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Loyola Presents Acclaimed Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, The Loyola Strings for Performance Nov. 4 at Loyola

Loyola press release - October 10, 2017

Extraordinary Professor of Violin Amy Thiaville will perform a solo alongside the orchestra

Loyola Presents internationally acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the newly renamed university chamber orchestra, The Loyola Strings. Salerno-Sonnenberg and The Loyola Strings will perform a dynamic program of diverse composers at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

Salerno-Sonnenberg has curated a compelling program that includes Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony; Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos; the three-movement Violin Concerto in E Major by Johann Sebastian Bach, featuring Loyola Violin Professor Amy Thiaville, and Symphony No. 10 by Felix Mendelssohn.

“I am thrilled to be here at Loyola as the full time Extraordinary Faculty/Director of Loyola Strings. This concert marks the beginning of a tradition that showcases the great wealth of musical talent found here at Loyola,” says Salerno-Sonnenberg. “Each year, a member of the Loyola family will solo with my orchestra. I'm especially pleased to launch this new tradition by featuring violin professor Amy Thiaville, my colleague and my friend. We are all looking forward to performing with the students, again!”

Recently named Extraordinary Faculty / Director of Loyola Strings of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, an artist renowned for her work on stage and in the recording studio, is in her third year working with the newly named Loyola Strings chamber orchestra, a conductor-less ensemble. The conductor-less technique is relatively new to Loyola’s award-winning School of Music. From the concert master’s chair, she leads rehearsals and performances, ensuring that orchestra players are as comfortable working without a conductor as they are being directed from the podium. Additionally, she leads master classes and other types of musical training sessions. The renowned virtuoso became the university’s first Resident Artist in Music in September 2015 and continues to inspire musicians on campus and off.

As resident artist, Salerno-Sonnenberg has worked closely with string students and faculty over the past two academic years. She has taught master classes, spoken at student forums in Loyola’s Music Industry Studies program, participated in recital hours, and performed with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra, leading from the concert master’s seat as well as with the faculty. She has also maintained Loyola’s long tradition of community involvement. In partnership with the New Orleans-based not-for-profit Artists Corps, Salerno-Sonnenberg has worked closely with young students in Louisiana charter, public and private schools and has worked with string programs in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Slidell, La. She has shared her extraordinary musical expertise and technique with students and teachers, building interest in playing music and demonstrating how playing with a musical ensemble can be as fun as playing a team sport.

For more details on Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg’s work at Loyola School of Music, please visit http://cmfa.loyno.edu/nadja-salerno-sonnenberg-resident-artist-2015-2016.

Her performances are a highlight of Loyola Presents, which showcases some of the top arts events in the region, from concerts to theatre and ballet performances.

Tickets are available for purchase online at presents.loyno.edu, through the Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts at 504-865-2074, via email at tickets@loyno.edu.