Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet's The Nutcracker

Friday, November 25, 7pm
Saturday, November 26, 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, November 27, 2pm | Tickets start at $20

Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet - qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. Help us welcome them to Walton Arts Center for the first time as they present The Nutcracker, a sparkling holiday tradition with enchanting costumes, timeless storytelling and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Relive Clara’s Christmas fantasy with new, endearing scenes and a few unique twists! Watch with delight as toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic and the valiant Nutcracker helps Clara defeat the Mouse King. A holiday classic for the whole family!

    

The Snowman: A Family Concert
presented by Walton Arts Center and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)

Sunday, December 4 at 2pm | Tickets start at $8

An NWA holiday tradition! Once again, WAC and SoNA present a very special screening of the 1982 Academy Award®-nominated film The Snowman, based on Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s book of the same name. The film about a snowman who comes to life has won the hearts of families across the world for more than 30 years. SoNA musicians, performing under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Paul Haas, will bring to life the film’s extraordinary score along with other holiday favorites in an afternoon that is sure to enchant kids of all ages.

 
    

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Thursday, December 22 at 7pm | Tickets start at $22

Heat up your Christmas tradition with an unforgettable contemporary mash-up of your favorite holiday story. A supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers combine with hip hop beats mixed by a live DJ and an on-stage electric violinist, turning Tchaikovsky on his head in the coolest possible way. A spell cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer takes Maria-Clara and her prince back in time to the moment when her parents first met. Digital scenery transforms a palace of sugarplums into a modern, romantic setting in 1980s Brooklyn. If your family is more into break-dancing than ballet, this Nutcracker is the perfect gift! 

 
    

Still On The Hill: Still A River

Friday, February 3 at 7pm | Tickets start at $8

Still on the Hill’s unique blend of bluegrass, folk, and Ozark mountain music has the ability to make people to stop and listen. These award-winning ‘story telling song-writers’ have garnered the title of 'Ambassadors of the Ozarks' for the work they do to preserve a rich culture that is quickly disappearing. With a collection of unusual instruments and photo quilts, Still on the Hill unveils their newest program that brings to life stories from our nation’s first historic national river - a treasure in our own backyard. Join us for a musical journey down the Buffalo River that will delight you from the start.

 
    

Think Outside the Drum:
An Interactive Family Concert for Families with Third Coast Percussion

Thursday, February 23 at 7:30pm | Tickets start at $8

Learn the building blocks of music through active participation with the award-winning Third Coast Percussion. Families of all ages will clap, sing and listen while learning about the extraordinary range of percussion instruments that can be found in cultures around the world as well as in their own kitchen cabinets. Think Outside the Drum will begin in Walton Arts Center’s new Walker Atrium with Terry Riley’s landmark work “In C,” which has been performed thousands of times across the world. Third Coast Percussion will be joined by dozens of local students and professional musicians to offer this celebrated minimalist composition to Northwest Arkansas families. The event will then move into the renovated Starr Theater for a memorable participatory music experience.

 
    

Mnozil Brass

Wednesday, April 5 at 7pm | Tickets start at $10

Back by popular demand! Three trumpets, three trombones, one tuba and a lot of laughs. If you missed their debut at WAC in October 2013, you probably heard about it! Experience one of the best-selling and most talked-about 10x10 artists when these musicians return to NWA, this time on our Kimberly-Clark Family Fun Series. Playing together for over 25 years, Mnozil (pronounced ‘nozzle’) Brass has a refined but buoyant sound reminiscent of an old-time concert band, both rousing and fun, performing jazzier arrangements mixed with a bit of classical and Broadway. Presenting familiar tunes and original compositions, their powerful brass sound and creative use of physical comedy makes this one lively concert your family won’t forget!