Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg isn’t your typical concert violinist. The calm reserved world of classical music can’t keep this firecracker from exploding on stage, her hair flying, arm sawing, as music bursts out of her. She describes every single notes she plays as “full of vibrancy and meaning and excitement and tenderness and purpose and everything that makes music so damned intoxicating to begin with.”
At 8 years old, Salerno-Sonnenberg was recognized as a child prodigy, emigrating to the United States from Italy with her family to study at the Curtis Institute of Music. She later studied with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School and became the youngest winner ever of the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. In 1999 she received the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize awarded to instrumentalists who have demonstrated “outstanding achievement and excellence in music.” While she has played and recorded with renowned classical musicians, she also crosses over into other musical genres, collaborating with the likes of fiddler Mark O’Connor, vocalist Mandy Patinkin and Brit pianist Joe Jackson.
Salerno-Sonnenberg, who directs a chamber orchestra with a packed touring schedule, travels to Louisiana as often as she can. Her fascination with the bayou state started with New Orleans years ago and grew into a love affair with Acadiana as well. “New Orleans is a fabled city, but I love the people, the attitude as well. And I just can’t get enough of the food.” On a previous trip, at a reception after a performance, she asked what people do for fun in Lafayette. One pundit answered alligator hunting, so 47-year-old Salerno-Sonnenberg did just that during a September 2007 detour. “It was quite exciting,” she says. This year, she’s delighted to be arriving for a one-week residency at the height of crawfish season. “Don’t eat them all before I get there,” she says. “Save some for me.”
On March 12 at 6 p.m., Michael Blaney of UL’s Orchestral Department will deliver a talk, “Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: a Classical Perspective,” at Barnes & Noble (5705 Johnston St.). On March 14 at 7:30 p.m., the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana presents Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with Anne-Marie McDermott, a recital of works by Bach, Debussy and Franck, at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit www.pasaonline.org or call 237-2787.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
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The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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