SoNA to perform ‘Battle of The Bands’ show with Fayetteville Jazz Collective

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What do you get when talented local classical musicians battle some equally talented local jazz musicians to the death (metaphorically) in a battle-of-the-bands-cage-match for the ages?

We’re not sure, but we’re about to find out when local symphony orchestra SoNA and Fayetteville Jazz Collective will host their annual “Battle of the Bands” performance on Saturday, April 8 at Walton Arts Center.

From the description of the event:

Under the baton of Music Director Paul Haas, SoNA teams up with the Fayetteville Jazz Collective for Battle of the Bands at 7:30 p.m. on April 8, going head-to-head with the venerable jazz group to create a hybrid orchestra + jazz band that is greater than the sum of its parts. They’ll alternate between pieces played by the jazz band, pieces played by the orchestra, and then pieces played together, for an evening of genre-defying music that’s sure to be enjoyed by a wide variety of music lovers. Also featuring guest vocalist Genine LaTrice Perez.

The two groups of all-star musicians have met on the (musical) battlefield before.

“The Fayetteville Jazz Collective is a frequent and favorite collaborator with SoNA – we have worked with them twice before – both times were a hit and an audience favorite,” said SoNA Executive Director D. Riley Nicholson. “We often have the privilege of working with guest artists from around the world, but it’s particularly special when we get to celebrate local talent right here in Northwest Arkansas.”

“And, while we use the term ‘Battle of the Bands,’ it’s less a battle and more of a fusion of incredible local musicians and a musical exploration beyond the boundaries of ‘jazz’ and ‘classical’ music.”

Ok. So maybe it’s not a cage match to the death. But still fun.

Tickets to the show range from $36-$60, and discounts are available for students with I.D. Kids under 18 get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

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