Featuring Samuel Xu, Piano and Jon Lin Chua, Composition Fellow
Music by George Gershwin, Robert Ward, and Ned Rorem

Sunday, January 24 at 4 PM
Central United Methodist Church
Central Avenue at Palm Lane, Phoenix
In the Phoenix Central Arts District
$20 General Admission
$15 Seniors and Students
Under 18 free w/paid adult

Prize-winning Valley virtuoso pianist Samuel Xu of Chandler, and MusicaNova Composition Fellow Jon Lin Chua from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY,  join the MusicaNova Orchestra in a concert of original works by three American masters, and a world premiere from the latest MusicaNova Composition Fellow.

Concert Program

  • Jon Lin Chua, Seven Miniatures for Orchestra (World Premiere)
  • George Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F Samuel Xu, soloist
  • Robert Ward, Invocation and Toccata
  • Ned Rorem, Symphony No. 2

MusicaNova Composition Fellow Jon Lin Chua’s Seven Miniatures for Orchestra is a collection of short pieces originally composed for solo piano, orchestrated for MusicaNova by the composer. Think of all seven pieces as being different individuals somewhat related by the same DNA.

George Gershwin wrote the Piano Concerto in F after the rousing success of the Rhapsody in Blue.  The concerto is instantly attractive and melodic, including elements of the jazz and popular music that made Gershwin famous.

Robert Ward was deeply influenced by jazz and dance music, and viewed the Invocation and Toccata as an homage to the music of the Big Bands of the 1950’s, forward moving and rhythmic, with a dance-like quality and a joyful sense of rugged melody.

Ned Rorem, one of America’s most distinguished living composers, has written in virtually every style of music. His Symphony No. 2 was written in 1956; our performance is the first in the United States since 1959.