Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg has her three final concerts this week as the Music Director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, which coincide with the ending of the ensemble’s 25th anniversary season. To celebrate and say farewell, she’s planned a festival at Herbst Theatre, this Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings. The repertoire will be different each night, but aims to showcase the NCCO’s talents and history.
There’s more information at the New Century Chamber Orchestra’s website.
The first of the three concerts is called ‘New Century Creations,’ with repertoire written for the group by their featured composers – including Clarice Assad, Lera Auerbach, Derek Bermel, Michael Daugherty, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Jennifer Higdon and more highlights the musical partnerships that Salerno-Sonnenberg has forged, while expanding the string chamber orchestra repertoire. The second concert is Vivaldi and Piazzolla’s interpretations of the Four Seasons, with Salerno-Sonnenberg as soloist, and the finale will be an all-Gershwin program, with guests pianists Anne-Marie McDermott (who will play Rhapsody in Blue with them) and singers Melody Moore and Efrain Solis.
As New Century Chamber Orchestra looks for a new Music Director, they’ll be in good hands – violinist Daniel Hope was announced to be their ‘Artistic Partner’ over the next three years, to help the transition. For her part, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg says, although it’s a bittersweet time, she sees her ensemble as up to the challenge of finding a new leader. “I’m enjoying every second I can… I feel very proud of what we’ve accomplished during my time here, and I feel that I can walk away, knowing and feeling good about what was done here, and knowing they have a very very beautiful bright future.”