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Digital Van Cliburn Concert Series » 2021 New Year’s Day Concert

Tune in here at 1 p.m. (CST) on January 1 to view the virtual concert!

Gather the whole family at home and join us for a special virtual concert celebrating the new year! This special performance takes its audience into the Great Hall and the galleries of Crystal Bridges, presenting pairings of artworks from its collection and temporary exhibitions with music performed by Northwest Arkansas musicians. Each of these performances feature our Van Cliburn Concert Grand Piano as the star and are accompanied by various musicians for a variety concert experience that celebrates art and music. We are delighted to welcome the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra with NWA Ballet Theatre, the Park Na Conservatory for Violin & Cello, and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas for three unique performances recorded in Crystal Bridges’ Great Hall. Happy New Year!


Tune in here at 1 p.m. (CST) on January 1 to view the virtual concert!

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About Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 2008 as the Civic Symphony of Benton County. A group of musicians and music lovers wanted to provide professional opportunities for local musicians, educational concerts for young people, and an afterschool strings program. In 2010, the name was changed to the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (APO), and it continues to grow with Northwest Arkansas under the direction of Maestro Steven Byess.

Since the beginning, the APO has performed large masterworks and pops concerts featuring professional musicians primarily from the Northwest Arkansas region. To date, more than 46 concerts have been performed, and many world-class guest soloists have performed with the APO. With each new performance, we’re able to cultivate young minds and inspire more audiences.

About NWA Ballet Theatre

NWA Ballet Theatre was founded in 2011 by Margie Bordovsky, Mariah Bordovsky, and the late Peggie Wallis.  Their purpose was to provide a quality professional ballet company so talented dancers would not have to leave the state in order to pursue their dreams, local communities would not have to drive hours away in order to see high quality dance performances, and to create a company that would garner respect and bring other artists to Northwest Arkansas. The company they established is here to provide valuable artistic opportunities and experiences to enrich the creative vitality of the region.


About the Park Na Conservatory of Violin & Cello

“Creating a true world-class music conservatory, right here in the heart of NWA.” The Park Na Conservatory gives serious pre-collegiate string players the opportunity to learn in a conservatory-style setting, studying under the tutelage of founders Dr. Eun Seo Park and Prof. Dominic K. Na. A registered 501c3, our nonprofit is dedicated to providing the highest standard of instruction and opportunities to our gifted young musicians, without the financial burden that often accompanies this level of training. All students who are accepted into the Conservatory program, will automatically receive a full-scholarship award . Since opening our doors this summer, we have awarded over $24,000 in scholarships to area youth. The main goal of the conservatory is in fostering the advanced training of high-performing musicians, while providing a comprehensive platform of study in all areas of artistic development. Additionally, our conservatory is eager to serve area musicians of all ages who may not be musically ready or eligible for our Conservatory, but join us instead through Monthly Private Lesson, or through our audition based entry, Preparatory program.


About Symphony of Northwest Arkansas

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) is the region’s leading professional orchestra. Under the musical direction of Maestro Paul Haas, SoNA presents dynamic and diverse symphonic performances to an audience of more than 20,000 people annually. Now in its 66th season, the non-profit has led artistic and educational programming throughout Northwest Arkansas since 1954. SoNA is a resident company of Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Through its partnerships across the region, SoNA has also performed at the Walmart AMP, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Momentary, John Brown University, the University of Arkansas, the Bentonville Film Festival, the Fayetteville Roots Festival, area schools and libraries, and other partner locations. For more information, visit

This Digital Van Cliburn Concert Series is presented in memory of Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
Sponsored by The Van Cliburn Concert Series Endowment Fund supported by Kelly and Marti Sudduth, Reed and Mary Ann Greenwood, Ellis and Kay Melton, Chip and Susan Chambers, and William M. Fuller Foundation. Special thanks to Tommy Smith and Steinway & Sons.

A special thanks to Robert Ginsberg and the Northwest Arkansas Jazz society for their guidance. A longtime collaborator with Crystal Bridges, the NAJS has been honored to assist as a curatorial partner in the Van Cliburn series. Information available at

January 1, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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