SoNA singers, Open Mouth Literary Center collaborate on new show

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Peanut butter and jelly. Peas and carrots. Poetry and music. Sometimes, a combination just makes sense.

Next month, singers from Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will team up with poets from the Open Mouth Literary Center for a performance bringing together poetry and music called SoNA Beyond: Transcending Words at 6:30 p.m. on April 2 at Fayetteville Public Library Event Center.

The show will feature the SoNA singing nine poems, and three local poets – Robin Bruce, Gerry Loan, and Noelia Cerna from Open Mount Reading Series, reading new commissioned poems inspired by the music selected for the event.

“The music I chose represents a wide variety of poetry, including themes of love, war, loss, reflection, and silliness,” says Terry Hicks, SoNA Singers Director. “We hope to represent the breadth of human emotion through our musical performances of poignant poetry.”

The new show is part of the SoNA Beyond series, the symphony’s program intended to examine the possibilities for classical music to reach new audiences in new and innovative ways.

The performance on April 2 is free to attend, and no tickets are required.

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