Mozart the Plagiarist -- 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Musical Instrument Museum

Mozart art for Oct. 8 concert

Long before Ed Sheeran was taken to court for allegedly borrowing someone else’s music, Mozart was “admiring” the work of the Haydn brothers — admiring them right into his scores!

The finale to Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony has long thrilled audiences. So it may be surprising to learn that a key motif was lifted note-for-note, orchestration-by-orchestration, from Joseph Haydn’s 13th Symphony. When you hear them side by side, the evidence is irrefutable.

But that’s not all. The concert will include two world premieres and a special bonus.

  • Alan Belkin, a highly regarded composer, teacher and author, wrote his Viola Concerto for Julliard masters graduate Graham Cohen. 
  • MNO Composition Fellow River Sawchyn, one of “30 promising Canadians under the age of 30,” honors the concert’s theme by purloining melodies and passages from Mozart and Haydn in his new piece, “Finding Light.”


And the added bonus? In addition to their classical chops, River Sawchyn and Graham Cohen fiddle. River specializes in American styles and Graham in Canadian ones. Put them together, and you’ll get a hoedown like you’ve never heard before.

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MusicaNova Orchestra is not your grandfather’s philharmonic. It’s unlike any other orchestra in Arizona — or much of the nation. 
For two decades, our professional musicians have provided the Valley with exciting performances you won’t hear anywhere else. New music. Unjustly neglected music. Familiar music in fresh contexts.
We also champion rising young composers, giving their music an airing and our audiences an inside look at the future of classical music.
And we support and play side-by-side with young musicians from underserved communities, believing that this is one way to encourage more diverse representation in orchestras and programming.

What to expect in 2023-24

Highlight: Winter Journey concert, Jan. 22, 2023

New and neglected works and interpretations of the classics: music you won’t hear anywhere else in Arizona
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.

MusicaNova Concerts in the 2022-2023 season were supported by the Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Scottsdale Arts, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix ASU Center for Jewish Studies, Phoenix Holocaust Association, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, media sponsor the Jewish News, Hannah Selznick/The Oboe Fairy, John and Elizabeth McKinnon and valued individual donors.

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