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Loyola Presents Acclaimed Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, The Loyola Strings for Performance Nov. 2 at Loyola

Loyola press release - October 24, 2018

Loyola Presents the acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and The Loyola Strings for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 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.

“There are few relationships in a young person’s life that are more valuable and influential than that of the student and teacher. Not unlike a parent, we as faculty are here to infuse them with as much information as they can absorb, and most importantly ... to prepare them for what will hopefully be a bright and successful future,” said Salerno-Sonnenberg, who received an honorary degree from Loyola in May 2018.

The November 2 concert emphasizes the teacher-student relationship, according to Salerno-Sonnenberg. Both students and teachers will appear as soloists. The program includes two Vivaldi concertos, a movement of Tchaikovsky’s “String Serenade,” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Otono” and “Oblivion” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Loyola faculty member and cellist Philip Von Maltzahn and his student Emily Alves will solo in the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto. Extraordinary Professor of Violin Amy Thiaville and her student Aspen Barker will solo in the Vivaldi “Double Violin Concerto.” Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will be the soloist for both Piazzolla works.

Now a member of the faculty of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is in her fourth 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.