Cancellation: Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott

02/23/2006

Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg--called by one critic "a master musician at the height of her powers"--will play a program of Brahms sonatas with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 2. The third and final offering in the yearlong Ithaca College Concerts season "Return Engagements," the performance will take place at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

The 2005-6 concert series features performers returning to the Ford Hall stage. Salerno-Sonnenberg last appeared at the College in 1997 as soloist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies. McDermott appeared last season, substituting for an ailing Leon Fleischer on a chamber music concert.

Tickets are on sale at the Clinton House ticket center and at the Willard Straight Hall box office. For ticket information call (607) 273-4497 or 800-284-8422.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Children, senior citizens, and Ithaca College students -- $10.00
Ithaca College alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators; Friends of Ithaca College; other students -- $16.50
General public -- $20.00

Since bursting onto the scene in 1981 as the youngest recipient ever of the Walter W. Naumberg International Violin Competition, Salerno-Sonnenberg is celebrated worldwide as one of the most original and fearless artists on the concert stage. Renowned for her electrifying performances, passionate interpretations, and musical depth, she is sought after by today's greatest conductors and orchestras as well as by fellow artists for collaborations in both classical and other genres.

Salerno-Sonnenberg has recently performed with some of North America's most celebrated orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In addition to working with guitarists Sergio, Odiar, and Badi Assad, Salerno-Sonnenberg has enjoyed a richly rewarding collaboration with Anne-Marie McDermott.

A luminous, boldly emotive pianist who conveys great sensitivity and spirituality through her playing, McDermott is at home with a wide range of repertoire, from Bach and Mozart to Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. Whether a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, or as part of a chamber music ensemble, she conveys the message of the composer in deeply felt, spontaneous playing.

For more information on Salerno-Sonnenberg, visit www.nadjasalernosonnenberg.com.

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