Orchestra Nova Presents "Nova Goes Green," a Musical Homage to Mother Nature

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Orchestra Nova, under the dynamic leadership of artistic director and conductor Jung-Ho Pak, will be performing "Nova Goes Green," an interactive theatrical and musical experience honoring Mother Nature and including the world premiere of Joseph Waters’ "Surf," in May.

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“Music has always been inspired by nature since the beginning of time,” says Jung-Ho Pak. “I wanted to design a program that provokes very personal thoughts and feelings in everyone regarding the natural world around us..."

Orchestra Nova, under the dynamic leadership of artistic director and conductor Jung-Ho Pak, will be performing "Nova Goes Green," a theatrical and musical experience honoring Mother Nature and including the world premiere of Joseph Waters’ "Surf." Performances are scheduled for Friday, May 11, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center; Saturday, May 12, at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall in Sorrento Valley; and Monday, May 14, at Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla.

Not a day goes by without some discussion of the state of the earth in the news – from natural resource issues, to global warming, environmental crises, the health of the ocean, and the importance of preserving the beauty of the nature that surrounds us. Orchestra Nova assembled this collection of music, "Nova Goes Green," to provide a relevant, emotional and personal exploration of our current relationship with nature. It pairs up magnificent classics, such as Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony, with unique, contemporary pieces, such as Steve Heitzeg’s "Aqua", a tribute to Jacques-Yves Cousteau featuring natural percussion instruments like driftwood and coral. No emotional stone goes unturned in this concert, from joy and exhilaration, to peace, sadness, anger, compassion and hope.

“Music has always been inspired by nature since the beginning of time,” says Jung-Ho Pak, artistic director and conductor of Orchestra Nova. “I wanted to design a program that provokes very personal thoughts and feelings in everyone regarding the natural world around us, the ways we experience and enjoy it, and the reality of what is at stake from a conservation standpoint.”

This unique celebration of nature features four key pieces performed by Orchestra Nova and its guest artists:

"The Lark Ascending," composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, is an impressionistic interpretation of the poem of the same name by George Meredith. Inspired by the majestic image of a beautiful skylark in flight, Vaughan Williams helps listeners soar freely among the clouds through a beautiful, floating violin solo. Lindsay Deutsch, principal guest artist playing violin, joins Orchestra Nova, lending her personal interpretation of this timeless piece.

"Aqua," composed by Emmy-award winner Steve Heitzeg, celebrates the visionary spirit of ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. An emotional composition with 10 variations, "Aqua" journeys through the world’s oceans, from the opening Ocean Fanfare, including percussionists playing driftwood and river stones, to Polluted Seas, with industrial sounds of brake drums, steel pipes and even the sound of two plastic six-pack rings as a protest to the impact of pollution on sea life.

The world premiere of "Surf," commissioned by Orchestra Nova and composed by Joseph Waters, takes guests on a wild ride, starting at the bottom of the ocean, rising up to feel the exhilaration of surfing high atop the ocean’s best waves, enjoying a calm moment, then encountering another big wave and experiencing the turbulence of the washing machine, to end with a serene sense of enlightenment and fulfillment. Violinist Lindsay Deutsch and saxophone player Todd Rewoldt, virtuosos of the highest order, are guest artists that play as dueling surfers. Waters also joins as guest artist on electronics; along with Joel Bluestone, percussionist; and Justin DeHart, percussionist. "Surf" is also accompanied by a special commissioned video by Zuriel Waters.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral" Symphony) is his ode to nature and was revolutionary because it was one of the few pieces of his time that tells a story, a story of a trip to the countryside, a gathering of folks, a violent storm that moves in, then a celebration of thanks after the storm clears. It was composed amidst a busy time in his career and a time when he became aware that he was losing his hearing. Beginning to feel alienated, he found respite through regular trips to the countryside to immerse himself in nature, which inspired this piece.

Coupled with the musical performance is the orchestra’s signature Nova Experience, included in the ticket price. For this program, guests will be immersed in activities and entertainment that engages the senses in Mother Nature’s best. Learn from experts from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, see a live performance of world music inspired by nature, discover eco-moguls of our time, savor an organic meal and muddle your own cocktail with organic ingredients. A multimedia experience and discussion about surfing, oceanographic science, Beethoven’s escape to nature and more will accompany the artfully and expertly played music. Guests also have the option to purchase and taste the best of locally-sourced organic foods and drinks.

For a sample of the unique Nova Experience, unlike any classical music experience, please see the accompanying video.

Performances of "Nova Goes Green" are scheduled as follows:

Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. – Coronado Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. - Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, Sorrento Valley
Monday, May 14, 7:30 p.m. - Sherwood Auditorium, La Jolla

The Nova Experience begins at 6:00 p.m. at all venues.

Tickets range from $26 - $66; Students and educators - $10; Active military families - Free.

For concert tickets click here or call 858-350-0290.

About Orchestra Nova

Under the dynamic leadership of artistic director Jung-Ho Pak, chief executive officer Beverly Lambert and board president, Dr. Samuel Dychter, Orchestra Nova is on an exciting mission to provide a dramatic music experience that is extraordinary in every way. Unlike many classical music organizations, Orchestra Nova is enjoying unprecedented financial and artistic success as it continues to demonstrate its fresh and open approach to making classical music entertaining, emotional and relevant to today’s audiences. The Nova Experience begins once you enter the door and are immersed in theme-based activities that set the stage for the evening's concert which includes creative programming, multimedia presentations, unique interaction with artistic director Pak and unsurpassed musicianship.

Orchestra Nova is deeply committed to music education and has one of the most extensive programs in San Diego County, engaging thousands of students through programs that are low-cost, self-sustainable and long-lasting.

For more information, visit orchestranova.org.

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