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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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy these videos from the MNO Wind Quintet’s concert at MIM.
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.
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 .
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