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Festival Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor, with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

Christian Steiner

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Event  Information

July 9, 2011 - Greensboro, NC:

This preview has been provided by the Eastern Music Festival.


Greensboro, NCEastern Music Festival (EMF) welcomes world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 8:00pm at Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, as part of the Lincoln Financial Festival Orchestra Series.

Repertoire for the evening includes: R. Strauss: Don Juan, op.20; Peter Boyer: Festivities (An EMF World Premiere); Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op.26; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op.47.

Internationally-acclaimed soloist and chamber musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is best known for her exciting performances, passionate interpretations and charismatic personality. An innovative artist, her daring, dedication and enthusiasm for all facets of her career have resulted in her becoming one of today’s leading violinists, renowned for her work on the concert stage, in the recording studio and in her role as music director of the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra, which she joined in January 2008.

A powerful and creative presence on the recording scene, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg continues to enrich the collection of her record label, NSS MUSIC, which she started in 2005. With New Century, Nadja has released two records for NSS MUSIC.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s exceptional artistry is paired with great musical intelligence which, along with her unique personality, has served her well in numerous environments. She was the subject of the 2000 Academy Award-nominated film, Speaking in Strings, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Released in theaters nationwide and subsequently premiered on HBO’s Signatures channel in 1999, this intensely personal documentary on her life is available on VHS and DVD through New Video.

Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg’s 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 she was honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, awarded to instrumentalists who have demonstrated “outstanding achievement and excellence in music.” In May of that same year, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg was awarded an honorary Master of Musical Arts from the New Mexico State University, the first honorary degree the University had ever awarded. An American citizen, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg was born in Rome and emigrated to the United States at the age of eight to study at The Curtis Institute of Music. She later studied with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. 

For more information on Nadja, please visit http://www.nadjasalernosonnenberg.com, http://www.nssmusic.com and http://www.ncco.org, as well as Facebook and Myspace.

Tickets for Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin, are $41, General Admission, and $51, Reserved Seating.  They can be purchased online at www.EasternMusicFestival.org or by calling the EMF Box Office at Triad Stage at 336.272.0160 or 866.579.TIXX.  The event will be held in Dana Auditorium at Guilford College on July 9, 2011. 

About Eastern Music Festival

The Eastern Music Festival’s mission is to promote musical enrichment, excellence, professional collaboration, innovation, and diversity through a nationally-recognized teaching program, music festival, concerts, and other programs which will enhance the quality of life, health, and vitality of our region. 

The Eastern Music Festival and School, founded in 1961 in Greensboro, North Carolina by Sheldon Morgenstern, is an internationally-renowned classical music festival and institute for young musicians that runs for five weeks each summer. The institute accepts students ages 14 through 22 from around the country and the world. The EMF faculty consists of world-class performing artists selected from top orchestras and music schools nationally and internationally.  Gerard Schwarz serves as the music director and principal conductor for the Festival, and also serves as music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.  The upcoming 2011 season will mark Eastern Music Festival’s 50th anniversary in the Piedmont.

The 2011 Eastern Music Festival season is sponsored, in part, with support from Lincoln Financial Group, Holiday Tours, Triad Stage, The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, Davenport, Marvin, Joyce & Co, LLP., Pennybyrn at Maryfield, McMillion Capital Management, Inc., Well•Spring Retirement Community, Steinway & Sons, Piedmont Music Center, WFDD, WDAV, Yes! Weekly, the Thomas S. Kenan Foundation, the Mebane Charitable Foundation, UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Sign-A-Rama, the Greensboro Historical Museum, WCPE, Rice Toyota, and Norman B. Smith. 

Proximity and O.Henry Hotel are the Official Hotels of EMF.

SABIAN is the official cymbal of the Eastern Music Festival.

Eastern Music Festival is supported with an investment from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro.  This project received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

For the most up-to-date Festival information, be sure to follow us Facebook (Eastern Music-Festival) and Twitter (EMFGreensboro).

*Dates, programs, venues, and artists are subject to change.

For more information about the Eastern Music Festival & School, visit www.EasternMusicFestival.org.

EMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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