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Together with Kinky Boots, Walton Arts Center is announcing an opportunity to give local families a step up. Patrons are encouraged to bring new or gently-used boots, tennis shoes, and sturdy shoes for men, women and children when they come to see Kinky Boots at Walton Arts Center, January 19-24. These donations go directly to the local non-profit organization Peace at Home Family Shelter.

NPR lovers rejoice! Ira Glass, host of “This American Life” is coming to Walton Arts Center on Sat., Jan. 16 at 8 pm as part of the 2015-16 Coca-Cola Night Out Series. The evening - “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass” - features stories on-stage, combining narration with pre-taped quotes and music to recreate the sound of the show as you watch and listen along.

Walton Arts Center proudly presents the 7th Annual Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts and Nature Festival, May 10-27, 2016. Featuring both free and ticketed performances, events and activities at locations across Northwest Arkansas, Artosphere celebrates artists influenced by nature and provides a creative framework to discuss issues of sustainability. Tickets are on sale now!

This year, Artosphere comprises even more events for children and families with opportunities to learn about nature through innovative arts experiences.

Each summer the Walton Arts Center injects Fayetteville and the Northwest Arkansas region with a jolt of culture - symphonies, installations, ballet and much more during the annual Artosphere Festival. The event, which is in its sixth year, focuses on Arkansas’ arts and nature and runs from June 16 to June 27. The much anticipated festival is a cornerstone of the Walton Arts Center’s yearly programs.

“At its heart, Artosphere represents what makes Northwest Arkansas so special”, says Jenni Swain, VP of Programming at Walton Arts Center. “This festival gives the community the opportunity to interact for two full weeks with over 150+ artists visiting our region and sharing their art form with us.  This challenges us to see our community through a different lens and invites meaningful dialogue about nature through innovative arts experiences.”

Fayetteville City Council voted to approve a special election for refunding bonds to pay for improvements to the Walton Arts Center and to a new regional park in south Fayetteville.

The election, which is set for Nov. 12, concerns HMR bonds, which are paid for by the hotel, motel and restaurant tax.

In May, the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission passed a resolution requesting the city council to call a special election to consider extension of the current HMR bonds.  The payment of the bonds would be extended for 25 years at the same total principal and interest currently annually paid. 

This is not a new tax, and it would not cost the taxpayer any more money.

Voters will decide three ballot questions.

1)       To approve  $1,500,000 to refund the current outstanding bonds for the Fayetteville Town Center

2)      To approve $6,900,000 in new bonds to fund a portion of the expansion to the Walton Arts Center

3)      To approve $3,500,000 of new bonds to fund improvements to the Regional Park, specifically baseball/softball fields, soccer fields and related facilities.
Fayetteville City Council voted to approve a special election for refunding bonds to pay for improvements to the Walton Arts Center and to a new regional park in south Fayetteville.

The election, which is set for Nov. 12, concerns HMR bonds, which are paid for by the hotel, motel and restaurant tax.

In May, the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission passed a resolution requesting the city council to call a special election to consider extension of the current HMR bonds.  The payment of the bonds would be extended for 25 years at the same total principal and interest currently annually paid. 

This is not a new tax, and it would not cost the taxpayer any more money.

Voters will decide three ballot questions.

1)       To approve  $1,500,000 to refund the current outstanding bonds for the Fayetteville Town Center

2)      To approve $6,900,000 in new bonds to fund a portion of the expansion to the Walton Arts Center

3)      To approve $3,500,000 of new bonds to fund improvements to the Regional Park, specifically baseball/softball fields, soccer fields and related facilities.
Music lovers, rejoice! The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Season with an extraordinary lineup of performances that will take audiences through orchestral music past and present, spotlight new soloist talent and debut exciting new SoNA partnerships throughout the region.

The six-concert mainstage season performed under the baton of acclaimed SoNA Music Director Paul Haas will begin on Saturday, November 7 at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville and continue through Saturday, April 30, 2016. Single tickets are now are sale.  

The upcoming season will feature classical and pops favorites, including the always-innovative Masterworks series, Valentines Pops, A Very SoNA Christmas, and the return of the special performance for children and families, The Snowman: A Family Concert – all performed by the region’s finest professional musicians. Concerts take place at Walton Arts Center's Baum Walker Hall (495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville).

“We’ll bring you more of the most beautiful and exciting music ever written, performed with extraordinary skill and artistry by Northwest Arkansas’ very own professional orchestra with special guest soloists,” Maestro Haas says. “Every concert will have you on the edge of your seat!”

SoNA will feature two of its own principal players as soloists – Kari Caldwell, principal cello, and Virginia Broffitt-Kunzer, principal flute. The celebrated SoNA Singers will also return, along with guest vocalists from the John Brown University Cathedral Choir.

SoNA Executive Director Matthew Herren says that audiences can look forward to an enhanced performance of The Snowman this season thanks to a newly expanded collaboration with Walton Arts Center, whose partnership also made SoNA’s inaugural Fourth of July concert at the Walmart AMP this past summer such a huge success.

“This is our 61st year, and we’re proud of the longevity we have in Northwest Arkansas,” Herren says. “Now more than ever you’ll see us continue to expand and grow. This season holds a few surprise collaborations, too. Look for SoNA around the region in new places, thanks to our great arts partnerships.”

SoNA is also proud to announce Haas’ recent contract renewal for another three years as the organization’s music director. "We couldn't be more pleased to announce Paul's three-year recommitment to SoNA,” saysSoNA Board Chair Mary Benjamin. “All of us on the board look forward to a continued period of artistic and organizational growth under his and Executive Director Matthew Herren's leadership.”

To purchase single tickets ($28, $39, $50) or discounted season subscriptions, call the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600 or visit sonamusic.org. Tickets for children ages 7-17 are $5 each with the purchase of an adult ticket, and college student tickets are $10 each with a valid student ID. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount. All tickets for The Snowman: A Family Concert are $8.


For more information, visit www.sonamusic.org.


SoNA 2015-16 SEASON AT-A-GLANCE


Masterworks I:

Looking Back, Looking Forward

November 7, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Walton Arts Center

Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Fauré, Elegie for Cello and Orchestra – Kari Caldwell, SoNA Principal Cello

Dvorak, Symphony No. 9, From the New World



A Very SoNA Christmas

December 5, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Walton Arts Center

A collection of favorite sacred and secular music celebrating the magic and beauty of Christmas. Featuring the SoNA Singers and special guest soloists.


SoNA and Walton Arts Center present

The Snowman: A Family Concert

December 6, 2015 – 2 p.m.  |  Walton Arts Center

Your favorite holiday treat returns to Walton Arts Center for a second year! Experience a very special screening of the award-winning film “The Snowman” as SoNA musicians bring to life the extraordinary score in an afternoon that is sure to enchant your little ones. Tickets to this performance are $8.

 

Valentines Pops: The American Songbook

February 6, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Walton Arts Center

America’s beloved popular musical output from the first half of the last century, with a generous helping of songs about love. Featuring jazz vocalist Genine LaTrice Perez.   



Masterworks II:

Strings in the Spotlight

March 19, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Walton Arts Center

Elgar, Serenade for Strings

Ibert, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra – Virginia Broffitt-Kunzer, SoNA Principal Flute

Haydn, Symphony No. 104, London


Masterworks III:

Glory and Grandeur

April 30, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Walton Arts Center

Poulenc, Gloria – featuring Tami Petty, soprano, the SoNA Singers and

the John Brown University Cathedral Choir

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4


For more information about SoNA, visit:  www.sonamusic.org.



Music lovers, rejoice! The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Season with an extraordinary lineup of performances that will take audiences through orchestral music past and present, spotlight new soloist talent and debut exciting new SoNA partnerships throughout the region.

The six-concert mainstage season performed under the baton of acclaimed SoNA Music Director Paul Haas will begin on Saturday, November 7 at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville and continue through Saturday, April 30, 2016. Single tickets are now are sale.  

The upcoming season will feature classical and pops favorites, including the always-innovative Masterworks series, Valentines Pops, A Very SoNA Christmas, and the return of the special performance for children and families, The Snowman: A Family Concert – all performed by the region’s finest professional musicians. Concerts take place at Walton Arts Center's Baum Walker Hall (495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville).

The 16th annual Art of Wine Festival, Arkansas’ premier wine and food festival, is almost here! This festival is produced and presented by Walton Arts Center and will take place June 9-11. Tickets and reservations for the events can be purchased online at Art of Wine Festival or by calling The Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479.443.5600. Click read more to see the full list of events!

The Walton Arts Center is currently undergoing major renovations to enhance experiences for performers and audiences alike. Expansions in the lobby and Starr theater along with new walls of glass windows will give the building a modern upgrade allowing the arts center to draw larger audiences to the area mingling its beautiful space with the arts/entertainment district of Dickson St.

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