New Century heads into their second Midwest concert tonight, and already with a rave review. Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote the following of last night’s performance:
Having arrived Tuesday before the storm, music director Salerno-Sonnenberg and her 19-member string ensemble from the San Francisco Bay Area were more than warmed-up for Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” the following night. They were, to put it mildly, in sizzling form in this suave and haunting music.
Rosenberg went on to praise the intensity of the players and the charismatic solos by the principals. Not to forget the rest of the program:
In the night’s other works, Salerno-Sonnenberg led from the concertmaster’s chair, exerting firm control over phrasing, dynamics and colors, sometimes to quirky effect. Wolf’s Italian Serenade received frisky, nimble treatment, while Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances went their exuberant and exotic way, thanks partly to debonair solos from Salerno-Sonnenberg and peers.
The orchestra also immersed itself into Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, playing with warmth, vigor and mannerisms that often shifted the emphasis to details, rather than the big picture.
Click here to read the review, “Violinist Salerno-Sonnenberg and colleagues sizzle in Piazzolla suite,” in its entirety.