MusicaNova Orchestra Presents

Contrasts for Strings: Barber, Farina, Cohen

Sunday, March 5, 2023, 2:00 pm
Musical Instrument Museum Theater

The string orchestra has you've never experienced it!

A fascinating program takes the audience on a journey of discovery, demonstrating the versatility of the string orchestra. See how the conservative Purcell and the rules-breaker Farina take entirely different approaches. Marvel at how Barber and Andriessen start with the same mood and go in opposite directions. Hear how Telemann, Grieg and Graham Cohen bring the sounds of traditional cultures to a classical string orchestra with fascinating results.

  • Barber: Adagio for Strings
  • Andriessen: Symphony for Open Strings (excerpt)
  • Purcell: Chaconne in G minor
  • Farina: Capriccio Stravagante
  • Telemann: Mezzetin En Turc
  • Grieg: Norwegian Melody
  • Cohen: Gamelan


Read Maestro Warren Cohen’s program notes here.

This concert is supported in part by grants from Hannah Selznick, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

What to expect in our 2022-2023 Season

You’ll hear highlights from the first 19 seasons, including a piece played at the very first concert (watch Warren’s full video to find out which one). Former Concertmaster Christiano Rodrigues will return to play the Schumann Violin Concerto. You’ll hear a string orchestra play entirely on open strings.


We’re teaming with the ASU Center for Jewish Studies to bring back author and radio host Martin Goldsmith for a spectacular multimedia program that opens with the movie Winter Journey, one man’s story of love, music and resiliency in an all-Jewish orchestra amid the persecution of 1930s Germany. In the second half, MusicaNova performs the last piece the Jewish orchestra rehearsed, Nielsen’s Inextinguishable Symphony, and is joined by local choirs for Sibelius’ magnificent Finlandia.


Continuing our commitment to encouraging young classical musicians from underserved communities, we’re planning a joint concert with Harmony Project Phoenix featuring the music of Arturo Marquez and other south-of-the-border composers.


We look forward to seeing you in the audience.

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.

MusicaNova Concerts in the 2022-2023 season are 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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