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(Phoenix, Ariz.) – Continuing its initiative for new collaborations in arts and culture, MusicaNova Orchestra announces a partnership with Arizona Science Center to create the multimedia program “Planet Hunters” that will début in the Center’s Dorrance Planetarium on June 24th.The program tells the story of discovery of the planets, from the first understanding of their place within our solar system to today’s bold efforts to find planets around distant stars.Visitors will experience the wonders of exploration and the myriad of new discoveries – from Hot Jupiters to Super Earths to Ice Worlds, and even Earth-like planets that may support life as we know it – underscored by music from MusicaNova Orchestra concerts, curated by Music Director and Conductor Warren Cohen.  MusicaNova board president, the singer and actor Robert Altizer, will narrate the program.

“The mission described in ‘Planet Hunters,’ to discover and learn about new planets throughout our galaxy, is like MusicaNova’s mission to find and play the finest in new and undiscovered music.  Both are naturally aligned; together they enhance human knowledge and aesthetic experience.  We are honored to partner with the Arizona Science Center in this wondrous project.” — Warren Cohen, MusicaNova Music Director

“We’re impressed by the fearless, adventurous spirit of MusicaNova and felt they would be the perfect partner for us.  Their musicians are of the highest professional caliber; they continually explore new frontiers, performing music that is either brand new, or rare, undiscovered gems.  MusicaNova will bring that final polish of discovering new worlds, both in science and in music.” — Mike George, Arizona Science Center Director of Theaters

MusicaNova Orchestra

The MusicaNova Orchestra is a professional ensemble whose concerts feature music played with the utmost virtuosity and unrivaled interpretation.  Led by Music Director Warren Cohen, the Orchestra challenges itself with new works, neglected works that should be heard, new interpretations of the classics, and new collaborations with partners in instrumental and vocal music, as well as other arts and cultural fields.

MusicaNova regularly features young chamber musicians, exceptionally talented solo and ensemble performers and works by brilliant young composers.  Its Young Artists Series at Arizona Piano Company’s Recital Hall and partnerships with area schools bring the joy of playing and hearing great music to many who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

For information on how you can support MusicaNova, or for their schedule of performances around the Valley, visit

About Arizona Science Center

The mission of Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages about science. The Center, located at 600 E. Washington St. in downtown Phoenix, features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, the state-of-the-art Dorrance planetarium and a five-story IMAX® theater. For more information please call 602-716-2000 or visit

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