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All concerts were at Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ

The Transformation of Greatness:
Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3

Sunday, March 30, 2014 – 4 PM

An American Premiere!

  • Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, Second Version (1874), WAB 103 “Wagner”

Of the nine (!) versions of Anton Bruckner’s Third Symphony, this one, performed in 1874 but never published, has the most complete picture of the symphony, combining the grandeur of the first version with the shimmer of the later orchestrations. Its performance by the MusicaNova Orchestra marks only the third time the symphony has ever been heard in concert worldwide, and is its premiere in the United States.

Recapturing Youth, featuring Eric Lin

Sunday, February 16, 2014 – 4 PM

Featuring Avanti Future Stars Senior Division Winner, 16-year-old Eric Lin, Piano Soloist

  • Elgar: Wand of Youth Suite No.1
  • Kabalevsky: Concerto No. 3, Op. 50 “Youth”
  • Borodin: Symphony No. 2 “Heroic”

English composer Sir Edward Elgar and Polovtsian Dances composer Alexander Borodin reinterpret their own youth, while 20th Century composer Dmitry Kabalevsky celebrates youth in his most popular concerto.

An English Christmas:
Carols and Choirs and Bells, Oh My!:

Friday, December 6, 2013 – 7 PM

Featuring soloists Carolyn Whitaker, soprano, Ken Goodenberger, tenor, and Robert Altizer, baritone, with the West Valley Chorale.

  • Cohen: Christmas Carol Suite
  • Gerald Finzi: In Terra Pax
  • Handel: Choruses from Messiah

First Friday celebration of Christmas music in three aspects, familiar and reinterpreted: favorite choruses from Handel’s oratorio Messiah, a suite of carols for choir and soloists by our own Warren Cohen, and the poetry of Robert Bridges and St. Luke set in an English pastoral landscape by Gerald Finzi.


Youthful Variations, featuring Jessica Zhang 

Sunday, October 27, 2013 – 4 PM

Featuring Avanti Future Stars Junior Division Winner, 10-year-old Jessica Zhang, Piano Soloist

  • Onslow: Theme and Variations from the Nonet in A Minor, Op. 77
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Coleridge-Taylor: Nonet in F Minor, Op. 2

Featuring 10-year-old Jessica Zhang playing a concerto that Mozart wrote at the same age as the soloist, and a double header of nonets (pieces scored for nine players, like a baseball team), one by George Onslow (1848) and one by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1894), a work that inspired Sir Edward Elgar to declare him the “best of the young ones.”