NOVA in the News

CMA Announces More Than $950,000 in Grants for Small Ensembles and Presenters

New York, NY (July 31, 2017)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the distribution of $951,545 through its four major grant programs: New Jazz Works and Presenter Consortium for Jazz, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and the Residency Partnership Program, funded by Chamber Music America's Residency Endowment Fund.

This funding will provide key support for the creation, performance, and presentation of small ensemble works, as well as support community engagement and audience-building initiatives. The grantees in each program were selected by independent peer panels. A complete list of the 2017 grantees follows: Read more →

Concert Review: String Players Take A Bow At NOVA Closer; Artistic Director Announces His Departure

April 24, 2017: The NOVA Chamber Music Series closed its season Sunday with a celebration of strings. Several of the community's top violin and viola players were featured in pieces that pushed their technique and musicality to the max. Read more →

Concert Review: Elliott is Ready to Rock Gardner Hall

Feb 10, 2017: The music Richard Elliott will be playing Sunday, Feb. 12, on the NOVA Chamber Music Series isn't what you might expect from the Mormon Tabernacle's principal organist. In fact, NOVA artistic director Jason Hardink said, "It's not what you'd expect from an organist at all." Read more →

Concert Review: NOVA opens on a high note with Utah Symphony piccolo soloist

Nov 4, 2016: The NOVA Chamber Music Series opens its season Sunday afternoon with a big show, at least in chamber-music terms. Utah Symphony veteran Caitlyn Valovick Moore will give the world premiere of "Fool is hurt," a piccolo concerto written for her by British composer Simon Holt; Utah Symphony music director Thierry Fischer will conduct the 10-member accompanying ensemble. The concert also includes... Read more →

Concert Review: NOVA and Plan-B Join Forces

As much as a live performance of The Kreutzer Sonata, Beethoven’s masterpiece for violin and piano, clarified the daunting project of translating Leo Tolstoy’s novella by the same name into an hour-long play to open Plan-B Theatre’s silver anniversary season, playwright Eric Samuelsen knew what he now needed to carry forward his creative process.. Read more →

Concert Review: NOVA Concert Smashing Success

May 10, 2015: The NOVA Chamber Music Series has established itself as an organization that regularly supports the creation of new music written by the very best composers living and working in Utah. Sunday’s concert was no exception. Read more →

NOVA Chamber Music Series takes ‘Refuge’ for Mother’s Day concert

May 9, 2015: The NOVA Chamber Music Series closes its season on Mother's Day with a slight twist on the holiday. The concert will include Utah composer John Costa's new song cycle inspired by "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place," Utah naturalist Terry Tempest Williams' acclaimed memoir relating, among other things, her mother's death from cancer and the effects of climate change on Great Salt Lake. Read more →

Concert review: Works by Beethoven and Rihm Given Splendid Treatment 

April 17, 2015: Beethoven’s 10 violin sonatas cover a large chunk of his creative life... For the past two seasons these sonatas have been the focus of the NOVA Chamber Music Series’ Gallery Series. Read more →

Rosenzweig Premiere Postponed

March 2, 2015: Sunday’s NOVA Chamber Music Series concert was originally to have included the world premiere of University of Utah composer Morris Rosenzweig’s String Trio... Read more →

Old and New at NOVA Concert Tuesday

February 4, 2015: Who would have thought half a dozen 2x4s could be turned into musical instruments. That’s what Michael Gordon did with his Timber, which was on the NOVA Chamber Music Series concert Tuesday. Read more →

Nova Chamber Music Series Sets Bold Stakes with ‘Late Beethoven and Post-Minimalism’

January 30, 2015: In continuing a bold season of genius choices for programming, Nova Chamber Music Series sets the right stakes in its upcoming ‘Late Beethoven and Post-Minimalism’ concert featuring the Fry String Quartet and six Utah percussionists. Read more →

Nova Chamber Music Series’ New Year Concert Contemplates the Beyond

January 7, 2015: Resolutions in the New Year are as difficult to keep as they are to make in realistic terms. However, how should we respond to the invitation for spiritual renewal and contemplation? Music becomes an ideal platform, as evidenced in the forthcoming program of the Nova Chamber Music Series aptly titled ‘Contemplation of the Beyond.’ Read more →

Concert Review: NOVA Chamber Music Series Opens in Exciting Fashion

October 26, 2014: The NOVA Chamber Music Series got an exciting start Sunday, highlighted by an exuberant performance of Bach’s cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (Exult in God in All Lands)." Read more →

Powerful Season Opener for NOVA

October 26, 2014: Michael Hicks is one of the many talented composers at Brigham Young University with a unique and distinctive voice. His music is well crafted, imaginative and appealing, and it certainly makes a statement. Two of Hicks’ works were featured at Sunday’s NOVA Chamber Music Series opener. Read more →

New NOVA Chamber Music Series Spotlights 4 Utah Composers

October 24, 2014: Something old, something new: That’s the unifying thread this season for the NOVA Chamber Music Series, which will include three world premieres and spotlight four Utah composers. Read more →

NOVA Opener Features Music by BYU's Michael Hicks

October 21, 2014: The NOVA Chamber Music Series, which opens its new season Sunday, promises to stay true to its well established tradition of mixing standard repertoire with contemporary works. “Every concert is structured on a dichotomy of new and old,” said series artistic director Jason Hardink in a recent interview with Reichel RecommendsRead more →

NOVA Chamber Music Series' Opening Concert to Set Joyful, Lyrical Mood in Music From Leipzig and Provo

October 21, 2014: A perfect example of the Utah Enlightenment that is propelling a prodigious output of creative activity in recent years, the program emerges as an especially intriguing exploration of music’s expression and representation in faith and spirituality, according to Jason Hardink, artistic director for NOVA, which has been offering chamber music series programs since 1977. Read more →

NOVA Offers Preview of Upcoming Chamber Music Series

September 14, 2014: The NOVA Chamber Music Series hit the road Sunday afternoon for a special free concert in Salt Lake City’s Memory Grove. Read more →

Utah Composer Bruce Quaglia Featured at Sunday's NOVA Concert

April 28, 2014: One might not think contemporary music and the works of Mozart go together, but that’s the pairing the NOVA Chamber Music Series decided to go with to close its season. And it worked splendidly. Read more →

NOVA Concert Sunday to Feature Music by Utah Composer Bruce Quaglia

April 23, 2014: Jason Hardink has always liked programming works by Utah composers on the NOVA Chamber Music Series. But more than one work by the same local composer on the same concert is somewhat unusual. Read more →

Impeccable Artistry on Display at NOVA Concert Sunday

February 10, 2014: ason Eckardt is a composer who has a lot to say. And he says it in music that is intense and intricately woven. The complexity of his scores isn’t because he is trying to show how clever he is, but because that’s how he hears things. Read more →

Adventurous Program on Tap at This Sunday's NOVA Concert

February 7, 2014: Jason Eckardt is a  young American composer who has been making quite a stir on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s won numerous awards and commissions; his music has been performed frequently and several of his works have been recorded. Read more →

NOVA Chamber Music Series: Fry Street Quartet PLays Haydn, Ellison, & Dvorák 01.12

February 3, 2014: The influence of folk songs, or rather folk styles of song, has a long tradition of being reinvented as formal music for the concert hall. The NOVA concert of January 12 at Libby Gardner Hall perfectly illustrated this with a set of pieces covering three different centuries and three different styles with works by Haydn and Dvorak, and a new work by contemporary composer Michael Ellison. Read more →

Dvorák Piano Quintet Highlight of Sunday's NOVA Concert

January 14, 2014: Utah’s gem of a string quartet, the Fry Street Quartet, made its annual visit to the NOVA Chamber Music Series Sunday.It’s always a pleasure hearing the FSQ play. The members of the ensemble are perceptive interpreters, wonderful musicians and remarkable technicians. Read more →

2013 Was Great Year for Chamber Music

December 27, 2013: The outgoing year was a good one for chamber music. Both the NOVA Chamber Music Series and the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City figure prominently in my Top 10 for 2013. Read more →

NOVA Chamber Music Series: The Latin Quarter and the French Quarter 11.10

November 18, 2013: Once again, the Nova Chamber Series and its director, Jason Hardink, bring new music to the Salt Lake scene with two world premiere pieces and two great French pieces. The day’s music goes against the traditional impression of French Music as too freely romanticized, taking liberties with time and expressive marking. Read more →

NOVA series is poised for Beethoven marathon

October 4, 2013: The NOVA Chamber Music Series is expanding by thinking small. "We’ve been at Libby [Gardner Concert Hall] for five seasons, and it seemed like time to add concerts in a more intimate space," said Jason Hardink, the series’ artistic director. Hardink, who’s also the Utah Symphony’s principal keyboardist, will team up with Kathryn Eberle in performances of all 10 of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano. Read more →

Review: Powerful Season Opener for NOVA

September 30, 2013: Under artistic director Jason Hardink the NOVA Chamber Music Series has been a venue that hasn’t been afraid to explore a broad range of 20th and 21st century music. It’s not quite the kind of repertoire that’s palatable for a typical Salt Lake City audience, but NOVA has a devoted following that embraces Hardink’s vision for the series. NOVA’s 2013-14 season opener Sunday showed what the series is all about. Read more →

Review: NOVA Chamber Music Series opener is a devilish delight

September 29, 2013: The devil was up to his old tricks in Salt Lake City this weekend. The NOVA Chamber Music Series opened its season Sunday with Stravinsky’s intimate cautionary play "The Soldier’s Tale" — by sheer coincidence, the day after the Utah Symphony finished its two-performance run of Berlioz’s grandiose music drama "The Damnation of Faust." Read more →

NOVA Opens Season with Stravinsky and Introduces New Series

September 27, 2013: The NOVA Chamber Music Series begins its new season Sunday with a performance of Igor Stravinsky’s 1918 theater piece A Soldier’s TaleThe performance is a collaborative effort with Plan-B Theatre Company and features actors Jay Perry and Jason Tatum, as well as Doug Fabrizio of KUER’s RadioWest. Read more →

Plan-B Theatre, NOVA Chamber Music Series team up for Stravinsky’s ‘A Soldier’s Tale’

September 24, 2013: One of the most viscerally exciting examples of chamber theater ever conceived will bring together the creative resources of two of Salt Lake City’s best-known independent performing arts companies in a Sept. 29 performance of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale.’ The Stravinsky work from 1918, featuring a seven-piece orchestra, courtesy of the NOVA Chamber Music Series, and a three-actor cast with director from Plan-B Theatre Company, will be presented Sunday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. in the Libby Gardner Hall on the University of Utah campus. The production will be directed by Christy Summerhays and conducted by Steven Schick. Read more →

Utah Symphony, NOVA series will give the devil his due

September 20, 2013: The idea of the devil — or, to be more specific, the idea of selling one’s soul to the devil — has beguiled poets, dramatists, composers and other humans for centuries. The Utah Symphony and the NOVA Chamber Music Series will present two takes on the age-old tale next weekend, when the orchestra performs Hector Berlioz’s epic music drama "The Damnation of Faust" a couple of days before NOVA kicks off its season with Igor Stravinsky’s chamber piece "The Soldier’s Tale." Read more →

NOVA Chamber Series @ Libby Gardner Hall 04.21

May 13, 2013: Nova's final concert for the year was also its most exhilarating, featuring music from the French composer Maurice Ravel, and contemporary American composer C. Curtis-Smith. The show started off with Maurice Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello played by Robert Walters and Anne Francis Bayless of the Fry Street Quartet. “Transcendent” is the word I would use to describe my feelings about this performance. I felt transported, but also present. Read more →

NOVA enthralls audience with music for bowed piano

April 22, 2013: The NOVA Chamber Music Series isn’t just a venue for local musicians. It’s also a series that doesn’t shy away from programming contemporary music. Especially under the direction of Jason Hardink the series’ Sunday afternoon concerts have been the place to be to hear cutting edge, significant works by well established older composers as well as works from the younger generation. Read more →

NOVA Chamber Music Series: Echoes of Utah @ Libby Gardner Hall 03.17

March 22, 2013: Tchaikovsky's Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Piano, opus 62 is a showoff piece. The name indicates a single movement meant to be played in a free, even capricious style. In contrast to the lighthearted quality so nominally suggested, it is in part, a rather somber piece. The Harlem String Quartet cellist, Matthew Zalkind, recently played it in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky competition. Playing it that day, he kept his eyes closed throughout the performance, which verified the affection and thoughtfulness he brought to this alternately elementary and formidable quantity. Read more →

Russian, French and American Music at Sunday's NOVA Concert

March 18, 2013: Sunday’s NOVA concert offered a wide ranging program including the premiere of a new work by University of Utah composer Miguel Chuaqui. Chuaqui’s two-movement Confabulario for wind quintet is a well written piece that explores the distinctive sounds of the five instruments, at times pitting them against each other and at times bringing them together in different combinations. The piece is also rhythmically vibrant with frequent cross rhythms, particularly in the second movement. Read more →

NOVA Chamber Music Series: New Horizons, Then and Now

February 4, 2013: The genesis of this Nova Concert was the 100th anniversary of Arnold Schoenberg’s revolutionary lieder cycle, Three Times Seven Poems from Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire, op. 21 (1912). In Pierrot Lunaire, Schoenberg created a intersection of classical and cabaret music. A melodrama, written to be sung/spoken by an actor, it follows the traditional dramatic character, Pierrot, though a moondrunk (lunatic?) travail of religious horror, nightmare-butterflies, surreal atrocities and, finally, a sailing journey on water lilies and moonlight back to a world both sane and safe. Made before the First World War, it is, to my ear, a revealing pre-echo of the terrible change of scenery and custom about to overwhelm the romantic and rational 19th Century. It is a horn blowing madness before the tragedy that would be 20th Century Europe. Read more →

Stunning Performance of Schoenberg's Groundbreaking 'Pierrot Lunaire' Sunday

January 21, 2013: Few composers have made a greater impact on their contemporaries and on later generations than Arnold Schoenberg. In the early part of the 20th century, he gathered together the loose threads of progressive thought left behind by composers such as Richard Strauss and wove a new musical language free from the strictures of tonal theory. The first major atonal work of Schoenberg’s is Pierrot lunaire, a seminal work that has lost none of its potency and influence a century after it was written. Read more →

NOVA Chamber Music Series at Libby Gardner Hall

November 2, 2012: Subtle themes of family were present throughout the day's concert. The NOVA series––from the board, administrators and musicians to the season ticket holders––are a bit of a family, with shared values of culture and adventure reflected in a passion for the music, which is diverse, daring, and thoughtfully programmed. Each show offers some of the startlingly new, but some of the "new" is also 100 years old and you just haven't heard it yet. Read more →

Versatile pianist Jason Hardink Quietly Plays a Key Role

October 31, 2012: Like his NOVA predecessor, Corbin Johnston, Hardink isn't a flashy self-promoter. It's his quiet excellence that has made him an indispensable part of the music community. Bruce Quaglia, an associate professor of music theory at the University of Utah who has two works on today's NOVA program, is a longtime fan of the series, which he called "a jewel for our city." Read more →

Brunch for the Ears: The NOVA Chamber Music Series

October 30, 2012: The NOVA Chamber Music Series plays local and very new music in increasingly close measure with the rest of the program's adventurous, but also canonical, repertoire. According to Jason Hardink, current artistic director of NOVA, this is a continuation of previous director Corbin Johnston's vision for the series: "This makes NOVA a venue unlike any other musical presenter in town in terms of combining old and new music in a way that makes you hear them both differently. It enriches your experience by putting a Utah composer's piece beside a piece by Tchaikovsky, because you hear them both side by side. Unlike other arts groups, we try to be both old and new, and not just one or the other," he says. Read more →

NOVA Announces Plans to Record the Complete Bowed Piano Works of Curtis-Smith

August 20, 2012: The NOVA Chamber Music Series has announced plans to record an album of chamber music by American composer Curtis Curtis-Smith. “It is an honor for NOVA to record these spectacularly inventive works,” says Artistic Director Jason Hardink. “They are among the most inspired chamber music written by an American composer, but very few people perform them due to the outstanding difficulties involved…” Read more →

NOVA Announces Plans to Record the Complete Bowed Piano Works of Curtis-Smith

August 20, 2012: The NOVA Chamber Music Series has announced plans to record an album of chamber music by American composer Curtis Curtis-Smith. “It is an honor for NOVA to record these spectacularly inventive works,” says Artistic Director Jason Hardink. “They are among the most inspired chamber music written by an American composer, but very few people perform them due to the outstanding difficulties involved…” Read more →

Concert Review NOVA Season Finale

May 4, 2012: This year I have taken in two of the better, if more obscure, musical seasons presented by local arts organizations: the Nova Chamber Music Series, drawing largely from the luminous musicians of the Utah Symphony as well as other mostly local talent, and the Salt Lake Chamber Society’s season of touring Chamber Music ensembles… Read more →

NOVA Guest Composer Announced as Pulitzer Finalist

April 16, 2012: Andrew Norman, a guest composer of the NOVA Chamber Music Series in November 2011, has been announced as one of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize… Read more →

Concert Review: Thierry Fischer fires up NOVA crowd in Salt Lake City

April 2, 2012: Back in the 1990s, then-Utah Symphony music director Joseph Silverstein was a regular on the NOVA Chamber Music Series. Current USO music director Thierry Fischer made his series debut on Sunday in NOVA’s season closer, and with any luck, it will be the beginning of a new tradition… Read more →

Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners for 2011

January 6, 2012: The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc. have awarded commissions for new musical works to eight composers. Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions include Jason Eckardt and the NOVA Chamber Music Series… Read more →