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.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
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The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
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