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Acclaimed Violinist, Pianist to Perform in Concert at SU

Published on March 30, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and acclaimed pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will perform for audiences at Susquehanna University on April 8 at 8 p.m. at the university’s Degenstein Center Theater.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is widely considered one of the leading violinists of our time. She has appeared recently as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, Long Island Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and San Antonio Symphony, among others. Her most recent recording, "Together," includes Impressions by Clarice Assad, Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, and Gershwin's Bess You Is My Woman Now from Porgy and Bess arranged for string orchestra. She has appeared on such television programs as Backstage/Live from Lincoln Center on PBS, the PBS/BBC series The Mind, 60 Minutes, The Tonight Show and The Charlies Rose Show, among others. She was the subject of the 2000 Academy Award-nominated film, Speaking in Strings, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her autobiography, Nadja: On My Way (Crown Books, 1989), was written for children about her experiences as a young musician building a career.

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs more than 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. Her repertoire choices are eclectic, ranging from Bach and Haydn; to Prokofiev and Scriabin; to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen. Her recent Bach and Gershwin recordings received rave reviews. McDermott has performed with many leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony, among others. She has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi. As a chamber music performer, McDermott was named an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1995 and performs and tours extensively with the group each season. She also is a member of the renowned piano quartet Opus One.

As a duo, Salerno-Sonnenberg and McDermott have released a CD titled “Live” and plan to release the Complete Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas.

While the concert is free and open to the public, tickets are required for seating. They can be picked up at the Susquehanna University box office or ordered by calling 570-372-ARTS.

The event is sponsored by the Stella Freeman Weis Cultural Endowment, which annually sponsors critically acclaimed artists in performance at Susquehanna. The fund was established in 1976 by Robert and Patricia Weis in memory of his mother.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.


Karen M. Jones

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