The World Premiere of Graham Cohen’s
Unexpected Affinities:
A Holocaust Remembrance and Celebration of Life

Featuring the Paradise Winds with Special Guest Martin Goldsmith

  Sunday, January 11, 2015 – 4 PM

Central United Methodist Church, Central Avenue at Palm Lane in the Central Arts District



Arizona’s own Paradise Winds join the MusicaNova Orchestra for the world premiere of Graham Cohen’s Unexpected Affinities, a Concerto Grosso for Reed Quintet and String Orchestra, commissioned by the Selznick Tikkun Olam Foundation in memory of Holocaust survivors Max and Nina Gurin.  Also on the musical program is the Chamber Symphony of Franz Schreker, a composer whose works were dubbed “Entartete Kunst” (degenerate art) and banned by the Nazis in the 1930s.

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Listen to Janine Miller’s interview of Graham and Warren Cohen
On the KBAQ-FM “Heart of the Arts” broadcast January 7, 2015


  • Graham Cohen: Unexpected Affinities, Concerto Grosso for Reed Quintet and String Orchestra (World Premiere)
  • Franz Schreker: Chamber Symphony
  • Martin Goldsmith describing his family’s musical experiences and his books “The Inextinguishable Symphony” and “Alex’s Wake”

The concert features a special appearance by Martin Goldsmith, noted author and classical music radio host on SiriusXM and NPR, who will discuss his recent Martin Goldsmithbooks “The Inextinguishable Symphony” and “Alex’s Wake.”  Books will be available for purchase and for signing by Mr. Goldsmith, hosted by Changing Hands Bookstore.


Reception for Martin Goldsmith and the Paradise Winds

MusicaNova will host a private reception for Martin Goldsmith and the Paradise Winds in Kendall Hall on the Central UMC campus following the concert.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages and chat with Mr. Goldsmith, the featured artists, and other concertgoers about this moving and meaningful event.  Tickets for the reception include VIP seating for the concert, and are available online for $60 per person.

(Photo of the Paradise Winds: Jacques Barbey)