Based in San Francisco, the string ensemble is one of a handful of conductorless ensembles in the world and will be performing at 8 p.m. Thursday at East Carolina University’s Wright Auditorium. The program, which is part of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series, will consist of Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 10 in B minor, William Bolcom’s “Romanza” for Violin and String Orchestra, Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” and Richard Strauss’ “Metamorphosen.”
Renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg is the musical director and one of 19 musicians that make up the orchestra. Though she leads the group through its performances, planning the programs during rehearsals entails considering opinions from everyone in the group.
“I think that we show a lot more bipartisanship than the government,” Salerno-Sonnenburg said. “The rehearsal process is democratic in that there is no conductor. It is my decision as the music director, but I wanted every member to have an equal say in how we play the piece, how we fix the problems and how we create the interpretation that we want.”
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