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Loyola Presents Acclaimed Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, The Loyola Strings for Performance Apr. 21 at Loyola

Loyola press release - March 8, 2018

Loyola Presents the acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and The Loyola Strings as they celebrate the 300th birthday of New Orleans in a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

The Loyola Strings is an ensemble of student musicians who rehearse and perform together without a conductor as part of their academic training at the university. The ensemble includes music majors, as well as students who continue to study a string instrument while enrolled in other of Loyola's degree programs.

The April 21 concert gives a nod to dance, according to Salerno-Sonnenberg.

“There’s an immense amount of music that’s inspired by dance of all types,” says Salerno-Sonnenberg. "Since I wanted this concert to be a celebration, I've pulled together a program featuring a variety of dances.”

The April 21 program includes Michael Daugherty’s "Strut," Brahms’ "Hungarian Dances 5 and 6," Irish jigs from "St. Paul's Suite" by Gustov Holst, and the beloved "Danny Boy" from Percy Granger’s "Irish Tune." The Loyola Strings will wrap up the evening with the Happy Birthday Variations, its tricentennial gift to New Orleans.

“New Orleans is my home now,” says Salerno-Sonnenberg, who relocated to the Crescent City in 2017. “Planning this celebration could not be more satisfying and gratifying for me. We can’t wait to perform it!"

Now a member of the faculty of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is in her third year as the artistic director and instructor of the Loyola 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, coaches chamber ensembles and leads 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.

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