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Internationally Acclaimed Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Performs with Loyola Symphony Orchestra

Loyola press release - April 24, 2017

Salerno-Sonnenberg, 2017 CMFA Award Winners Spotlighted in Loyola Symphony Orchestra’s Final Concert of the Season

Internationally acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will perform as a special guest alongside the Loyola Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, 2017 on Loyola University’s campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall. Loyola Director of Orchestras Jean Montes will serve as conductor. The concert marks the Loyola Symphony Orchestra’s last performance during the 2016-2017 Montage Fine and Performing Arts season.

Special guests include Salerno-Sonnenberg, as well as Loyola University New Orleans students Cherita Covington, soprano; Jeffrey Wilson, cellist; and Avery Bell, composer. Covington and Wilson are the 2017 Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts Concerto/Aria competition winners and Bell is the College’s 2017 Composition competition winner.


The program is as follows:

FELIX MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)

EDWARD ELGAR Cello Concerto in E Minor Op. 85
Jeffrey Wilson, Cello

AVERY BELL Awakening (World Premiere)

ALFREDO CATALANI La Wally “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana”
Cherita Covington, Soprano

FELIX MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E Minor (Allegro Molto Vivace)
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Violin

Now enjoying her second year at Loyola University New Orleans School of Music, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has introduced a new approach to teaching chamber and orchestral music. The renowned virtuoso became the university’s first Resident Artist in Music in September 2015. 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 the past ten years as music director of San Francisco’s acclaimed New Century Chamber Orchestra, one of a handful of conductor-less ensembles in the world.

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 and has worked with string programs in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Slidell, Louisiana. 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 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.