Music Moves and Arkansas Philharmonic Bring Celebration of Gospel Music to Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Sept. 4, 2020 – Music Moves and the Arkansas Philharmonic are joining forces for The Gospel Truth: An Evening with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, a performance of live gospel music at Walton Arts Center on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 pm to celebrate National Gospel Music Month.

Tickets for the performance are $100 and can be purchased by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting Proceeds from ticket sales will go to provide PPE to area schools.

“In a time where truth is rarely found in its simplest form we wanted to share songs that speak to the heart and the plight of Black America. These songs were chosen because of their classical and gospel compositions” said Reginald James with Music Moves. “The communicative aspect of music is a worldwide phenomenon and it is just as true in sharing the Black experience in America. These songs speak truth to power and yet lovingly encourages each listener to see themselves in a better place and propels us to move forward together."

The APO continues to grow with Northwest Arkansas under the direction of Steven Byess. The Philharmonic is an integral part of the community by employing local, professional musicians and being a leader in music education for our young musicians. 

Music Moves is dedicated to exposing local, regional and national communities to the extraordinary contributions of Black people to all genres of music. Music Moves develops curriculum, interactive programs and performances to share the stories of these individuals and their influence on American culture. Our mission is to make African American music accessible to students and to our communities through performance and education.

Audience size for this show has been limited to 200 people. Masks will be required and social distancing will be in place. For a list of additional health and safety precautions that will be in place for performances at Walton Arts Center visit

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit