Check out SoNA’s 2017-2018 season

We at Talk of the Town NWA adore the arts and were excited to get information this week from The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) announcing their 2017-2018 season.

You’ve got to check this out! So many great performances featuring a variety of styles. The 2017-18 season, performed under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Paul Haas, will begin on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, and continue through Saturday, May 5, 2018.

SoNA season subscriptions are on sale now, and single tickets go on sale Monday, July 17. All concerts will be performed in Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.

“This season is sure to be a special one – emotionally-charged and packed with variety,” Maestro Haas said in a press release from SoNA. “We’ll romp through famous movie music in a jazz-infused pops performance, and light up the stage with our Christmas spectacular and family Snowman concert – both Northwest Arkansas holiday traditions. From Tchaikovsky’s romantic 5th and Puccini’s beloved La Bohème, to a concert of a Mozart horn concerto and Mendelssohn’s jubilant Italian, this season will be an unforgettable celebration of the human experience!”

After checking out the lineup, we agree this is going to be a special season from SoNA.

SoNA’s 2017-18 Season At-A-Glance

Masterworks I: Tchaikovsky 5
Oct. 14, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center

– Haas, Dream

– Haydn, Concerto for Trumpet, with Christopher Coletti, soloist

– Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5

Concert Sponsor: Highlands Oncology Group

A Very SoNA Christmas
Dec. 16, 2017 – 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
A mix of sacred and secular holiday favorites featuring the SoNA Singers, area high school and collegiate choruses, and special guest soloists. With a special 2 p.m. matinee performance.
Concert Sponsor: Bob & Marilyn Bogle

SoNA & Walton Arts Center Present:
The Snowman: A Family Concert
Dec. 17, 2017 – 2 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
Your favorite holiday treat returns for a fourth year! Experience a very special screening of the award-winning film “The Snowman” as SoNA musicians bring to life the extraordinary score in an afternoon that is sure to enchant your little ones. Tickets only $9.
Concert Sponsor: Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation

Masterworks II: Mozart & Mendelssohn
Jan. 27, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
– Mark O’Connor, Appalachia Waltz
– Mozart, Horn Concerto No. 2, with Bruce Schultz, SoNA Principal Horn, soloist
– Satie (orch. Debussy), Gymnopédie No. 1
– Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4, Italian
Concert Sponsor: Slim Chickens

Pops: Fayetteville Jazz Collective
March 10, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
Your favorite music from the Hollywood big screen, featuring the Fayetteville Jazz Collective.
Concert Sponsor: Greenwood Gearhart Inc.

Masterworks III: La Bohème
May 5, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center
– Puccini, Act I of La Bohème, with special guest singers
– Strauss, Also sprach Zarathustra

SoNA Ticket and sponsor info

Single ticket prices are $30, $42, $52. Tickets for The Snowman: A Family Concert are only $9. Season subscription prices are $125, $185, $235 (includes all five Masterworks and Pops concerts; excludes The Snowman), representing a savings of $5 per ticket or $25 total per subscription. Tickets for children ages 12 and under are $10 each with the purchase of an adult ticket. College student tickets are $10 each with a valid student ID. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount.

To purchase tickets, call the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600 or visit

Special thanks to season partners Experience Fayetteville, CitiScapes Magazine, Celebrate Arkansas Magazine, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, KUAF 91.3 Public Radio, KBVA 106.5 and Simmons Foods. Support for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support provided by the Walton Family Foundation, the Walmart Foundation, and the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation.

By Jamie Smith | Owner, Jamie’s Notebook

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