform each year. 

Composer Christopher Cerrone tackles virtuosity in "High Windows," which the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas performs alongside with Beethoven and Bach at this weekend's concert.

The spark began when he was particularly struck by the trill of the G minor caprice as performed by Thomas Zehetmair. 

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Pianist Andrew Tyson brings to life the poetic impulses of Chopin with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) this weekend on a piano he helped pick out in the showroom of the Steinway Factory.

"It was like being the kid in the candy store," describes Tyson of the buying trip with Maestro Paul Haas and Walton Arts Center CEO Peter Lane to pick the right piano.

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Symphony of Northwest Arkansas presents their annual Christmas concert this weekend. 

"A Very SoNA Christmas" features seasonal favorites with accompaniment from the University of Arkansas Schola Cantorum, the Bentonville High School Chamber Choir and vocalist Genine LaTrice Perez. 

Schola Cantorum director Steven Caldwell tells Katy Henriksen what to expect from this year's show and why the annual event is important for local choirs. 

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas embarks on its first ever opera presentation with a staging of Act I of Puccini's iconic La Bohème on Saturday, May 5th at the Walton Arts Center.

Executive Director Matthew Herren spoke about the enduring appeal of the story of starving artists- the "bohemians" of the title.

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas joins forces with the Fayetteville Jazz Collective to bring a night of iconic film music to the Walton Arts Center at 7pm on Saturday, March 10th.

Executive director Matthew Herren and Fayetteville Jazz Collective member Ben Harris joined Katy Henriksen at KUAF studios to talk about their passion for film scores and how their visual connections have tremendous power in the popular imagination.

Covering American folk songs to movie music, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) will perform at the 3rd Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at the Walmart AMP in Rogers. The concert will be a more intimate and casual audience interaction than their normal performances according to SoNA Executive Director, Matthew Herren.