We play great new, neglected, and traditional symphonic music in ways you’ve never heard, introduce the finest new artists, and give you the greatest musical experience you’ve never had – yet!

Give to keep the music alive, and enjoy quirky videos

The MusicaNova summer fund-raiser is off to a great start, passing the $1,500 milestone. That means we’ll already posted three thank you videos by our musicians on Facebook. Here you get principal clarinetist Kristin Fray with her multi-instrumental mash up of “I’ve Been Everywhere” and “Route 66.”

We’ll post a video like this for every $500 raised. Want to see another one? Donate here.

Thanks to Gary Moss, Carol Greenley, Irma Jurado, Carolyn Whitaker, John Friedeman, Susan Morris and three donors who wished to be anonymous for getting the fund-raiser off to such a great start.

Your donations will go twice as far, thanks to a challenge issued by David Connell, John Cleveland, Robert Leger, Elizabeth and John McKinnon, and Dominique van de Stadt and Octavio Pajaro, who are matching every donation through Aug. 11, up to a total of $9,000.

That means your $25 becomes $50, your $50 becomes $100, your $200 becomes $400.

Plus, your generosity enables MusicaNova to continue bringing you the best new, unjustly neglected and familiar music while nurturing promising young composers and providing educational outreach to underserved communities. Thanks for your support!

Julian Nguyen Will Be 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.

Hold these dates on your calendar. The MusicaNova season for 2021-22 is under construction. We’ll announce more details as they come together, but for now we know we’ll be playing:

We look forward to seeing you at a concert where you can experience the greatest music you’ve never heard – yet!

Still to come:
Two more dates at MIM. Dates for the Classical Lounge series at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
And a special program by the MusicaNova Chamber Players.

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 …
if you do too, please support our mission with a donation

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.