Past Concerts


Benjamin Britten Centennial
September 18-23, 2012
Britten: Simple Symphony
Bartok: Divertimento
Britten: Les Illuminations
Melody Moore, soprano

Soloists of New Century
December 12-16, 2012
Handel: Solomon, Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
Auerbach: Sogno di Stabat Mater for Solo Violin, Viola, Vibraphone and String Orchestra
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Jenny Douglass, viola
Assad: Suite for Strings, based on themes of Bach
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

National Tour Kick-Off
January 13 & 15, 2013
Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 10
Bolcom: Romanza for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Villa-Lobos (arr: Assad): Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Strauss: Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings

Anne-Marie McDermott Returns
April 3-7, 2013
Golijov: Last Round
Mozart: Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Chausson: Concert for Piano, violin and string quartet, Op. 21
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

Auerbach World Premiere
May 23-26, 2013
Auerbach: String Symphony (Memoria de la luz)
World Premiere Commission
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Haydn: Symphony No. 45 “Farewell”


Carmen Revisited
September 22-25, 2011
Bloch: Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra with Piano Obbligato
Miles Graber, piano
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra
Stuart Canin, violin
Shchedrin: Carmen Suite

20th Anniversary Gala: Tour Kick-Off Celebration
November 5, 2011
Rossini: Sonata in G Major
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Bolcom: Romanza for Violin and String Orchestra
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major

Celebrate the Holidays
December 13-18, 2011
Zwilich: Prologue and Variations
Haydn: Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. VIIa: 4
Krista Bennion Feeney, violin
Corelli: Christmas Concerto
Brahms: Hungarian Dances

Sounds from the Bay Area
March 1-4, 2012
Getty: Ancestor Suite
Price: Emergence (World Premiere)
Marshall: Concerto for Mandolin and Strings
Mike Marshall, Mandolin
Vivaldi: Concerto for Mandolin in C Major
Caterina Lichtenberg, Mandolin
Adams: Shaker Loops

Zwilich World Premiere
May 10-13, 2012
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Zwilich: Commedia dell’Arte (World Premiere Commission)
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
Heidrich: Happy Birthday Variations


An Evening with Edgar Meyer
September 23-26, 2010
Rossini: Sonata No. 1 in G major
Bottesini: Concerto for String Bass No. 2 in B minor
Edgar Meyer, bass
Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Shostakovich (arr. Barshai): Chamber Symphony in C minor (Op. 110a)

Waltzing in Appalachia
November 18-21, 2010
Bach (arr. Sitkovetsky): Goldberg Variations
Mark O’Connor: Song of the Liberty Bell
Mark O’Connor: Strings and Threads
Mark O’Connor, violin
Mark O’Connor: Appalachia Waltz

Tour Kick-Off Concert
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Wolf (arr. Drew): Italian Serenade
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances
Piazzolla (arr. Desyatnikov):The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, op. 48

Mastery of Schubert
March 24-27, 2011
Bach: Violin Concerto in E major
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Schubert (arr. Assad): Lieder
An den Mond, D. 259
An den Mond, D. 296
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118
Sehnsucht, D. 636, Op. 39
Melody Moore, soprano
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20

O’Connor World Premiere
May 19-22, 2011
Edward Elgar: Larghetto from Serenade for Strings in E minor, op. 20
Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro
Frank Bridge: Sir Roger de Coverly
Mark O’Connor: Elevations (World Premiere Commission)
Alfred Schnittke: Moz-art a la Haydn


Pictures at an Exhibition: New Traditions
September 10-13, 2009
J.S. Bach (arr. Starr): Chaconne (from Partita No. 2 for Violin, BWV 1004)
J.S. Bach (arr. Reitz): Concerto for Violin in D minor (transcribed from BWV 1052)
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Mussorgsky (arr. Assad): Pictures at an Exhibition

Bolcom Meets Strauss
November 19-22, 2009
Bolcom: Serenata Notturna for Oboe & Strings
Laura Griffiths, oboe
Bolcom: Three Rags for Strings
R. Strauss: Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings

Serenades and Dances
March 4-7, 2010
Wolf: Italian Serenade
Dvořák: Serenade for Strings
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, op. 31
Brian Thorsett, tenor
Kevin Rivard, horn
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances

Sea to Shining Sea
May 5-9, 2010
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Bolcom: Romanza violin concerto (World Premiere Commission)
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Copland: Appalachian Spring (chamber version for 13 instruments)
Copland: Hoe-Down from Rodeo


Nadja Plays Piazzolla: The Sounds of Brazil & Argentina
September 11-16, 2008
Clarice Assad: Impressions, Suite for Chamber Orchestra (World Premiere Commission)
Alberto Ginastera: Glosses on Themes by Pablo Casals
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Leonid Desyatnikov): Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Heitor Villa-Lobos (arr. Clarice Assad): Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Celebrate the Holidays
December 11-14, 2008
George Fredrich Handel: Entrance of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Pedro de Cristo: Quaeramus cum Pastoribus
Antoine Brumel: Noe, Noe
Dietrich Buxtehude: Das neugeborne Kindelein
Morten Lauridsen, arr. Clarice Assad: O Magnum Mysterium
Traditional, arr. Clarice Assad: An International Holiday Medley

Program features
Melody Moore, soprano
Schola Cantorum San Francisco, Paul Flight, Artistic Director
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Jung-Hae Kim, harpsichord
Laura Griffiths, oboe
Jan Ketchum, flute
Bill Williams, trumpet

The Glory of Russia
March 5-8, 2009
Prokofiev (arr. Rudolf Barshai): Visions Fugitives, Op. 22
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Adam Luftman, trumpet
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

Shadows and Light
May 14-19, 2009
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Bernard Herrmann: Psycho Suite
Borodin: Nocturne
Clarice Assad: Dreamscape (World Premiere Commission)
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Strauss (arr. Mats Lidstrom): Die Fledermaus Suite