Farewell to Nadja
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 10 in B minor
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 64 (arr. Tognetti)
Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
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Thursday, May 18, 2017, 8pm, Herbst Theatre
About the Concert
New Century bids farewell to its beloved Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, in a concert featuring performances of two of her signature concerti: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
One of the leading violinists of our time, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is best known for her exhilarating performances, passionate interpretations, musical depth and unique charisma. A highly acclaimed soloist and recording artist, Nadja has also gained recognition in the orchestral arena. Her first six seasons with New Century were hailed as a tremendous success by audiences and critics alike—“a marriage that works,” in her words, that renews enthusiasm for “one of the most burnished and exciting ensembles in the Bay Area,” according to Rich Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News.
A powerful and innovative presence on the recording scene, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg continues to enrich the collection of her record label NSS Music, which she started in 2005. The label’s roster of artists include pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, horn player John Cerminaro, pianist/composer Clarice Assad, Marin Alsop, the American String Quartet, the Colorado Symphony and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, as well as the New Century Chamber Orchestra.
An American citizen, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg was born in Rome and emigrated to the United States at the age of eight to study at The Curtis Institute of Music. After continuing on to study with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg’s professional career began in 1981 when she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. In 1983 she was recognized with an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 1988 was Ovation’s Debut Recording Artist of the Year. In 1999 she was honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, awarded to instrumentalists who have demonstrated “outstanding achievement and excellence in music.” In May of that same year, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg was awarded an honorary Master of Musical Arts from New Mexico State University, the first honorary degree the University has ever awarded.
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