Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Announces 2022-23 Series ‘SoNA Beyond’

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It’s almost time for another season of Symphony of Northwest Arkansas performances, and in addition to their concert hall shows, SoNA officials have announced plans to continue their series designed to take classical music to more unexpected places. .

The series, titled “SoNA Beyond,” will include performances at the Fayetteville Public Library, Highlands Oncology, Crystal Bridges, Murphy Park and other area locations.

The idea behind the series is “to include organizational partnerships, special pop-up appearances, innovative art experiences, educational events, and more.” in the area in places, hoping to bring the music to a wider audience in the area.

“It is imperative that we push beyond the traditional limits of what a symphony can do, with the ultimate goal of being a force for good in our community,” said D. Riley Nicholson, Executive Director of SoNA. “As the leader of the NWA Arts Sector, SoNA has a responsibility to break the mold and dismantle perceptions that an orchestra only exists to serve an elite.”

The SoNA Beyond series kicks off this month with Voces Latinas at the Fayetteville Public Library (FPL) at 2 p.m. on September 18. The show, hosted by SoNA musician Raul Munguia, takes listeners “on a musical journey from Mexico through the Andes, highlighting the richness and diversity of classical and traditional repertoire written by Latin American composers. features SoNA musicians Duo Capriccioso, South American artist and composer Amado Espinoza, and others.

A full list of SoNA Beyond performances scheduled for this season is below.

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This year’s main stage shows begin Oct. 29 at the Walton Arts Center. For more information on these, visit

“SoNA Beyond” Music Series 2022-23

More events and appearances will be announced as the season progresses. Descriptions below provided by SoNA.

  • An Ongoing Partnership with Highlands Oncology Group: On September 12, 28, October 10 and 25, and other dates to be determined, SoNA will provide a solo violinist for free performances at Highlands Oncology’s Springdale Clinic. SoNA aims to lift the spirits of patients and healthcare workers by offering free shows in the infusion room and lobby. Highlands Oncology has been a longtime corporate partner of SoNA, and now organizations are excited to collaborate more to provide a therapeutic and uplifting experience for cancer patients.
  • On October 1 at 3 p.m. in Murphy Park, SoNA Beyond and the Springdale Public Library celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a special performance by Duo Capriccioso and salsa band Son Sin Gnero. This event is free and open to the public.
  • On November 6 at 3 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library, SoNA Beyond and FPL co-present the classic symphonic children’s fairy tale, Peter & The Wolf / Pedro y el lobo, which introduces listeners to the colorful instruments of the orchestra with a story that highlights vigilance, bravery and ingenuity. It will be a bilingual performance of the classic children’s tale set to the timeless music of Sergei Prokofiev. This show offers young people the opportunity to experience this familiar tale and iconic music with English and Spanish narration. Free and open to the public.
  • On November 12, SoNA Beyond will make a special appearance at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art during the Interform Fashion event celebrating the museum’s “Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour” exhibit. SoNA’s special musical appearance will tie into the themes of Crystal Bridges’ fashion exhibition, exploring American fashion as a powerful emblem of global visual culture, amplified by film, television, red carpets and social media.
  • On November 20, SoNA Beyond presents Latin Traces at 214 CACHE in Springdale. Organized by Fernando Valencia, this concert will explore the cultural elements that shape the “Latin American sound”. The program celebrates Latin music and its distinctive “Latin sound” as a positive and unifying element amidst the clash of cultures during colonization. This concert will feature a world premiere by Carolina Noguera and is supported by the CACHE Creative Exchange Fund. This event is free and open to the public, with donations encouraged.
  • On January 14, 2023, SoNA Beyond will make a special appearance at the Martin Luther King Council of Northwest Arkansas banquet, performing music from Florence Price’s String Quartet. Times and tickets for this TBA event.
  • On March 15, 2023, at 4 p.m., SoNA Beyond is collaborating with the Ra-Ve Cultural Foundation at the Fayetteville Public Library. SoNA, Ra-Ve, and FPL co-present an interactive, educational youth-centered experience – part book reading, part performance, and part demonstration. Featuring a classic Indian story alongside a presentation between symphonic musicians and Ra-Ve crossing the boundaries between Western and Indian musical styles, this event is free and open to the public.
  • On May 7, 2023, at 2 p.m., SoNA Beyond: Transcending Words will feature the SoNA Singers in celebration of Poetry Month at the Fayetteville Public Library. SoNA Singers, a choir of 60 beautiful voices, will sing powerful poems, and spoken word artists will share poems inspired by the music and poetry of the event. Through this program, we celebrate the transcendent ability of the written word, as well as the ability of music to transcend words by providing color, context and emotion. This event is free and open to the public.
  • On June 30, 2023, SoNA continues its partnership with Crystal Bridges to co-present a concert in the Great Hall of the museum. Inspired by the temporary visual art exhibit titled Diego Rivera’s America, SoNA will collaborate with Crystal Bridges curators to explore the themes of the visual exhibit to create a musical program that brings the artwork to life and deepens the cultural links between art forms, identities and geographies. SoNA’s appearance at Crystal Bridges is backed by Greenwood Gearhart Investments. Ticketing details and event time TBA.
  • SoNA Beyond will also present its annual Cooper Chapel concert in the summer of 2023, sponsored by the North Arkansas Symphony Guild and made possible by a donation from the late Elin J. Stene. This event will be free and open to the public; date and time of the TBA event.


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