Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Masterworks III
Bach and Beethoven
SoNA's Masterworks III concert will be on Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 P.M., at Walton Arts Center. It is an interesting program with a modern piece echoing the old masters. The concert, under the baton of Music Director, Paul Haas, features two chamber works and a full-blown symphony. First will be High Windows, by composer Christopher Cerrone.Next, is Bach's Concerto for Two Violins. Finally, the concert concludes with Beethoven's Symphony #2.

What's a concert these days without a piece of contemporary music to get things started? Christopher Cerrone's High Windows is truly believable. It's like Vivaldi meets the 21st century. The piece is very subtle so pay attention. The piece hovers around one cord but modulates when you least expect it. Layering and modulation are the keys to this one. It's heavy on the violin, like Vivaldi. Have a listen.
Next is quintessential Baroque, courtesy of Johann Sebastian Bach. It's the Concerto for Two Violins. Where the Cerrone piece was reminiscent of the violinist, Antonio Vivaldi and his ilk. He was a musical lyricist; Bach was a technician. Despite the difference in approach, the similarities of period are obvious.

This piece is typical Back genius. After 18 minutes of concerto, the two violinists must be best friends! Give it a listen.


If there were only one master, it would be Beethoven. He virtually invented musical Romanticism. Although, he was trained by Classical composers, like Joseph Haydn. I had lunch, back in 2011, with then-Executive Director, Karen Kapella and Music Director, Paul Haas, This was just before Paul's first season. I made a case for Beethoven's Symphonies 1 & 2. They are extremely accessible. The are Beethoven's Classical Symphonies but you can detect the budding Romanticism to come. Listen and you'll agree.
Tickets are available by calling 479-443-5600, at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, or by visiting www Sona Music.org.
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