MusicaNova Orchestra Concerts from Prior Seasons

2016-2017 MusicaNova Orchestra Concerts

The Seven Nation Riff

October 30, 2016

The orchestra plays Anton Bruckner’s grand Symphony No. 5 (inspiration for the White Stripes hit Seven Nation Army), the world premiere of Composition Fellow Fiona Ryan’s Re:Play, featuring the celeste-like sound of a toy piano, and in a nod to Hallowe’en and Dia de los Muertos, Charles Gounod’s whimsical Funeral March of a Marionette (known to some as the theme of Alfred Hitchcock Presents).

Featuring student musicians from Tempe high schools.

America’s Indigenous Music Featuring R. Carlos Nakai

January 28 – 29, 2017

World-famous Native American Flutist R. Carlos Nakai joins the orchestra to play James DeMars’ Spirit Horses, including a lively improvised “Flute Jam” encore.  Also on the program, world premieres of Composition Fellow Dale Sakamoto’s Perennial and Graham Cohen’s Concerto Grosso for Eclectic Trio featuring The Rogue Trio, as well as Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Sinfonietta No. 2

Composers DeMars and Sakamoto and the Rogue Trio are all affiliated with the Arizona State University Herberger Institute School of Music.

The Intangible Heritage: Symphonic Music Inspired by the Mariachi Tradition

April 23, 2017

MusicaNova Orchestra celebrates Mexican culture with some Mariachi-inspired symphonic works, including Heitor Villa Lobos, Bachianas Brasilieras no.4, Alberto Ginastera, Estancia Suite, and José Pablo Moncayo, Huapango.  There’s also the world premiere of Composition Fellow Julie Hill’s Waves.

Featuring student musicians from Tempe high schools.

2015-2016 MusicaNova Orchestra Concerts

The Colors of Music

Bobae Johnson, violin soloist

November 1, 2015

Featuring MusicaNova Young Artist Bobae Johnson playing Julius Conus’ Violin Concerto in E-Minor and the world premiere of Composition Fellow Karalyn Schubring’s Symphonic Dance No. 1.  Also on the program: contemporary American composer Christopher Theofanidis’ Visions and Miracles and a complete orchestral setting of Manuel De Falla’s El Amor Brujo.

American Originals

Samuel Xu, piano soloist

January 24, 2016

Featuring MusicaNova Young Artist Samuel Xu playing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F (plus an encore) and the world premiere of Composition Fellow Jon Lin Chua’s Seven Miniatures for Orchestra.  Also on the program, works by two contemporary American composers: Ned Rorem’s Symphony No. 2 and Robert Ward‘s Invocation and Toccata.

Sacred and Sardonic

The Sacred and The Sardonic

April 10, 2016

The world premieres of two vocal works by contemporary American composers: Evan C. Paul’s haunting song cycle of the sacred, Five Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Warren Cohen’s sardonic take on the afterlife in  No Exit, A Comic Opera, resetting Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist play on a ranch in the American Southwest.  Featured are singers Carolyn Whitaker, Deborah DeSimone, Paul Nicosia, and Robert Altizer, and instrumentalists Warren and Graham Cohen.

2014-2015 MusicaNova Orchestra Concerts

October 30, 2014

Dover Quartet Violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt made her début with the MusicaNova Orchestra playing the “Viola” concerto by Sir Edward Elgar – actually Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85, transcribed for the viola by Lionel Tertis.  Also on the program was the world premiere of “Gaslight” by MusicaNova Composition Fellow Nicholas Landrum and Tchaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite No. 2.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Arizona’s own Paradise Winds joined the Orchestra for the world premiere of Graham Cohen’s Unexpected Affinities, commissioned by the Selznick Tikkun Olam Foundation in memory of Holocaust survivors Max and Nina Gurin.Martin Goldsmith, noted author and classical music radio host on SiriusXM and NPR joined in the dedication of the work.  Also on the program was Franz Schrecker’s Chamber Symphony, a work suppressed by the Nazis in the 1930s.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Katrina Jia was soloist in Robert Schumann’s Konzertstück Op. 92, Introduction and Allegro Appassionato for Piano and Orchestra.  Also on the program were the world premiere of Nocturne for String Orchestra by MusicaNova Composition Fellow Tengku Irfan, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s delightful Capriccio Espagnol.