NOVA Chamber Music Series, 40th Anniversary Season
NOVA embarks on an ambitious season in celebration of 40 years of sublime and exciting chamber music concerts in Utah. With a mission to bring Utah audiences the best of Utah classical musicians and composers, NOVA’s 2017-18 season will feature commissions from 6 composers as well as 6 outstanding Utah musicians as soloists in chamber concerti.
The NOVA Subscription Series is the centerpiece of the NOVA Chamber Music Series, performed in beautiful Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah. Six (6) concerts throughout the season feature NOVA's trademark innovative mix of beloved chamber music classics with a vibrant array of newer works.
2017-18 Subscription Series @ Libby Gardner Hall
October 29, 2017: Madeline Adkins and the Fry Street Quartet
NOVA opens the 40th Anniversary Season with Utah Symphony Concertmaster Madeline Adkins as soloist in Chausson’s Chamber Concerto with the Fry Street Quartet. Composer Nicolas Chuaqui has been commissioned to write a brass quintet, while Miguel Chuaqui is composing a new work for the Fry Street Quartet. Ravel’s sensational La Valse will be performed by pianists Jason Hardink and Kimi Kawashima.
November 19, 2017: Quartet for the End of Time
Utah Symphony Principal Cello Rainer Eudeikis leads an ensemble in C.P.E. Bach’s inventive Cello Concerto in A Minor. He is joined by Claude Halter, Erin Svoboda, and Kimi Kawashima in Olivier Messiaen’s miraculous Quartet for the End of Time, composed in a German POW camp during WWII.
January 14, 2018: Mozart, Father and Son
Utah Symphony Associate Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle is soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major, while pianist Frank Weinstock is featured in Mozart’s Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548. Leopold Mozart’s gorgeous Concerto for Alto Trombone will feature Utah Symphony Principal Trombone Mark Davidson, and new work by Phillip Bimstein for oboe and electronics will be premiered by Charlotte Bell.
February 25, 2018: Microconcerto
NOVA collaborates with composer Morris Rosenzweig and musicians of the Louie Moreau Institute for New Music on a new commission. Also on the program is the Beethoven String Quartet opus 95 “Serioso” and the Sextet for Horns and String Quartet, opus 81b, as well as Stephen Mackey’s Microconcerto, featuring Keith Carrick, Utah Symphony Principal Percussion.
April 15, 2018: Bach and New Horizons
This program features two distinctly NOVA pairings: Anne Francis Bayless, cellist of the Fry Street Quartet, and Brant Bayless, Utah Symphony Principal Viola, will perform a J. S. Bach solo cello suite with viola music by György Kurtág woven throughout. The concert ends with a new commission by Inés Thiebaut, an impossibly virtuosic piano chamber concerto composed for Artistic Director Jason Hardink, and J.C. Bach’s uplifting and witty Concerto for Piano and Strings in E-Flat, opus 7, no. 5.
May 6, 2018: Season Finale
The 40th Anniversary Season closes with music by Schubert and acclaimed guest composer Augusta Read Thomas. Ms. Thomas has composed a new, interdisciplinary work for NOVA with the support of the Sounds of Science Commissioning Club. Featured artists include Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer, soprano Melissa Heath singing Schubert lieder, and an all-star lineup of Utah musicians for Schubert’s Octet.
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