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 FellowSongs 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.”


MusicaNova Orchestra Concerts are supported by grants from the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tempe Arts Grants, and Scottsdale Arts.