SoNA to perform ‘Masterworks III’ Saturday

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will perform their second-to-last show of the season this weekend.

The symphony, led by Music Director Paul Haas, will perform Masterworks III: Surf & Turf at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at Walton Arts Center.

The concert will feature works linking land and sea, including Smetana’s Moldau, Debussy’s La mer and Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

“This concert was inspired by the idea of going out to sea and then returning home,” Haas said. “We begin with Smetana’s blockbuster river adventure Moldau, which a surprising number of people have told me is their favorite piece of all time. Then, we settle in for an intense ride with Debussy’s La mer, which depicts the sea in its many forms and moods. Finally, Respighi’s glorious Pines of Rome is a tour of the ancient city, with a panoply of exotic colors and emotions.

“The final movement is one of my favorites to hear as an audience member,” he said. “At a crucial point, the sound literally envelops the listener with multiple instrumentalists playing from stations out in the hall. You won’t want to miss this memorable experience!”

Ticket prices for Masterworks III are $28-$50. Ticket holders are also invited to attend a pre-show Creative Conversation with Maestro Haas in Baum Walker Hall one hour prior to the concert.

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