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Event: 'An Intimate Recital With Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg '

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Date: Saturday, March 15, 2008 At 07:30 PM
Duration: 1 Day


NOCCA, 2800 Chartres Street



February 15, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Sensational and unmistakable, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is one of the world's preeminent violinists. A musician, author, and teacher, Nadja is known for her passionate, powerful sound, and her fiercely energetic presence--not to mention her love for Louisiana crawfish!



On Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 7:30pm, Nadja will take a break from her orchestral performance schedule to give an intimate recital at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, a luminous, boldly emotive musician renowned for the sensitivity and spirituality of her playing. Together, these musicians are widely celebrated for their expressive performances on the world's most illustrious stages.



Audience members are in for a very special, rare treat, with this wide-ranging program that reflects the diversity of Nadja's interests and recordings in recent years--including works by Debussy, Bach, and Franck. Following the recital, attendees are invited to join Nadja and Anne-Marie for a complimentary champagne reception hosted by Sucr�!



Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime concert event are $75 and can be reserved by visiting NOCCA.com or by calling 504 940 2900. Both the performance and the reception will take place at NOCCA, which is located at 2800 Chartres Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.



PHOTOS AND INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE!

PLEASE CALL 504 940 2808 OR EMAIL rread@noccainstitute.com.





BIOGRAPHIES



NADJA SALERNO-SONNENBERG

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg stands out in the field of classical music. Individual, passionate and powerful sound, a risk-taking persona and energetic presence are her trademarks. A musician, author, and teacher, Nadja is recognized as one of the world's preeminent violinists. Since 1981, when she burst onto the music scene as the youngest recipient ever of the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition, Nadja has remained in the media spotlight. A guest on NBC's The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson numerous times, Nadja has been featured on CBS' 60 Minutes, Nightwatch, and Sunday Morning, NBC's National News, and has been A&E's Artist of the Week with Elliot Forrest. She has also been featured on PBS' Live From Lincoln Center, Backstage/Lincoln Center, Journey, The Charlie Rose Show, City Arts, and Bravo's The Art of Influence, not to mention the PBS/BBC series The Mind, PBS' Sessions at West 54th, a PBS special presentation, Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Music of Bernstein, Barber & Beethoven, and PBS' Children's Television Workshop's award winning program Sesame Street. In May 1999, CBS' 60 Minutes II aired a follow-up to their 1986 feature, highlighting the last 13 years of her career.



A highly acclaimed recording artist, Nadja's numerous classical recordings are released on the Angel/EMI Classic and Nonesuch labels. A sought-after artist who has performed with many of the world's greatest conductors and orchestras and at major international festivals, she has played at the White House in a command performance for the Arts & Humanities Awards. She has also collaborated with such artists as Mandy Patinkin, Joe Jackson, Judy Blazer, Janice Siegel, the Assad brothers, Mark O'Connor and Roger Kellaway.



Born in Rome, Nadja emigrated to the Unites States at the age of eight to study at The Curtis Institute of Music and later studied with Dorothy DeLay at The Julliard School. In 1989, she wrote Nadja: On My Way, an autobiography written for children, in which she shares her experiences as a young musician building a career. She is the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize (1999) awarded to the instrumentalists who have demonstrated "outstanding achievement and excellence in music." She has been honored with an Avery Fisher Career Grant (1983), and in 1988 was Ovations Debut Recording Artist of the Year. She is in Who's Who of American Women and is also the recipient of an honorary Masters of Musical Arts from the New Mexico State University (May 1999), the first honorary degree the University has ever awarded.



ANNE-MARIE MCDERMOTT

A luminous, boldly emotive pianist who also conveys great sensitivity and spirituality through her playing, Anne-Marie McDermott is widely celebrated for her expressive performances on the world's most illustrious stages. A highly versatile musician, Ms. McDermott is at home with a wide range of repertory, from Bach and Mozart to Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. As a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra or as part of a chamber music ensemble, Ms. McDermott conveys the message of the composer in deeply felt, spontaneous playing.



Ms. McDermott's 1997 debut with the New York Philharmonic under Christian Thielemann was a great success and has been followed in recent seasons by highly successful performances with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Rochester, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, Columbus and others. She toured to 13 American cities with the Australian Chamber Orchestra during the 1999-2000 season with an unusual program of Prokofiev, SHostakovich and Britten.



Performances earlier in her career included Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, Hans Graf conducting; the Hong Kong Philharmonic under David Atherton; the Kennedy Center with Gerard Schwarz; the Brandenburg Ensemble under Alexander Schneider at Kennedy Center in Washington; the Moscow Virtuosi with Vladimir Spivakov at Boston's Symphony Hall and New York's Avery Fisher Hall; and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Her numerous recital engagements have included New York's 92nd Street Y and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and San Francisco's Herbst Theatre.



Highlights of Anne-Marie McDermott's past two seasons have included numerous solo recitals and orchestral appearances: with the Guarneri String Quartet on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Concert & Lecture Series; as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony; continued performances as an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; as a member of the Stage One jury of Honens International Piano Competition; and duo performances with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She recently performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Nashville Symphony, Robert Bernhardt conducting, and was guest soloist with the Memphis Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony and the Virginia Symphony, among others. With the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. McDermott had a special collaboration with the Miami String Quartet, performing Dohnanyi's Piano Quintet No. 1.



A passionate champion of the music of Prokofiev, Anne-Marie McDermott continues her association with this demanding repertory, performing the complete cycle of sonatas at the Lincoln Center Festival in July 2003. She performed this cycle at the University of Arizona (including a master class, panel discussion and outreach event), in February 2003; at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon (the complete Piano sonatas plus chamber music works), in March 2003; and at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall (the complete sonatas) in May 2003. She finished recording the complete cycle of sonatas and chamber works for Arabesque Recordings, with the first three volumes to be released in July 2003. The remaining volumes (4-6) will be released between 2004 and 2006. In the spring of 2001 she released a critically praised all-Bach recording on the GMN label.



In 1992 Ms. McDermott stepped in at the last moment as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony to play the Mozart Concerto K. 466 for an indisposed Murray Perahia. Her performance of this concerto the previous year, with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, had won her the Silver Medal in Japan's First Hamamatsu Piano Competition. In the spring of 1995, she returned to Japan for her debut recital tour, and will return there in 2004.



Sought after by major festivals such as Mainly Mozart, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Angel Fire, and Bravo Vail Valley, Anne-Marie McDermott regularly performs recitals and chamber concerts throughout the United States and abroad. She has appeared at many other festivals including Santa Fe, Spoleto, Chamber Music Northwest, Newport, the Dubrovnik Festival in the former Yugoslavia, and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico.



A winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions, Anne-Marie McDermott was also the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Development Award, the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, the Joseph Kalichstein Piano Prize, the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, the Bruce Hungerford Memorial Prize, and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists.



Ms. McDermott began playing the Piano at age 5. From the beginning, she realized that music was the most natural language for her, the one in which she could express the broadest range of human emotions. By 12 she had performed the Mendelssohn Concerto in G minor with the National Orchestral Association at Carnegie Hall. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student with Dalmo Carra, Constance Keene and John Browning, and participated in master classes with such highly respected Artists as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Misha Dichter, Abbey Simon, Rosalyn Tureck, Michael Tilson Thomas and Mstislav Rostropovich.



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