SoNA officials announce 2012-13 season

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Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) organizers this week announced the lineup for the group’s 2012-13 season.

Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu is set to perform in Fayetteville during SoNA’s Masterworks II concert in January 2013.

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Under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Paul Haas, SoNA will kick off the new season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville with its Masterworks I performance including Wagner’s Tannh?user Overture, Barber’s Violin Concerto Op. 14, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

Subscriptions to the five-concert season are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 25.

“We have something for every musical taste this season,” said Haas. “From Verdi’s colossal and operatic Requiem and symphonic masterworks by Brahms and Prokofiev, to movie classics by John Williams and a spectacular Christmas Concert, we’ve got it all!”

“But it’s more than just breadth of repertoire,” Haas added. “It’s the greatest music ever written, performed by a local orchestra that ‘plays as well as or even better’ than those in bigger metropolitan areas, according to SoNA’s fans. Every concert will take your breath away. That’s our goal, and our audiences tell us we’re succeeding.”

Sharing the stage with SoNA musicians for both the Christmas Concert and Verdi’s Requiem will be the SoNA Chorale, anchored by the SoNA Singers and including choirs from throughout the region.

SoNA 2012-13 season

Masterworks I* – Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 – 3 p.m.
– Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture
– Barber’s Violin Concerto, Op. 14
  Winona Fifield, Violin
– Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Christmas ConcertSaturday, Dec. 15, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.
– Featuring the SoNA Singers and regional choirs, and including a variety of Christmas and holiday favorites

Masterworks II* – Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
– Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23
  Ching-Yun Hu, Piano
– Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major

Masterworks III* – Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
– Verdi’s Messa da requiem
  Featuring the SoNA Singers and regional choirs

A John Williams TributeSaturday, May 18, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
– Selections from Star Wars, ET, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, among others

*Creative conversations with director Paul Haas will be held prior to each of the Masterworks concerts at 6:30 p.m. in the Walton Arts Center’s Starr Theater.

To purchase single tickets ($28-$48), call the Walton Arts Center box office at 479-443-5600 or visit Season subscriptions ($115-$215) include all five concerts and a savings of $5 per ticket, per concert. Children’s tickets available for $5 each with the purchase of an adult ticket; college student tickets available for $10 each with a valid student ID; groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount.