Robert Schumann was tortured through most of his live by mental illness, yet created some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. Popular former MNO concertmaster Christiano Rodrigues is the soloist on Robert Schumann’s virtuosic Violin Concerto, which was hidden away for nearly a century after the composer’s death. Also featured: Maestro Warren Cohen conducting Konzertstucke, op 92, from the piano.
And a special bonus: a world premiere of a piece written specifically for this concert by up-and-coming composer Jessica T. Carter.
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Introduction and Allegro Appassionato, op.92 (Konzertstück)
Warren Cohen, piano
Jessica Carter (b. 1992)
Ashes to Poinsettias (world premiere)
Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale, op. 52
Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23
Christiano Rodrigues, violin
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.
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.
MusicaNova Concerts in the 2022-2023 season are supported by the 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, and generous donations from Hannah Selznick/The Oboe Fairy and John and Elizabeth McKinnon.
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