Aldo´s commissioned work ” Oceans to Cross” to have its world premier in Arkansas next January 20th

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) Season Unveils Exciting Premieres and Timeless Classics

Prepare to be enchanted as the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) embarks on an extraordinary musical journey with its 2023-24 MainStage Season. Showcasing a blend of premieres and timeless classics, this season promises to captivate audiences and elevate the cultural landscape of the region.

Kicking off the season on September 23rd at 7:30 p.m., the orchestra will be under the masterful baton of Music Director Paul Haas. The evening’s program opens with the spirited rhythm of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.” The rich tapestry of melodies will take the audience on a compelling exploration of the human experience, showcasing the orchestra’s exceptional range and versatility.

Continuing the journey, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 will envelop listeners in lush harmonies and soaring melodies. Haas’s interpretation will breathe new life into this Romantic masterpiece, offering a profound connection between the music and the hearts of the audience.

However, the highlights of the season do not stop there. An event of unprecedented significance awaits on January 20th, 7:30 p.m., at Baum Walker Hall in Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center. Pianist Lara Downes, a luminary in the world of classical music, will take center stage as the soloist for SoNA’s first-ever commissioned piano concerto.

Aldo López-Gavilán’s “Oceans to Cross” is a musical tapestry specially woven for Downes, and it will receive its world premiere during this breathtaking performance. This momentous occasion marks the convergence of artistic brilliance, as the synergy between composer and soloist unfolds through intricate melodies and masterful piano techniques.

The evening’s program gains further depth with Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1, a monumental work that showcases Barber’s prowess as a symphonist. The symphony’s emotional depth and melodic richness will resonate deeply with the audience, solidifying its place as an integral part of this remarkable performance.

Additionally, the “Negro Folk Symphony” by William Dawson adds a distinctive layer to the concert’s narrative. This symphony masterfully weaves together elements of African American musical heritage, creating a soundscape that celebrates cultural diversity and unity.

Under the guiding hand of Paul Haas, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas continues to push the boundaries of artistic expression while honoring the traditions that have shaped the world of classical music. The 2023-24 MainStage Season promises to be a transformative experience, inviting audiences to immerse themselves in the power of music’s language and connect with the emotions it evokes.

As the orchestra prepares to enthrall music enthusiasts and newcomers alike, make sure to secure your tickets early and be part of these unforgettable musical moments. The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas is poised to redefine the cultural landscape of the region and inspire generations to come.


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