This past Tuesday the New Century Chamber Orchestra (NCCO) announced that Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has extended her contract through the 2015–2016 season. Since her arrival in January 2008, the NCCO repertoire has expanded in many adventurous directions; and, as was evident from the announcement of the coming season this past June, that spirit of adventure is still going strong. In addition, Salerno-Sonnenberg has promoted the NCCO reputation across the country with both tours and releases of recordings on her own NSS label, the latter beginning with Together, which came out in August of 2009. The next such recording, A to Z: 21st Century Concertos, is scheduled for release next May and will featured Salerno-Sonnenberg as soloist in four violin concertos commissioned through the NCCO Featured Composer Program.
All of this news bodes well for the coming season. The next such concerto to be commissioned will be “Fallingwater for Solo Violin and Strings” by Michael Daugherty, This piece will explore the theme of legacy with particular attention to the Russian composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his student, Anton Arensky. This concerto will be performed in November; and, to prepare NCCO audiences for Daugherty’s distinctive style, the season will begin next month with a program entitled Daugherty Perspectives. This program will present six of Daugherty’s past works with a variety of different approaches to instrumentation:
- Viva, for solo Violin (Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin)
- Viola Zombie (for two violas)
- Regrets Only (for violin, cello, and piano)
- Sing Sing J. Edgar Hoover (for string quartet and tape)
- Elvis Everywhere (for string quartet and tape)
- Strut (for chamber orchestra)
The second half of the program will then feature the Czech composer Josef Suk’s Opus 6 serenade in E major for string orchestra.
Because the 2013–2014 season has not yet begun, NCCO subscriptions are still on sale. Full subscription packages range from $96 to $216; three-concert subscription packages are also available, which range from $72 to $162. Subscriptions may be purchased online from a special page set up on the NCCO Web site. Single tickets range in price from $29 to $59 and are now on sale through the City Box Office Web site, with an event page in place for this first concert, or at 415-392-4400. Discounted single tickets will be available for patrons under 35. Further information is available by calling 415-357-1111, extension 4.The San Francisco performance of Daugherty Perspectives will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, in the Lam Research Theater at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.