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!

MusicaNova Orchestra: On Wings of Hope – May 14

The MusicaNova Orchestra performs an uplifting concert of renewal, shared humanity and strength of purpose. Alfred Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Haydn opens the concert with musicians entering the stage one by one (social distancing!) and riffing on an unfinished pantomime by Mozart. Rising young composer Quinn Mason’s Svitani (which means “dawn” in Czech), written for MusicaNova, focuses on renewal, rebirth and hope. Graham Cohen’s Gamelan for String Orchestra recreates the sound of Indonesian percussion ensembles. The concert bookends with Haydn’s Farewell Symphony, in which musicians leave the stage one by one.

No Boundaries – May 16

The MusicaNova Chamber Winds takes you on a wide-ranging exploration of woodwind music featuring music by Wolfgang Mozart, William Grant Still, Graham Cohen, Valerie Coleman, and Eric Ewazen that erases the lines that can constrict classical music. This is part of the Classical Lounge series curated for SCPA by MusicaNova

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

9 Trombones, 1 Musician

MusicaNova is dedicated to bringing you new, unjustly neglected and familiar music even in these unusual times we are living in. It begins today.

The appetizer for our fall season is this video presentation of Eric Ewazen’s Capriccio for Bass Trombone and Trombone Choir, as performed by Seth Bärtschi. That’s right: Seth plays all nine parts. Plus, he shot the video. We’re privileged to have such talent in our orchestra.

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.


Our 2020 fund-raiser ended with a bang. All of us on the board of directors and in the orchestra say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
   During the two-week drive, you donated more than $7,250. Our four long-time supporters agreed to put in their full $9,000 match for a grand total of more than $16,000. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
   Your generosity puts us in a good position going into an uncertain season, and it is keeping Maestro Warren Cohen busy. He promised to record a piano piece for every $500 raised during the two-week drive. He’s on the hook for 14 and has delivered eight so far. This is Warren’s latest, a movement from Neils Gade’s only piano sonata. You made these gifts possible. Thank you.
    If you missed out on the fund-raiser, you can still donate online here or by sending a check to MusicaNova Orchestra, 610 E. Bell Road, Suite 2-552, Phoenix, AZ 85022-2393.
   And because we can’t say it enough: Thank you, thank you, thank you.