The NOVA Chamber Music Series extends a warm welcome to Madeline Adkins, Music Director for the 2018-19 season. Ms. Adkins brings a wealth of chamber music experience and expertise to her programming vision for NOVA.
Themes woven throughout the season include works of 9 women composers from 6 countries, a special focus on music by British composers, works composed in response to wartime conflicts- all performed by an array of superb Utah musicians including internationally renowned violinist William Hagen, the Choristers of the Madeleine Choir School, Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer, the Fry Street Quartet, and prominent members of the Utah Symphony.
Road to Night: October 14, 2018
The NOVA 2018-19 season opens with music that influenced Schoenberg’s magical Transfigured Night, including works by Schubert, Brahms, and Schoenberg's teacher and brother-in-law Zemlinsky. A marvelous lineup of musicians includes the Fremont String Quartet (Utah Symphony Principals), pianist Andrew Staupe, and the Choristers of the Madeleine Choir School.
Royal Musings: November 18, 2018
NOVA presents British composers from different eras in this enchanting program. Music for strings by Purcell, Britten, and living composer Thomas Adés are matched with William Walton’s wildly theatrical piece for narrator and ensemble, Façade. Performers include cellist Rainer Eudeikis, pianist Jason Hardink, and Utah Symphony Assistant Conductor Conner Gray Covington.
Earthbound: January 20, 2019
Featuring music about the earth, this concert includes Beethoven's funeral music for four trombones, Elgar's pastoral, lush Piano Quintet, and Joan Tower's Night Fields. The Fry Street Quartet is featured with acclaimed pianist Frank Weinstock, and a pair of dancers will perform in Iranian composer Gity Razaz's ballet score Chance Has Spoken.
Reflections: February 17, 2019
NOVA collaborates with the Utah Symphony by featuring their 2018-19 Composer In-Residence Andrew Norman. Three Norman works depicting glass and mirrors are complemented by Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano featuring acclaimed violinist William Hagen and Dvorák’s transcendent String Quintet, lead by violinist Kathryn Eberle.
Parallel Worlds: April 28, 2019
Guest pianist Luis Magalhães is featured in Nicolai Kapustin’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano. A concert focused on the intersection of jazz and classical music, other pieces include Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, featuring Lissa Stolz (English horn) and Travis Peterson (trumpet), and Valerie Coleman’s Lenox Ave.
The Head and the Heart: May 19, 2019
The first half of this program features works all inspired by cerebral concepts: Unsuk Chin’s blazing Fantasie Mechanique, Bach's Chaconne arranged for four cellos, and a world premiere of a new work by Augusta Read Thomas conducted by Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer. The season concludes with a thrilling performance of Mendelssohn’s heartfelt Octet for Strings, lead by NOVA Music Director Madeline Adkins.