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Pianist Sara Davis Buechner performs for the Arkansas Philharmonic Symphony in July 2021

Sara Davis Buechner

renowned pianist & proud transgender woman

Sara Buechner is a brilliant pianist whose technical facility and depth of emotion changes audiences. She just happens to be a proud trans female. Sara spent a week in residence with the APO in July 2021, performing and talking to the community. Northwest Arkansas hasn't been the same since. 

Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra brings renowned pianist to NWA to entertain and inspire 

Sara Davis Buechner to perform, speak about her experience as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community 

Buechner has performed in every state and province of North America as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist. She has appeared with orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra; and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. Buechner has also toured throughout Latin and South America and Europe. She enjoys a special following in Asia, where she has been a featured soloist with the Sydney Symphony, New Zealand Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic and Shanghai Philharmonic, among many others. 


As a proud transgender woman, Buechner also appears as a speaker and performer at important LGBTQIA+ events and has contributed interviews and articles about her own experience to numerous media outlets worldwide. 

The APO presents three distinct events with Buechner during a weeklong July residency in Northwest Arkansas. 

Beginning July 16, Buechner will appear at Walton Arts Center, the Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, engaging various audiences in timely conversations and spellbinding piano performances. 

 "The APO's mission is to connect people with broader contemporary issues through music, making a difference in the community today that lasts for years. Sara Davis Buechner does that in spades," said Jason Miller, executive director of the APO. "Not only will she uplift people with her technical prowess and unparalleled artistry, but she will also inspire and empower the diverse LGBTQIA+ community she is part of. We hope all attendees will benefit from her performances and learn from what she has to say." 

Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Buechner has been lauded as one of the most original concert pianists of our time. After a year with no live performances due to COVID-19, the APO selected Buechner as their first guest artist of the new season as a gift to the Northwest Arkansas community and to honor diverse experiences by bringing timely issues forward through music. Two of her three events contain elements focusing on the LGBTQIA+ community, including a motivational conversation and a discussion centered on recent transgender legislation.

Sara Davis Buechner, world-renowned pianist


Concert Experience  & Performance

Sara Davis Buechner in an evening concert experience with a performance of Mozart's delightful Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major & Turina's evocative Rapsodia Sinf√≥nica. 

July 22, 7 pm at Crystal Bridges

Tickets are $40

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Let's get real

A Timely Conversation & Performace

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra presents Sara Davis Buechner in a performance and conversation centered on recent anti-transgender legislation.  

July 18, 2 pm at The Momentary

Free. Seating is limited.

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Walton Arts Center in Arkansas

be who you are

A Motivational Conversation & Concert

The APO presents Sara Davis Buechner in a concert and motivational conversation that aims to entertain, encourage, and inspire Northwest Arkansas' LGBTQIA+ community. 

July 16, 7 pm at Walton Arts Center

Free. Seating is limited.

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