The Many Voices of the Flute The MusicaNova Flute Ensemble to Host Free Concert
MusicaNova Orchestra presents the unique sounds of the MusicaNova Flute Ensemble in a free community concert on Sunday, March 25, 3:00 to 4:30 PM at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3421 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, at the corner of Hayden and Osborn Roads.The concert is family friendly and admission is free; donations to support the community concert series will be accepted. All veterans of the MusicaNova Orchestra and other ensembles in the Valley of the Sun, musicians Lisa Tharp, Jeanie Pierce, Lee Chivers, and Nancy Sowers will perform works composed especially for flute ensemble and several arranged for the MNO Flute Ensemble by its members. They'll feature an amazing range of voices in the flute family, from the high-pitched piccolo that can soar above an entire symphony orchestra or marching band, to the low-pitched contrabass flute, the "gentle giant" of the family providing a solid footing for the ensemble. The program includes pieces written especially for flute ensemble from composers Catherine McMichael (Baikal Journey), Sarah Bassingthwaighte (Echoes of the Ancients), and Beverly McLarry (Excursions on a Billings Tune). The audience will also hear well-known tunes specially arranged for the ensemble, including Shenandoah, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Birdland and more. Members of the ensemble are professional musicians who actively gig and play with other bands and orchestras around town, as well as teaching in schools and in their private studios. The MusicaNova Community/Collaborative Concert Series includes a wide range of musical styles featuring professional and talented amateur musicians performing their own distinctive repertoire, all in a casual setting, and frequently with audience participation. MusicaNova actively collaborates with other performing artists, educators, and public arts exhibitions. MusicaNova is a professional symphony orchestra founded in 2003 and dedicated to playing new and neglected music and introducing the finest new artists to the Valley of the Sun. MusicaNova is supported in part by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. Call 480-585-4485, or visit www.musicanovaaz.com.