Quinn Mason will play the MusicaNova Orchestra
Quinn Mason started composing music at the age of 10. He learned by reading books and playing the piano in elementary school.
He wrote his first cello piece at 12, and by 18 he had written his first symphony. Today, at age 25, he has conducted orchestras across the country and is one of the most sought-after young classical composers.
Mason will make a stopover in Arizona on May 14 to direct MusicaNova Orchestra “Wings of Hope” concert at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
During the concert, Mason will make his debut with a new work called “Svitani” which means “dawn” in Czech. The two-movement piece lasts 16 minutes.
“It’s about rebirth and renewal, especially in these times that we live in, where it seems like we’re about to see everything improve. I wrote an article about this experience, ”Mason said.
“It took me a while to write, but it’s a meaningful piece for me. And I really hope it will be a meaningful piece for the Phoenix audience.
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Mason has won numerous awards and accolades for his compositions from organizations such as the American Composers Forum, Texas A&M University, Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, New York Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra.
About the MusicaNova orchestra
MusciaNova is an Arizona nonprofit that showcases new and often overlooked music. Its orchestra is made up of professional musicians. The nonprofit also offers several programs that help emerging talent develop their skills.
The orchestra’s “Wings of Hope” concert is a live, in-person performance. There will be socially remote headquarters and masks are required.
The concert opens with “Moz-Art a la Haydn” by Alfred Schnittke and ends with the “Farewell” symphony by Joseph Haydn.
Mason said that throughout his career he had seen the world of musical composition change. He hopes to make a lasting impact through his own unique music.
“We’re going through a pretty interesting time in the classical music industry right now,” he said.
“We live in a time when old traditions are being shattered and we are starting to make room for more diverse voices.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday May 14. Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Concert also available online with purchase of tickets at scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Elizabeth Montgomery is an arts and culture reporter for The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com. Reach her at [email protected] or 602-444-8764. Follow her on Twitter @emontnews. Support local journalism. Subscribe to azcentral.com today.