Four Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Concerts are 90 minutes without intermission.

Old South Church

645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Old South Church is wheelchair accessible.

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October 16, 2015

Symphony Nova performs three delightful gems by Nino Rota, Jean Françaix and Gustav Helsted, featuring a colorful ensemble of ten musicians led by Music Director Lawrence Isaacson. Nova’s opening concert of the season showcases the new class of talented Nova Fellows, who are hand-selected graduates from top music schools in Boston and beyond. Nino Rota was made famous by his score for The Godfather I & II, claiming an Academy Award for the second of the two, and he also wrote stunningly for the concert hall. Françaix’s Dixtour, written in 1986, features several light, witty movements written in the neoclassical style.

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November 20, 2015.

The Symphony Nova Fellows perform chamber music with dance by Strauss, Brahms and Piazzolla in collaboration with the critically-accliamed, Jamaica Plain-based Tony Williams Dance Center. Tony Williams, Founder of the Dance Center and Urban Nutcracker, established this company to train talented dancers from diverse backgrounds to pursue a full-time professional dance career. Featuring Hasenöhrl’s poignant arrangement of Strauss’s exciting tone poem Till Eulenspiegel, and Brahms’s nostalgic, heartfelt Clarinet Quintet.

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February 5, 2016

The Symphony Nova Fellows shine in an all-woodwind quintet concert, featuring music by Ravel, Mozart, Ibert and Piazzolla. Ravel’s colorful Mother Goose Suite, originally a ballet, illustrates several tales including Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty. The whimsical Trios Pieces of Ibert is jazzy and playful, featuring a loving duet in its middle movement. Piazzolla, the Argentinean tango composer and bandoneonist, fuses jazz, classical music and traditional tango in this upbeat rendition of Libertango for wind instruments.

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April 8, 2016

Music Director Lawrence Isaacson leads Symphony Nova in timeless classics and 20th-century favorites. Mozart’s exuberant overture to the comic opera The Marriage of Figaro is followed by the Boston-native Walter Piston’s Sinfonietta. Prokofiev’s exciting, virtuosic Classical Symphony recalls the symphonies of Haydn. Aaron Jay Kernis’s sparkling Musica Celestis and Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo and Finale conclude the evening.

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