Eastern Festival Orchestra July 3 and 10 at ASU
An Appalachian Summer Festival welcomes the return of the Eastern Festival Orchestra with conductor Gerard Schwarz and guest vocalist Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano, on Sunday, July 3, and guest violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on Sunday, July 10, with a special ticketed
pre-concert event, "Conversation with the Conductor," at Crave Restaurant in Boone.
Both performances will be held in Farthing Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale and be purchased by calling (800) 841-ARTS or (828) 262-4046 or visiting http://www.appsummer.org.
These performances are sponsored by Northern Trust. Pre-concert concessions are provided by Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants and Crippen's Country Inn (July 3) and Broyhill Inn's Jackson Dining Room (July 10).
The Eastern Festival Orchestra's performance on July 3 at 8 p.m. at Farthing Auditorium under the wand of conductor Gerard Schwarz will include selections from Pierre Jalbert, Mozart, Handel, Bizet, Lehár and Brahms. Susan Graham will be performing Lehár's Vilja "Lied from Die Lustige Witwe. "
Each season since 2001, An Appalachian Summer Festival has presented the Eastern Festival Orchestra. A longtime audience favorite, the orchestra appears with the world's finest soloists under the baton of the world-renowned Schwarz.
Internationally recognized for his engaging performances, innovative programming and renowned recording history, Schwarz has an extensive discography of some 265 releases that showcase his collaborations with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra; the Tokyo, Czech and Royal Liverpool philharmonics; the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra National de France and Berlin Radio Symphony; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; and the New York Chamber and Seattle symphonies. His undeniable passion and drive has brought him 13 Grammy nominations and two Emmy Awards.
Grammy Award-winner Susan Graham is one of the world's foremost stars of opera and recital and is a compelling and versatile singing actress. She studied at Texas Tech University and the Manhattan School of Music and won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Schwabacher Award from San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program.
The New Yorker says, "Graham's mezzo-soprano is a voice without regrets, healthy, rounded, ineffably musical and eager for a challenge."
At home and abroad, she has sung leading roles in the great opera houses of the world, including Milan's La Scala, the Royal Opera House and Vienna State Opera, among others.
The Eastern Festival Orchestra's performance on July 10 at 8 p.m. at Farthing Auditorium under the wand Schwarz will include selections from Strauss, Peter Boyer, Bruch and Shostakovich. A solo performance by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will be of Bruch's "Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, op.26."
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is best known for her exhilarating performances passionate interpretations and unique charisma. She was born in Rome and moved to the United States at the age of 8 to study at the Curtis Institute and later at Julliard.
She began her professional career in 1981 when she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition.
Salerno-Sonnenberg has started her own record label, NSS Music, and has also published a biography, entitled "Nadja: On My Way," which chronicles her experiences as a young musician building her career. She currently serves as music director for the New Century Chamber Orchestra. http://www.NadjaSalernoSonnenberg.com and http://www.nssmusic.com.
Prior to the July 10 evening performance of the Eastern Festival Orchestra, featuring Salerno-Sonnenberg, a pre-concert event with the conductor Schwarz will take place at Crave Restaurant at 5 p.m. During this event, Schwarz will candidly share his experiences and insights as a symphony conductor. The cost is $85 per person and includes a five-course wine-tasting dinner, a ticket to the performance later that evening and round trip transportation from the restaurant. To reserve tickets, call (828) 262-4046 or (800) 841-ARTS.