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.
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.