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Internationally Acclaimed Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Performs Mendelssohnís Octet with Loyola Faculty Feb. 16

Loyola press release - February 6, 2017

Internationally acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, together with Loyola faculty and friends, will perform Mendelssohn’s Octet and other classics when they take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 on Loyola University’s campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall.

Originally written for a double string quartet with four violins and pairs of violas and cellos, Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20 is a lively and youthful work of music that Felix Mendelssohn composed for a friend’s birthday in fall 1825, when the composer was 16. The 30-minute work is universally acclaimed as a masterpiece.

Salerno-Sonnenberg will perform Mendelssohn’s Octet with violinists Amy Thiaville, Dhani Juan, and special guest violinist Rachel Jordan; violists Bruce Owen and Emily Townsend; and cellists Philip van Malzhan and Emily Alves. Throughout the evening, she will perform other favorites alongside Loyola faculty.

The evening program is as follows:

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Friends
Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall

MANUEL DE FALLA Suite Populaire Espagnole

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

Yui Asano, piano

R. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS How Cold the Wind Doth Blow

R. STRAUSS Morgen

Tyler Smith, tenor

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

Yui Asano, piano

HECTIORE VILLA-LOBOS Bachiana Brasileiras No. 5

E. NAZARETH BALDOMAN Apanhei-te

DJANGO RHEINHARD Nuages

John Rankin, guitar

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

FELIX MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin,

Amy Thiaville, violin

Rachel Jordan, violin

Dhani Juan, violin

Bruce Owen, viola

Emily Townsend, viola

Philip van Malzhan, cello

Emily Alves, cello

Now enjoying her second year at Loyola University New Orleans School of Music, internationally acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has introduced a new approach of teaching chamber music. The renowned virtuoso, who became the university’s first Resident Artist in Music in September 2015, is now enjoying her second year at Loyola. In a situation unique to university settings, Salerno-Sonnenberg has taught students in the Loyola Chamber Orchestra to perform as a conductor-less ensemble, a technique Salerno-Sonnenberg refined over eight years as music director of San Francisco’s acclaimed New Century Chamber Orchestra, one of a handful of conductor-less ensembles in the world.

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we are both training musicians of the future and educating music audiences of the future,” said Anthony Decuir, interim dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts.

“Through the Resident Artist program and Nadja’s residency, we are able to achieve both those goals. Nadja has helped to elevate the quality of our string program, working closely with our students and faculty and playing alongside them. She has also tapped an important audience hungry to learn more about classical music.”

Working together with Loyola music professors Jean Montes and Amy Thiaville, Salerno-Sonnenberg has effectively introduced the technique to the School of Music, ensuring that orchestra players are as comfortable working with and without a conductor.

As resident artist, Salerno-Sonnenberg works closely with string students and faculty. 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. 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.

“Louisiana’s long and strong musical history dates more than 300 years, and New Orleans is the perfect training ground for musicians,” said Meg Frazier, Rita O. Huntsinger Distinguished Professor of Music and Director of the School of Music. “Having a world-renowned talent like Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg serving as Loyola’s Resident Artist in Music sends a powerful message about the special place that artists—particularly musicians—occupy at Loyola and in the greater New Orleans and Louisiana communities.”

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

Her performances are a highlight of Loyola’s acclaimed Montage Fine and Performing Arts series, this season celebrating “The Creative American Spirit,” and showcasing some of the top arts events in the region, from concerts to theatre and ballet performances.

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