20th Season Celebration

Musical Instrument Museum Theater 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

The MusicaNova Orchestra opens its 20th season with a program that celebrates its origins and encapsulates its mission of playing new, unjustly neglected, and familiar music. The new comes from up-and-coming African American composer Jessica Carter. The unjustly neglected includes Judith Bailey and Richard Arnell, whose Fourth Symphony, recorded by the orchestra in 2005, gets its first live MusicaNova performance. The familiar, here coming from Mahler and Mendelssohn, were part of the orchestra’s debut concert, which celebrated works that were banned by the Nazis.

Repertoire:
Felix Mendelssohn, Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Jessica Carter, Shadows
Judith Bailey, Trencrom, op. 16
Gustav Mahler, Adagietto from Symphony no. 5
Richard Arnell, Symphony no. 4 

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.

Scottsdazzle

Scottsdale Waterfront 7135 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona

This signature seasonal celebration serves as the kickoff to more than a month of festivities. Amble along the Scottsdale Waterfront among beautifully lit holiday décor and sing along to classic Christmas tunes led by MusicaNova Orchestra and local celebrities. Sip on a hot coffee or cocoa, nibble on light bites inspired by the season, and engage in general merriment sure to put you in the mood for a very happy holiday indeed. The night culminates with the lighting of a 40-foot Scottsdazzle tree! Join us for this free event.

The Schumann Legacy

Musical Instrument Museum Theater 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Robert Schumann was tortured by mental illness for most of his life, yet he created some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. Popular former MusicaNova Orchestra 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 Konzertstück, op. 92, from the piano. In between, the orchestra performs Overture, Scherzo and Finale - essentially a symphony without a slow movement.

Repertoire:
Konzertstück, op. 92
Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, op. 52
Violin Concerto

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.

Winter Journey and the Inextinguishable Symphony

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ

An evening of discovery includes the film "Winter Journey", which depicts one man’s powerful story of love, music and resiliency in an all-Jewish orchestra amid the persecution of 1930s Germany.

MusicaNova performs the last piece the Jewish orchestra rehearsed, Carl Nielsen’s Inextinguishable Symphony, and is joined by local choirs for Jean Sibelius’ magnificent Finlandia.

Martin Goldsmith is the author of the book titled, "The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany", which outlines the story of how his parents met. The book has since been made into a film by Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard titled, “Winter Journey,” which stars Goldsmith. Goldsmith is director of classical music programming at SiriusXM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C. and formerly the host of Performance Today, National Public Radio’s daily classical music program.

Presented by MusicaNova Orchestra and the ASU Center for Jewish Studies