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Almost Mozart: Amadeus' name is on it, but....

The 2021-22 season continues with Maestro Warren Cohen’s creative program in which bits of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music is transformed into something new and different. Read his notes here.

Mozart’s Symphony No. 37 is “adapted” from the 25th Symphony of Michael Haydn (Joseph’s lesser-known younger brother), with Mozart tacking on a new opening movement and making a few minor changes for a hastily announced 1783 concert.

Max Reger’s Variations and Fugue of a Theme of Mozart (1914) is a gorgeous example of Reger dismissing the “musical anarchy” of the early 20th century with a set of eight variations more true to the original tune that Mozart’s own variations.

Setting Mozart aside, the brilliant young pianist Sharon Hui, winner of Arizona Piano Institute’s inaugural concerto competition, joins the orchestra for  Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The piece features one of the composer’s earliest efforts to weave all three movements into a cohesive whole.

Classical Lounge returns at Scottsdale Center

The Classical Lounge curated by MusicaNova returns for a second season at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. This four-concert series showcases the work of MusicaNova musicians in a casual, informal setting. Repertoire will be light and lively, but not afraid to explore new works or lesser-known composers. Cabaret and theater seating will be available in the Center’s Stage 2 theater.

The schedule:

Dec. 5: Sonoran Silver Flutes play holiday music.
Jan. 16: MusicaNova Trombone Trio.
March 13: Burn City String Quartet.
May 8: Ocotillo, cello and guitar/mandolin duo.

Julian Nguyen will be MNO
concertmaster this season

MusicaNova Orchestra is pleased to announce that Julian Nguyen is stepping into the role of concertmaster this season.

“I’m excited about the season ahead and the opportunity to help lead the continued growth of this excellent orchestra,” Nguyen said. “The chance to play and share new music and music that is seldom played attracted me to MusicaNova in the first place.”

Nguyen, who has been a member of the first violin section since 2019, succeeds Christiano Rodrigues, who has taken a faculty position at Washington State University.

Thank you for keeping the music alive!

Our summer fund-raiser has come to a close — but if you’d still like to donate, please do so. Every dollar helps keep the music alive.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to support us in bringing you the best new, unjustly neglected and familiar music with a twist.
A special thanks to the long-time supporters who launched the campaign with $9,000 in challenge grants: John and Liz McKinnon, Dominique van de Stadt and Octavio Pàjaro, David Connell, John Cleveland and Robert Leger.
And to those who made the campaign a success: Marj Sherman, Tom Andrews, Shelby Hobart, Camille Conforti, Karen Thomasson, Patrick Jonathan, Nancy Ramirez, Kathryn Proffitt, Marsha Nelson, Susan Morris, John Friedeman, Carolyn Whitaker, Irma Jurado, Carol Greenley, Gary Moss, Annette Vigil, Kristine Nguyen, Doris Marie Provine, Arlinda Andrews, Blair Snyder and nine donors who wished to remain anonymous.
As one more way of saying thanks, please enjoy Warren Cohen’s second improvisation built off a key and notes provided by donors.

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.

MusicaNova believes in the future 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.