ARTS & CULTURE
Text and photos courtesy of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Haunted Harmonies: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas presents its first-ever Halloween concert
Performing under the baton of guest conductor Lawrence Loh, and right on the heels of a bold season kickoff last month, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas continues its 2023-24 mainstage season at Walton Arts Center on Oct. 28 with Haunted Harmonies: A Halloween Concert.
Prepare your best, no, spookiest attire for this chillingly fun Halloween concert experience. Symphony musicians will play iconic Halloween-ish tunes — think music from popular movies like Jaws, Bride of Frankenstein, Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Witches of Eastwick and more. They’ll evoke jarring but incredible sounds and jolt everyone into a celebration of the season. Costumes are encouraged (but certainly not required), so come dressed for a haunting but family-friendly evening of music.
Guest conductor Loh has extensively collaborated with orchestras across the United States and Canada — and has a particular talent for and love of accessible programming that allows a wide range of audiences to engage with symphonic music.
“I’m so excited to be conducting SoNA on this Haunted Harmonies concert,” Loh said. “SoNA Music Director Paul Haas and I were both at the Aspen Music Festival together as young conducting students back in the day, and I have heard so much from him about the exciting work that’s happening with SoNA. I can’t wait to bring this fantastical concert to life with the amazing musicians of the orchestra. I hope the audience comes in costume, too.”
Single ticket prices for SoNA’s mainstage performances range from $36 to $61 based on seating preferences. SoNA has also introduced a new sampler subscription offering patrons the chance to save money while also securing the best possible seats at three or more of the season’s remaining concerts. Discount student tickets are also available with a student photo ID, and children under 18 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket (limited quantities).
To purchase tickets, visit www.sonamusic.org, or call the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600.