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Breast Cancer Awareness Month at WAC!

 It's officially October, which means it's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 


According to, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be:

 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer  

40,290 breast cancer deaths

Close to 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. However, there is still a 98% survival rate in early detection. This is why it is something all women should be informed about and cautious of.

One of the largest, most widely-known non-profit organizations in support of ending breast cancer is Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Founded in 1982, the organization has invested more than $2.6 billion total into breast cancer reasearch and awareness. 

Walton Arts Center and Susan G. Komen have partnered together with a production titled Menopause The Musical: The Survivor Tour. The show - whose cast is made up of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors - is set in a department store around four women who bond over “the change” they are all going through and discover that laughter is the best medicine. Not only does this one-of-a-kind show give survivors a chance to be open about their experiences, but it also benefits the cause by donating a portion of every ticket sale to end breast cancer! $2 from every ticket purchase will be donated directly to Komen Ozark and can be purchased here!

Just look at how happy those pink, smiling faces are (notice anyone familiar?)!

Menopause The Musical: The Survivor Tour comes to Walton Arts Center as part of our LOL@WAC Series on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 4pm.

Check out this clip of the Menopause cast for a sneek peak of what's

to come with this hilarious and inspiring production:



A Glimpse into Our Future!

 A view of the new Tyson entrance and plaza.

The expansion and renovation of Walton Arts Center is well underway. In June 2015, we celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony kicking off construction on the main facility, and in November, we will re-open with what we are calling our “Hard Hat Season.” Things might feel a little cramped before construction is completed in November 2016, but we hope you will check out the virtual tour to take a sneak peek at all the exciting renovations underway. 

 Once completed, the expanded Starr Theater will include a window that will look out onto West Street and the new Underwood Garden.

The virtual tour reveals what you can expect once construction is complete! As our audiences have grown, the constraints of the current facility have become clear. The expansion and renovation of the facility will add nearly 30,000 square feet to enhance your experiences and address the aged facility’s needs. 

Construction has begun on the new atrium and will continue during the Hard Hat Season.

The expansion will:

  • Enhance your experience with a new atrium that connects to Dickson Street.
  • Expand and renovate Starr Theater.
  • Add much needed backstage space to ensure that two fully-functional theaters operate in Walton Arts Center’s main facility.
  • Make technical upgrades that keep Walton Arts Center current with the demands of artists and tours.
  • Increase accessibility and amenities to ensure a friendly destination for all.
  • Add new administrative offices for Walton Arts Center staff.

 A view inside Baum Walker Hall from the Balcony, showing the balcony expansion that will be complete by November 2015, just in time for "Pippin," the musical!

Be sure to check out the virtual tour and learn more about the exciting things happening at Walton Arts Center. Together, we’re building a better place to live and reinvigorating our arts community. Learn how you can play a part by going to



Create Your Own Subscriptions Available Now!

Now that the 2015-16 season has been announced, the next step is to curate a season ticket package that fits your own taste, schedule and budget. The best way to do so is with a Create Your Own Subscription!


When you Create Your Ownyou get: 

  • 1. early access to season before single tickets go on sale
  • 2. early access to new shows added throughout the year
  • 3. one free ticket exchange, if your plans change (regularly $5)
  • 4. discounts on many shows, including broadway!


The more you buy, the more you save!

  • 3 show package 
  • ($2 off each ticket)

  • 5 show package 
  • ($3 off each ticket)

  • 7 show package 
  • ($5 off each ticket)




With this year's season being filled with a wide variety of shows, such as Pippin and Mamma Mia! in the Broadway series, as well as family-fun shows like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the Holiday series , there are plenty of options when creating a season package!

Click here for a full list of the 2015-16 season shows.

 To purchase your own CYO Subscription now,

order online or call 479.443.5600!


Wrapping up Artosphere with a GRAND performance


 Special thanks to the generosity of Sara Sharp and the NWA Community Concerts Association, we now own a brand NEW Steinway Grand Piano. 

The gestation period for a Steinway Grand Piano is nearly a year. Nothing is hurried. Even the carefully selected woods that make up the rims, top, soundboards and actions cure for months in Steinway's manufactoring yard, kilns and conditioning rooms before they stabilize at a rigidly specified moisture content. The rim of the instruments consists of layers of hard rock maple and with a bell-quality, full cast-iron plate, withstands the enormous amount of tension exerted by the strings. The finest acoustic-quality spruce is fashioned into the delicate curve of the Diaphragmatic® soundboard, which tapers gently from the center to the edge, assuring the full, rich Steinway sound.  

Ultimately, the pieces — massive and delicate — come together through the interweaving of the craft and technology until the instrument is complete. However, it is not a Steinway until voicing gives it the special quality that makes it unique. Here, every subtle nuance is drawn out by balancing and adjusting the keys and shaping, hardening or softening each hammer. In the end, the new piano is transformed from more than 12,000 individual parts into an instrument… and from an instrument into a Steinway. 



This year, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra will close out our annual arts + nature festival with their third performance, Bold Spirit: The Best of Beethoven, which will consists of two works by Ludwig van Beethoven and feature Pietro de Maria on our brand new Steinway!

The orchestra's performance of Bold Spirit could never have been so GRAND, if it weren't for the generosity of Sara Sharpe and the Community Concerts Association, who helped plant the seed for our brand new Steinway Grand Piano! And, we are honored to have our brand new Steinway piano christened by world-renowned pianist, Peitro De Maria.

An active concert pianist, De Maria has played as soloist with the best known orchestras, with conductors of the stature of Roberto Abbado, Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung,  Corrado Rovaris, Kwamé Ryan and plenty more. He teaches at the School of Music in Fiesole, at the Academy of Music in Pinerolo and at the Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland. 

Don't miss the GRAND finale featuring the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Bold Spirit: The Best of Beethoven is Saturday, June 27 at 8pm at Walton Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.


Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Kicking off the 2015 Artosphere arts + nature Festival is

*Alonzo King LINES Ballet*

This contemporary ballet company will introduce audiences to its bold new dance Biophony, which is Alonzo King's newest work in collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford.

Krause has spent more than 40 years traveling the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures to record a catalog of over 15,000 sounds of species and ecosystems. From waterholes in Kenya to meadows in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the combination of these soundscapes with the extraordinary talent of the dancers will be sure to dazzle and inspire audiences of all ages.


This performance is meant to create awareness of these parallels that exist between human life and the natural aspects around us. This ballet incorporates classical technique with dynamic and improvisational elements to create a unique mixture of dance never seen before.  

Biophony is a term coined by Krause to describe the imprint of a habitat's living creatures. 

The movements create an environment that helps to rejoin two worlds that were never meant to be apart: civilized and primal.

Click the image above to watch the video "Tracing Lines with Alonzo KING" for a preview of what's in store! 

A soundscape consists of three parts: Geophony - nonbiological, natural sounds like wind and water, Biophony and Anthropophony - sounds made by humans.

It's been stated that a number of soundscapes recorded by Bernie Krause can no longer be heard in their original form, having gone extinct or silent due to human destruction and expansion into the natural habitats of certain species. 

 Thus, Krause hopes his work will provoke conversations surrounding innovation and contemporary dance, as well as sustainability and raising awareness to Mother Earth's fragile ecosystem. 


For a sample of music from LINES Ballet's Biophony, check out Krause's wild soundscapes from "The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony!"

Alonzo King LINES Ballet will perform on Tuesday, June 16 in Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at and by calling 479.443.5600!

This presentation of Alonzo King LINES Ballet was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.