Symphony of Northwest Arkansas opens hybrid virtual/in-person 2020-21 season

Posted on: October 5, 2020

With concerts at the Walton Arts Center postponed during the pandemic, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas is planning a hybrid season of small-scale outdoor performances and virtual and livestreamed concerts. The orchestra’s season-opening, in-person concert on October 4 took place outdoors at Mount Sequoyah Center in Fayetteville, where violinists Miho Oda Sakon and Andrew Chu, violist Jesse Collett, and cellist Kari Caldwell performed music by Glass, Joplin, Tonbo, Piazzolla, and Rimsky-Korsakov. A performance at the same venue on October 16 will feature harpist Alisa Coffey. In addition to live concerts, the orchestra will release online “Solos from Home” featuring its musicians, beginning with Concertmaster Winona Fifield in early to mid-October. A virtual concert this fall, featuring a 20-piece string orchestra, will be broadcast online from a black-box theater in Bentonville. The orchestra will perform two full-orchestra virtual concerts. The first, in early November, will present a classical program paired with visuals; the second is planned for a Spring 2021 release, featuring composer Ray Lustig’s Latency Canons, which uses the latency inherent in digital communication platforms for musical effects. Both virtual concerts will be led by Music Director Paul Haas, with additional details to be announced.