An early work of Kurt Weill’s, the 1st Symphony evokes a wide variety of characters in its short span, from a broad, reverberant opening, to intimate, expressive chamber music between solo instruments. In 1921 Weill composed music for a competition to collaborate with the playwright Johannes R. Becher, then later reworked that music to fit the scale and instrumentation of this symphony. Although the piece unfolds in a single movement (traditional symphonies have four movements), its episodic nature suggests that each section belongs to a particular scene in Becher’s play. The dramatic context of each “scene” of Weill’s piece is unknown, but the audience is invited to imagine what might be happening on stage if it had accompanied a play. Read More
Composed of graduates from top music schools, Symphony Nova creates opportunities for its musicians to present outstanding music as they grow professionally.
We hold concerts four times a year in the beautiful Old South Church in Copley Square, Boston. A vibrant presence in the classical music world, Symphony Nova’s Music Director, Lawrence Isaacson inspires audiences with exciting, interactive and creative concerts. In seeking not only to entertain but also to educate concertgoers, Mr. Isaacson helps the audience to discover the classical tradition’s depth, beauty and relevance today.