Symphony of Northwest Arkansas’ 2022-23: expanded concert calendar, mix of new works and standard rep, recording, jazz “Battle of the Bands”

Posted on: August 2, 2022

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and Music Director Paul Haas in performance.

“There are four newsworthy headlines in the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas 2022-23 season announcement,” writes Becca Martin-Brown in Sunday’s (7/31) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock). “There will be six mainstage concerts instead of five. The additional concert will be a ‘Battle of the Bands’ with the Fayetteville Jazz Collective. SoNA will continue its efforts to bring ‘music that has been historically and unjustifiably ignored by the classical industry’ to audiences with the performance of ‘Chokfi’ (Rabbit) by Chickasaw Nation composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate. And the Fayetteville-based orchestra will release its first ‘full-length album with music that artfully blends virtual and “in real life” performances by SoNA musicians and special guest soloists and ensembles from around the world.’ … The new season begins on Oct. 29 with … Jessica Meyer’s ‘Go Big or Go Home’ paired with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring cellist Julian Schwarz and Modest Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition.’ … SoNA starts the New Year with … William Grant Still’s ‘Mother and Child,’ Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Henryk Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrows…. [A March program will feature music] by composers Ray Lustig, Trevor New and [Music Director Paul] Haas [plus the] Symphony No. 3 in F Major by Johannes Brahms.”