Welcome to the Loyola University Newsroom

Print this page

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Loyola Chamber Orchestra to Perform Sunday, March 13 at Roussel Hall

Loyola press release - March 2, 2016

Internationally renowned violinist is resident artist of music in Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts, shares knowledge with “strings” students of all levels.

Led by the sensational violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the Loyola Chamber Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located on the main campus of Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118.

The concert includes Estonian composer Arvo Part’s popular work Fratres; the delightful meditation on tranquil beauty in “Larghetto” from Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings; Johann Sebastian Bach’s incredible Violin in Concerto A minor, and Bela Bartok’s charming Roumanian Dances. The performance on March 13 will be Salerno-Sonnenberg’s fourth and final performance at Loyola University for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Tickets for the performance are available online or through the Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts at 504-865-2074 | E-mail: tickets@loyno.edu.

The Loyola Chamber Orchestra is structured as a professional chamber orchestra, and Salerno-Sonnenberg leads from the concert master chair. (There is no conductor.) This structure, which places a high level of responsibility on the musicians, increases team work among the players and—importantly—heightens the level of understanding of the music and a player’s role in a successful performance.

Salerno-Sonnenberg, who joined Loyola in September as a multi-year Resident Artist, is on campus twice each semester for ten to 14 consecutive days. During her residency periods, she teaches master classes and the orchestra; performs publicly; and conducts outreach and professional development for students and teachers at all grade levels.

“At every stop along the way, young musicians and their instructors are learning new ways to consider the music they play, learning to be better players and to have more fun when they play,” says Anthony Decuir, dean of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts. “We are fortunate to the loyal philanthropists who have made this Resident Artist part of our campus community and we are delighted to share her with schools in our region.”

String instructors who wish to take part in the Resident Artist program should phone Dr. Jean Montes, associate professor of music and director of orchestras in the Loyola School of Music at 504-865-2167 or jeanmonts@mac.com.

An internationally acclaimed soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is praised for her compelling performances, daring interpretations, and electric stage presence. Renowned for her work on the concert stage and in the recording studio, she is highly respected for her vision and guidance as music director of the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra, which she has led since January 2008.

Her 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 Ovations Debut Recording Artist of the Year. In 1999, Salerno-Sonnenberg was honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, awarded to instrumentalists who have demonstrated “outstanding achievement and excellence in music.”

A successful recording artist with more than 20 releases on the EMI and Nonesuch labels, Salerno-Sonnenberg also has recorded numerous CD’s for her own record label, NSS Music. Her television credits include the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson early in her career, Sesame Street, CBS’s 60 Minutes and numerous other features. She maintains a busy performance schedule as a recitalist, orchestral soloist and artist director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, in addition to her work at Loyola University.