Claude Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Sergei Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 1; Rina Kubota, violin soloist
Hubert Parry, Symphony No. 3 in C “The English”
Connor Helms MusicaNova Composition Fellow: Squaring the Circle: Sacred Geometry Fugue for Orchestra World Premiere
1918. The Great War ended and the age of perpetual worldwide conflict began. Old empires fell and new ones arose. And the face of orchestral music was transformed.
The MusicaNova Orchestra takes you through this watershed year with music from Claude Debussy, Hubert Parry, and Sergei Prokofiev, and a world premiere marking the start of the next tumultuous century.
Akshaya Avril Tucker, MusicaNova Composition Fellow, Songs for Soprano, Hindustani Singer and Sinfonietta Arizona Premiere
Edmund Rubbra, Viola Concerto in A Major, Op. 75, Graham Cohen, viola soloist Arizona Premiere
César Franck, Symphony in D Minor
Devotion and faith, no matter source, have always driven the arts. MusicaNova presents three works that beautifully reflect the fusion of spiritual and secular inspiration.
The exquisite selections on this program were inspired from an array of sources. Akshaya Avril Tucker blends Western and Indian music in a way never heard before. Edmund Rubbra was a devout Catholic but also a devotee of Catholic mystic and scientist Teilhard de Chardin; César Franck was just as devout but inspired to write secular music by the charms of Eros.
Mayumi Kimura Meguro MusicaNova Composition Fellow, Hana o Tobashite Arizona Premiere
W. A. Mozart, Rondo No 1 in D Major, K.485, Angelina Zhang, piano soloist
Carl Reinecke, Symphony No. 2, Op. 134 “Håkon Jarl” American Premiere
Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 0 “Die Nullte” Arizona Premiere
Energy. Passion. Expression. Virtuosity. Storytelling. The 19th Century Romantic Era revolutionized musical composition, dethroning the structures and rules of the old regime.
Distinctive musical voices and unique harmonies are at once instantly recognizable and yet radically different from one another as MNO Composition Fellow Mayumi Kimura Meguro combines taiko drumming and her grandmother’s voice, Mozart dedicates to a mysterious woman, Carl Reinecke recounts the legend of Viking chieftain Håkon Jarl, and MusicaNova recovers Bruckner’s nearly lost “Symphony Zero.”