NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – Presents “Mastery of Schubert”, Featuring Soprano Melody Moore, 3/24–27

Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra return to the Bay Area with concerts featuring the music of Franz Schubert. Bay Area soprano Melody Moore joins the orchestra for an evening of Schubert Lieder. The program also includes Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 and Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as violin soloist. These are New Century’s first performances having recently returned from their highly successful tour of the Midwest and California.

“Mastery of Shubert” will be presented four times around the Bay Area: Thursday, March 24th at 8:00 pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley; Friday, March 25th at 8:00 pm, First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto; Saturday, March 26th at 8:00 pm, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco; and Sunday, March 27th at 5:00 pm, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael. New Century offers an Open Rehearsal at 10:00 am on Monday, March 21st in the Herbst Theater at a special ticket price of $8.00.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg — Melody Moore

Come September 10th, the eve of the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, Melody Moore will be featured in the second production of San Francisco Opera’s 2011 Fall Season – the world premiere of HEART OF A SOLDIER. The opera, commissioned by General Director David Gockley and composed by Christopher Theofanidis, is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by journalist James B. Stewart. Most recently, Ms. Moore appeared with San Francisco Ballet performing a set of songs by Kurt Weill for the company’s production of Nanna’s Lied choreographed by Helgi Tomasson. stated that the production was enriched “by the enticing beauty and dramatic intensity of Melody Moore’s rich soprano as it filled the War Memorial Opera House with love and longing, mischief and despair. Moore is the ever-alluring heroine of composer Kurt Weill and the dream soprano of his original interpreter and companion, Lotte Lenya.” Other ecent and critically acclaimed performances include appearances with English National Opera – as “Mimi” in Jonathan Miller’s new  production of La Boheme and as “Marguerite” in Des McAnuff’s new production of Faust. Ms. Moore has also performed Mimi with San Francisco Opera and Opera Cleveland. She appeared as “Countess Almaviva” with SF Opera and LA Opera, in the title role of Manon Lescaut with New Orleans Opera, as “Suor Angelica” with Orlando Opera, and as “Donna Anna” with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Melody is a 2007 Adler Fellow and former Merola Opera Program participant.


The New Century Chamber Orchestra, one of only a handful of conductor-less ensembles in the world, was founded in 1992. Musical decisions are made collaboratively by the 18-member string ensemble, made up of local musicians and those who travel from across the U.S. and Europe to perform together. World-renowned violin soloist, chamber musician and recording artist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joined the ensemble as Music Director and Concertmaster in January 2008. As part of its dedication to the future of music and to the community which especially nurtured the organization in its early days in Marin County, New Century provides violin lessons to underserved students in Marin City and San Rafael’s Canal District. String quartets of New Century members also give intimate classroom presentations in Bay Area elementary schools.

A powerful and innovative presence on the recording scene, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg continues to enrich the collection of her record label NSS Music, which she started in 2005. The label already features Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg’s Merry (a compilation of Christmas favorites, performed by Nadja and friends), Nadja (Tchaikovsky and Clarice Assad, violin concertos), and Live (Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Anne-Marie McDermott). 2009 featured the release in April of Originis, recorded by Nadja and the Assad brothers, Sergio and Odair, and in August of her first CD with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, featuring Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.


BACH: Violin Concerto in E Major. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

SCHUBERT (arr. Assad): Lieder. Melody Moore, soprano
An den Mond, D. 259

An den Mond, D. 296

Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118

Sehnsucht, D. 636, Op. 39

MENDELSSOHN: Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 

CONCERT SCHEDULE: Click on the date to order tickets on-line

Thursday, March 24th at 8:00 pm – First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

NCCO, Friday, March 25th at 8:00 pm – First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Saturday, March 26th at 8:00 pm – Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

Sunday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at:

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