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Le Tombeau de Couperin

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maurice_ravel_1925“Le Tombeau de Couperin”, by Maurice Ravel, was originally composed from 1914-1917 as a piano suite in six movements. Each movement was intended to evoke a specific memory of a close friend who had died fighting World War I. Ravel paid hommage to the baroque composer Couperin by imitating the style of a baroque dance suite. Later on, in 1919, Ravel omitted two of the movements and produced a version of the piece for orchestra. Read More

Haffner Symphony

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Commissioned by the Haffner Family in 1782, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart originally composed the “Haffner Symphony” (No. 35 in D Major, K. 385) as a serenade for the enoblement of Sigmund Haffner. Unfortunately, this deadline caused Mozart a great deal of stress. Not only had he just finished his opera, “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, but he was also planning his wedding to Constanze Weber, much to his father’s dismay. Mozart struggled to complete the “Haffner Symphony” in time for the enoblement, and the piece originally debuted as a serenade, including a march and two minuets.

Although historical evidence points to the fact that Mozart may or may not have met the original deadline for Haffner’s enoblement, he did find a completely different use for the piece. Mozart was beginning to prepare for another concert he was going to be presenting in Vienna, and since the Haffner piece had only been heard in Salzburg, he decided to revise the score and expand what was a serenade into a symphony. This vibrant, joyful symphony was a great success at the debut in March of 1783.

Hear this work live at our first concert of the season on October 21 at Old South Church.

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An Interview with Aram Demirjian

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aram-demirjianWe caught up with former Symphony Nova Assistant Conductor Aram Demirjian, now a major American orchestra’s Assistant Conductor, to find out how his career has unfolded and what role we played in preparing him for his job at Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. But first, we wanted to find out a little about what it is like to be a conductor and what inspires him. Read More

Read About the Featured Poets

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Symphony Nova and a group of local poets led by Nadia Colbern, whose poetry has been widely published in such places as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and The Boston Globe Magazine, are collaborating to present three highly-anticipated performances featuring poetry inspired by and read aloud alongside Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Mozart’s Serenade K.388, Piazzolla’s Libertango and Ferenc Farkas’ Antique Hungarian Dances each arranged or written for woodwind quintet. Read More

A Message From Our Conductor and Founder

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Lawrence Isaacson, Music DirectorFor the past eight years, I have had the pleasure of conducting Symphony Nova and have seen it grow into an essential resource for developing young Boston musicians’ careers. As the holidays approach, I am writing to tell you how you can make a big difference in the life of a talented, aspiring musician by making a monetary gift to Symphony Nova. Read More

Meet the Choreographers

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Symphony Nova’s collaboration with Tony Williams Ballet on Friday, November 20th at Old South and Saturday, November 21st at Tony Williams Dance Center will feature new pieces by four choreographers accompanied by chamber music. Here is what two of our choreographers have to say about their pieces: Read More

Tony Williams Ballet – About The Music

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Dag Wiren (1905 – 1986) followed a tradition of classical Nordic composers including Jean Sibelius and others. His music has a strong rhythmic pulse throughout, and his works after 1950 became characterized by repetitive phrases that gradually transform, a style that almost seems to have anticipated the minimalist sounds of Philip Glass or John Adams today. Read More

October 16 Features Rarely-Heard Music

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Nino Rota (1911 – 1979) is best known for his scores for The Godfather I and II, the second of which received an academy award for best film score. He wrote prolifically for film, working closely with several leading film directors of his time. He had an especially close relationship with director Federico Fellini, enabling the two to collaborate at a level rarely afforded a composer-director duo. Read More

All About Vibrations

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Every once in a while, I light a match. I take the match and hold it in front of the f- hole on my bass. I pluck the A string and watch as the flame’s path is momentarily disrupted as the sound waves pass through the air. Sound and its physical manifestations have always fascinated me. Seeing and feeling sound is what led me to the bass. I was offered the option to learn an instrument in 4th grade through my public school system. Instrument demonstrations and petting zoos happened. Most kids picked the violin or cello. Read More

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