SoNA Series Presents International Music – The Free Weekly



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“Music is a very personal and individual experience,” says bassoonist Lia Uribe, associate professor of music at the University of Arkansas. “And at the same time, we use it to connect through our common experiences, those of human beings.”

Uribe grew up in Colombia, in “a very musical family where everyday life had its own soundtrack. Music – singing and dancing – has always been a feature of all celebrations of life during my formative years, [and] singing together on the guitar was a common activity when I was a teenager.

Things changed for Uribe, however, when she discovered classical music and the bassoon at the age of 13. children my age. It was also an act of teenage rebellion.

“I encountered a lot of opposition from my parents when I told them that I had given up my intentions of being an engineer to become a professional bassoonist,” she recalls. “I worked really hard to pursue my dreams, and ultimately, to get their approval.”

The bassoon brought Uribe to Fayetteville in 1999 to work on his first graduate degree, a Masters of Music at the University of Arkansas.

“I left Arkansas and lived in Indiana for a while, then in Missouri, got a doctorate from the University of Kansas and came back in 2013 when a position leading to the permanence opened at the University of Arkansas, ”she explains. “I have been playing with SoNA as a solo bassoon since 2011.”

Usually it means playing traditional classical music. But SoNA Beyond, a new series launched on October 2 at the Fayetteville Public Library, gave Uribe a rare opportunity to take “an important step towards rebalancing the world of ‘classical’ music locally.”

Conceived by Paul Haas, Music Director of SoNA, and Riley Nicholson, Executive Director of SoNA, the series was born out of the success of the orchestra’s enhanced and virtual programming during the 2020 pandemic. The goal, according to Nicholson, is to present the vast spectrum of possibilities for classical music and reach the public and the community at large in new and innovative ways.

“The symphony concerts on our main stage will always be at the heart of what we do,” says Nicholson. “However, there are so many possibilities beyond that, and we want to push the boundaries of what classical music can do. We want to demonstrate that classical music can be presented in unexpected ways, can present a wide range of voice and can reach audiences that might be excluded from typical symphony concerts.

In the opening of the series, Uribe and his colleagues Fernando Valencia, Raul Munguia, Cristian Martinez, all Hispanic musicians from SoNA, organized content highlighting music for clarinet, bassoon, piano, string quartet and percussion. , written by composers from Puerto Rico, Mexico and Colombia. , Venezuela, Argentina and other Latin American countries.

“The pieces we have chosen represent different realities, landscapes, traditions, ideas,” explains Uribe, adding that “the Latinxs are not a monolithic culture: we are a compendium of many countries, of ways of seeing life, of different belief systems, various influences. .

“We hope that the diversity of our artists and our program reflects the diversity of our own Hispanic community in Northwest Arkansas,” she says, “and that our choices invite our audiences to feel elated, to to feel seen and celebrated. “

“It’s like we’ve opened a door to incredible new possibilities, and the sheer scale of our success last season made us venture even further into this new area,” said Haas. “Frankly, it feels good, and it feels good!

“It was an opportunity to have an agency and to make decisions on our common vision of our own Latin voices in their context,” said bassoonist Lia Uribe of the curator of Voces Latinas with her colleagues from the SoNA Fernando Valencia, Raul Munguia and Cristian Martinez. (Courtesy photo / Jared Mark Fincher)



Beyond SoNA:

Latin Voices

WHEN – 6 p.m. October 2

O – Fayetteville Public Library Events Center

No cost


FYI – A free outdoor event will precede the concert at 4:30 p.m. in the library’s Gathering Glade. Register at


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SoNA beyond

A performance by world-renowned tabla artist Sandeep Das is also scheduled as part of the SoNA Beyond series in February 2022, and in April 2022, to celebrate National Poetry Month, the SoNA Singers will present a concert featuring light the ability of music to transform page words to sound.


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