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Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Presents Valentines Pops Concert on Saturday, February 15th

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (Jan. 24, 2014) --- Music lovers will be swept away by an evening of romance when the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) presents its Valentines Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall in Fayetteville.

This Valentine-inspired evening of classical and operatic music -- with a dash of musical theater thrown in for spice -- is becoming the most talked about “date night” event this season. So, bring your friend or sweetheart and get ready to feel the love!

The evening’s repertoire features a collection of works by Puccini, Mozart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more -- all centered on the theme of love and its pursuit. A quartet of world-class vocal soloists will join Northwest Arkansas' finest instrumentalists onstage for a journey through some of the most masterful music ever written.

Performed under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Paul Haas, the Valentines Pops concert is the third performance of SoNA’s 2013-14 Season, and is sure to strike a romantic cord with all who attend.

“This concert has so many different kinds of music,” Haas explains. “It’s glorious, and it’s all about love -- in one form or another -- including incredible examples of storytelling in orchestral, operatic and musical theater genres.”

“We’re delighted that we’ve become a great date-night option for couples in Northwest Arkansas,” Haas adds. “This concert is the ultimate date-night experience for the most romantic holiday of the year!”

Guest vocal soloists include soprano Tami Petty, who made her Lincoln Center debut singing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Voices of Ascension at Alice Tully Hall in 2010; mezzo-soprano Sara Murphy, who debuted at the Ravinia Festival in 2013, earning critical acclaim for Britten's Phaedra and Barber's Dover Beach; and Timothy Jones, acclaimed throughout Europe and the Americas as a leading bass-baritone of his generation.

Rounding out the quartet is a familiar voice: Enrique Pina, the robust, lyric tenor who has been exciting audiences in Italy and Latin America with his burnished timbre, secure tone and exquisite phrasing. Pina appeared in SoNA’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem last season.

To purchase single tickets ($28, $38, $48), please call the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600 or visit www.sonamusic.org for online ticketing options. Tickets for children age 7-17 are available for $5 each with the purchase of an adult ticket, and college student tickets are available for $10 each with a valid student ID. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. The Valentines Pops concert is sponsored through the generous support of Village on the Creeks and Devereux Management.

For more information, including the full season concert lineup, visit www.sonamusic.org.

About SoNA

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) is the new name for the North Arkansas Symphony (NASO), which was founded in 1954 and has provided almost 60 years of musical performances and educational opportunities. A not-for-profit organization, SoNA is currently presenting its third season under the musical direction of Paul Haas. SoNA presents classical and pops performances for symphonic music lovers in Northwest Arkansas. SoNA is a mobile organization with the ability to perform anywhere, and is a resident company of the Walton Arts Center. Mission: “SoNA brings great music to life in Northwest Arkansas!” For more information about SoNA, visit www.sonamusic.org.

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