Musica Nova

Musica Nova

Musica Nova Reception
Many of the most celebrated and recognized pieces in the symphonic repertoire would not exist without patrons who supported their creation. Famous pieces from composers including Haydn, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Copland would not have been created if it were not for those committed to produce new music.  Over a decade ago, a group of enthusiastic ASO patrons decided to take part in the tradition of nurtuing the cultural treasure of symphonic music by creating the Musica Nova commissioning club.

Musica Nova has taken on the responsibility of adding new works to the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra’s repertoire, and in turn the rest of the symphonic world. Some of these pieces over the past fourteen years have been performed at Carnegie Hall, by various orchestras across the country, and one was the beginnings for a new work that won a Pulitzer, John Luther Adams’ “Dark Waves” in 2007. 

Mateo MessinaFor the 2018/2019 season Musica Nova has commissioned Mateo Messina to compose a piece fitting for the people of Alaska. Best known for his film and TV compositions including a Grammy win for Juno in 2008, Messina’s distinct, moving and sometimes quirky musical voice has delighted audiences of the screen as well as in the concert hall. When not writing for the screen, Mateo has also written over 20 symphonies, with each premiere being a benefit concert for the families at Seattle Children’s Hospital raising over $2,000,000 to date.

You can now sign up for 2018/19 Musica Nova.

Member Benefits include:

•    Private dinner with composer Mateo Messina, Maestro Randy Fleischer and other
      Musica Nova members (date and location TBA)
•    Invitation to a rehearsal
•    Premiere reception attended by Mateo Messina on January 26
•    Plaque and signed copy of a page from the score
•    Recording of the Premiere Performance of Messina’s piece.

Cost is $500 per person. Payment plans are welcome.

Click here to join Musica Nova or call 274-8668.

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