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NSS and NCCO at Strathmore

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Charles T. Downey, A cohesive-sounding, conductorless New Century Chamber Orchestra at Strathmore
Washington Post, February 1, 2013

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Strauss, Metamorphosen (inter alia), New Century Chamber Orchestra, N. Salerno-Sonnenberg
The love-hate relationship between orchestras and the conductors who lead them was brilliantly evoked by Federico Fellini. In the Italian director’s film “Prova d’orchestra,” a feisty orchestra rebels against its imperious conductor, knocking over his lectern and replacing him with a giant metronome.

The musicians of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra did much the same in 1992, forming a group that had no conductor. Their concert Wednesday night, presented at Strathmore by Washington Performing Arts Society, offered the chance to hear them with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, who became their music director in 2008. [Continue reading]
New Century Chamber Orchestra
With Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin and direction
Part of third national tour
Music Center at Strathmore

Bach, Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 (see manuscript parts, with two copies of the continuo part, one for cello/violone and one for harpsichord)
Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
R. Strauss, Metamorphosen

David Littlejohn, All Strings Attached (Wall Street Journal, January 21)
(The group’s regular bassist, Tony Manzo, also plays for the National Symphony Orchestra and is missing the NCCO's January tour in order to participate in the NSO's European tour.)

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