LIVE: The New Century Chamber Orchestra @ the Massry Center, 11/12/11

Nadia Salerno Sonnenberg

Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg

Virtuoso violinist Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg led the 19-piece New Century Chamber Orchestra into the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany earlier this month, delivering a performance of compositions by Rossini, Barber, Bolcom, Mendelssohn and Buarque that were brimming over with intensity and passion.

REVIEWS:
B.A. Nilsson’s review at Metroland
Joseph Dalton’s review at The Times Union
Excerpt from Geraldine Freeman’s review at The Daily Gazette: “As a soloist, Salerno-Sonnenberg is a force to be reckoned with: Intense, passionate, and focused, she has a matchless technique of such clarity that every note seems to have a life of its own. As a concertmistress, she invigorated her players for always more, and they responded. She also has humor and style: each player sported something red (Salerno-Sonnenberg wore red shoes). They began with Rossini’s early effort: his Sonata No. 1 in G Major from a set of six sonatas written when he was 12. They played the three movements with a light bow, good pitch, strong accents, good balances and a lot of buoyant spirit. Barber’s Adagio for Strings, which they recorded in 2010, is usually performed as an intimate invocation that borders on a sigh. The piece builds to a climax before it settles and dies away — but not with Salerno-Sonnenberg at the helm. Passion ruled the day.”

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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