Vail to experience violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
VAIL — The Philadelphia Orchestra continues its Bravo! Vail residency Sunday night with Nadja and Appalachian Spring, a concert featuring world-acclaimed violinist and Vail favorite Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in performances of two virtuosic French violin works: Ravel’s Tzigane and Saint-Saens’s Havanaise. Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero will lead Salerno-Sonnenberg and The Philadelphia Orchestra in this concert. Masterpieces for the violin, Ravel’s Tzigane and Saint-Saens’s Havanaise, are heralded as two of the repertoire’s most enthralling concert showpieces, enjoyed equally by audiences and musicians. This concert also features one the best-loved works of 20th-century American music, Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring, as well as American composer Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonia No. 4, a work that received its world premiere under the baton of Guerrero in 2009 with the Nashville Symphony.
Sierra’s Sinfonia No. 4 is the first work composed for the Sphinx Commissioning Consortium, which has joined with the Sphinx Organization to promote diversity in the nation’s orchestras by commissioning new works from African-American and Latino composers.
In 2003, Sierra was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his “brilliant music, mixing fresh and personal melodic lines with sparkling harmonies and striking rhythms …” Sierra has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Milwaukee, Puerto Rico and New Mexico Symphonies and The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Guerrero is music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency. Recognized as a fervent advocate of new music and contemporary composers, Guerrero recently led the Nashville Symphony to a Grammy Award win for a second consecutive year with the recording of American composer Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra.
Tickets are on sale at bravovail.org or by calling 877-812-5700.