Valley clarinetist featured during free MusicaNova concert

Join MusicaNova Orchestra for the opening of their 2016-17 season at a free public concert featuring Valley classical clarinetist Alex Dergal, on Sunday Aug. 21, at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church.

The concert is to be 3 p.m. at 3421 N. Hayden Road, in Scottsdale.

Alex Dergal (submitted photo)

Alex Dergal (submitted photo)

Mr. Dergal is a graduate of Mesa Dobson High, now entering his junior year at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, according to a press release.

His program includes music from Leonard Bernstein and Johannes Brahms, and one selection from the ambitious “Quartets for the End of Time” by Olivier Messiaen. Mr. Dergel will perform the entire work in December at Oberlin.

Dr. Jeremy Peterman, one of the Valley’s most sought after musical colleagues, joins Mr. Dergal as collaborative pianist. The event is part of MNO’s free Collaborative Concert Series, presenting a variety of musical styles in an informal setting.

Appearing in the series later this season are the Dry River Yacht Club, on Nov. 20, the MNO Chamber Orchestra with guests from Harmony Project-Phoenix, on Feb. 19, and Traditional China, on April 2, featuring music on period instruments that date back over 8,000 years.

MusicaNova is a professional symphony orchestra founded in the Valley in 2003, the release stated.

MNO also presents its Orchestra Concert Series and Young Artists Concert Series at venues in Phoenix, conducts extensive educational outreach with Valley schools, and sponsors the unique MNO Composition Fellows Program for hands-on mentoring of emerging composers.
Call 480-203-9078 for more information, or visit www.musicanovaaz.com.

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