'Baroque to the Future' at Musical Instrument Museum
Piano soloist Sharon Hui at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Maestro Warren Cohen
d'Albert Cello Concerto in C Major at Musical Instrument Musuem
Composition Fellow Mason Quinn visits with a music class at Tempe High School
"Stabat Mater" at Mountain View Presbyterian Church - South Campus
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Breaking new ground, simply

The 2021-22 season continues with an all-winds concert featuring works that broke new ground by embracing simplicity. Joachim Raff dubbed the title “Sinfonietta” for a piece written for double wind quintet. Igor Stravinsky’s neo-classical period begins with his Octet for Double Wind Quintet, and Francis Poulenc continued this exploration with his Suite Française. Finally, Terry Riley’s “In C” launched minimalism with a one-page score. Expect special guests for this shimmering finale.

2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Musical Instrument Museum.

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Thank you for supporting MusicaNova's world premiere of a lost Bruckner work

Thanks to generous supporters, MusicaNova will play for the first time publicly the version of Anton Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony that he prepared for performance in 1878. Days before the concert, Anton Bruckner abruptly called it off. Three years later, the world finally heard a much revised version. The 1878 edition was tossed on a musical trash heap, lost to the world.

Prominent scholar Benjamin Korstvedt resurrected the lost score, including a long, gorgeous passage in the slow movement, and offered it to MusicaNova for a world premiere. Learn more in this conversation between Dr. Korstvedt and Maestro Warren Cohen. (Donations are still being accepted. You can still get one of several exciting premiums.)

Details on the time and date of the concert coming soon!

 

This was written almost 350 years ago?!?

The 2021-22 season opened with Baroque to the Future, featuring works of the 17th and 18th centuries that feel right at home in today’s world.

In Heinrich Biber’s “Battalia à 10,” listen for the cellos  imitating cannon shots by playing a pizzicato that snaps against the fingerboard. Or the bass player creating the sound of a snare drum by placing a piece of paper between the strings. The second movement describes a bunch of drunks in a pub singing in four different keys simultaneously.

 

Enjoy these videos from the MNO Wind Quintet’s concert at MIM.

Marquez: Danza de Mediodia (Noon Dance)

Sonoran-born composer Arturo Marquez wrote this piece in 1996. It  incorporates Latin rhythms and fluid lines. The title reflects the composer’s belief that he wrote the piece in the middle or “noon” of his life.

This concert was underwritten by a grant from the Phoenix Office on Arts and Culture.

Martin: Passage

From Arizona State University graduate Theresa Martin’s program notes: “Life is like a long hallway with a series of doors. Some doors are open and easy to travel through… The hallway may seem like a confusing maze, and oftentimes you may get lost… Throughout your journey, you will experience inertia, trials, and periods of intense growth.”

This was the Arizona premiere for the piece, written in 2019 .

 

Learn about all of MusicaNova’s Performing and Education Programs

New and neglected works and interpretations of the classics: music you won’t hear anywhere else in Arizona
A showcase for extraordinarily talented soloists under 18, performing in an extended recital setting.
Free, family-friendly events presenting a wide variety of musical styles, performed by accomplished artists.
Outreach, mentoring composers, and collaborating with student-musicians for the joy of great music.

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MusicaNova Concerts in the 2020-2021 Season are supported by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Scottsdale Arts, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and Tempe Arts Grants.