FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2016
(PHOENIX, ARIZ.) – MusicaNova Orchestra will postpone its April 10th performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s grand Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” until the opening of its 2016-17 season in October 2016, replacing it in the current season with a free concert featuring the world premiere of two vocal works. Production issues with the Shostakovich work necessitate the change.
“We are committed to performing Shostakovich Seven and want to make sure that it be done under the best possible circumstances for everyone involved,” said Music Director Warren Cohen. “We will make the performance the grand and important occasion it deserves to be.”
All the other events in the orchestra’s 2015-16 season calendar, including its Young Artists, Collaborative, and Salon Concert series, as well as its educational outreach activities, will continue as planned. The MusicaNova Orchestra 2016-17 season programs and dates will be announced soon. The company recently completed a successful matching gift fundraising drive focused on its three January concerts.
In place of the postponed concert, MusicaNova is adding a free collaborative concert, “The Sacred and the Sardonic,” on the same April 10 date at 3 pm. It will be performed at the Scottsdale Presbyterian Church and feature the world premieres of two 21st Century vocal works, “Five Apparitions of the Virgin Mary” by former ASU composer Evan C. Paul, for tenor, baritone, viola, and piano, and “No Exit, A Comic Opera,” a modern take on 18thCentury comic opera for four singers and piano by Warren Cohen.
MusicaNova stands by its mission to play the finest new and neglected symphonic music, and present the finest young talent across all its concerts. “The Valley of the Sun has plenty of professional and community orchestras playing ‘classical greatest hits,’ movie music, and backing up pop music acts,” said Board President Bob Altizer. “We are the only music organization in the state that does what we do, and we’re sticking to our mission. MusicaNova plays the greatest music you’ve never heard – yet.”
Upcoming MusicaNova Events
Saturday February 20 at 4 PM
Sunday February 21 at 3 PM
Sunday March 6 at 3:00 pm
Sunday March 20 at 3:00 pm
Friday, April 8 at 7:00 pm
Enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres and hear a preview of the world premiere of two vocal works: ASU graduate Evan C. Paul’s song cycle “Five Apparitions of the Virgin Mary” and the one-act comic opera “No Exit” by MusicNova’s own Warren Cohen, based on the play by Jean-Paul Sartre.
Tickets: Free admission – Support MusicaNova with your donation
Sunday April 10 at 3:00 pm
Tickets for all concerts are available at the MusicaNova website at www.musicanovaaz.com and at the door.
About the MusicaNova Orchestra
The MusicaNova Orchestra plays great new and neglected classical music and presents the finest emerging talent. Founded in 2003 and led by Music director Warren Cohen, MusicaNova challenges itself with new works, neglected works that should be heard, and new interpretations of the classics. Its Composition Fellows Program and Young Artists Concerts Series give voice to extraordinarily talented young musicians, and the Educational Outreach and Collaboration Program partners with area schools to bring the joy of playing and hearing great music to many who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
Frequently Asked Questions about the schedule change
Is the Shostakovich concert canceled, or just postponed?
The concert is postponed until October 2016 as the season-opening concert for 2016-17. We will announce the exact date, along with other 2016-17 programs and dates, as soon as possible.
Will there be any MusicaNova event on April 10 in lieu of the postponed concert?
Yes. We’ll be presenting the world premieres of two vocal works, “Five Apparitions of the Virgin Mary” (for tenor, baritone, viola, and piano) by former ASU composer Evan C. Paul, and “No Exit, A Comic Opera” (for SATB singers and piano) by Warren Cohen. It’s a collaborative concert we’re calling “The Sacred and the Sardonic.”
Will it be at Central UMC in place of the Orchestra concert?
No, it will be presented as part of our Collaborative Concerts series, at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church at Hayden and Osborn Roads.
How much are tickets to this alternate performance?
MusicaNova Collaborative Concerts are always free admission, but we do accept donations from audience members.
Will we be able to hear the MusicaNova Orchestra play anywhere before October?
Yes. The next Collaborative Concert on the schedule is February 21, when the 14-piece MusicaNova Chamber Orchestra will play works of the 17th and 18th Centuries, joined by soloists on guitar and trumpet. Like all Collaborative Concerts, admission is free.
What are the “production issues” that MusicaNova encountered, requiring you to postpone the Orchestra concert from April to October?
There are several: casting the orchestra, both the professional players and the student players with whom we’re collaborating; resources for preparing and distributing advertising and publicity for the concert; and financing of all the production elements that comprise the concert. MusicaNova upgraded many of our artistic and educational activities this season, including continued growth of the Composition Fellow Program, adding educational partners, writing more grant applications than ever before, and creating study guides for each concert, all of which stretched our available volunteer resources extremely thin. Unlike many arts non-profits, MusicaNova does not have any paid staff.
What impact on the rest of the MusicaNova season does the postponement cause?
All other 2016-17 season events, in our Young Artists, Collaborative, and Salon Concert series, as well as our educational outreach visits, will go on as scheduled.
Does this mean MusicaNova is changing its mission – or even going out of business?
Not at all. The Valley of the Sun already has plenty of professional and community orchestras playing “classical greatest hits,” movie music, and backing up pop music acts. We are the only music organization in the state that regularly finds and presents new and neglected symphonic music and the finest young classical music performers, and we intend to continue doing so. MusicaNova plays the greatest music you’ve never heard – yet. We have our mission and are sticking to it.
What if I have other questions?
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