The Mystical Muse: Cycles of Inspiration and Hope

1918. The Great War ended and the age of perpetual worldwide conflict began.
Old empires fell and new ones arose.  And the face of orchestral music was transformed.
The MusicaNova Orchestra takes you through this watershed year with music from Claude Debussy, Hubert Parry, and Sergei Prokofiev,
and a world premiere marking the start of the next tumultuous century.

MusicaNova Orchestra’s 2018-19 Season at the Musical Instrument Museum

Tickets $33 and $38, plus fees – Available in person or online at the MIM Box Office
Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Violin Concerto No. 1
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Hubert Parry (1848–1918)
Symphony No. 3 “The English”
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Rina Kubota
Violin Soloist
Meet the artist

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Click  to hear MusicaNova President Bob Altizer on the upcoming season and soloist Rina Kubota play selections from Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 on AZPBS Horizon on August 15, 2018

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Connor Helms, MusicaNova Composition Fellow: Fugue No 1: Squaring the Circle

From a young age, Phoenix, Arizona-based Connor Helms (b. 1992) was encompassed in an eclectic musical blanket. Heavy influence on his compositions from various world musics can be traced from their sources, as well as Western composers who absorbed non-Western music. His work also bears strong influence from various jazz performers and arrangers, film and game soundtrack composers and orchestrators, and electronic music producers.  Click here to meet the composer. 
“The first movement in a series of 9 sacred geometry-based fugues, this piece is in ~65 bpm because the interplay of 6 vs 5 is half the ‘sacred secret.’ Whereas 6 is time and 5 is space, the dimensioned vs dimensionless, square vs circle, or 6660 inches is 555 feet.”  Read more in the program notes

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MusicaNova Orchestra Concerts are supported by grants from the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tempe Arts Grants, and Scottsdale Arts.


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