Beyond hitting the “un-pause” button: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas’ 2021-22 season

Posted on: August 5, 2021

“The year of the pandemic might have been a blessing in disguise for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, says Music Director Paul Haas,” writes Becca Martin-Brown in Sunday’s (8/1) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock). “ ‘We had to reinvent who we were—to expand our skill sets, our capabilities and our offerings,’ he says…. ‘After a successful “Reimagined Season,” we’re returning full force to the mainstage—but our return is more impactful than simply hitting the “un-pause” button,’ adds D. Riley Nicholson, the symphony’s executive director…. The 2021-22 season will kick off Nov. 5 in Baum Walker Hall at the Walton Arts Center [with Romero’s Fuga con pajarillo, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3]. Haas acknowledges the world changed during covid-19, not just because of the virus…. ‘There’ve been forces at play in our national consciousness that you’ll notice reflected in our programming. As an example, I’ve been incredibly moved by the sheer depth and breadth of the music by women, BIPOC, and other marginalized composers that’s been coming to light.’ ” Composers featured during the season include Grazyna Bacewicz, Gustav Mahler, Arturo Márquez, Heather Schmidt, Robert Schumann, Jean Sibelius, and Dinuk Wijeratne.