New Century Chamber Orchestra

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
New Century Chamber Orchestra is one of only a handful of conductorless ensembles in the world, allowing musical decisions to be made collaboratively by the 19-member string orchestra. The ensemble performs locally in Palo Alto, Berkeley, San Rafael, and San Francisco, providing opportunities for more than 6,000 listeners throughout the Bay Area to experience both traditional classical works and pieces from other genres—including jazz and rock—brought into a chamber orchestra setting. Renewed funding will support the organization during the transition of longstanding music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s final season, and ongoing efforts to build local audiences during its 25th anniversary 2017–18 season.
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1668 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA, 94109-5308, United States
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for general operating support  
New Century Chamber Orchestra pursues its mission to be a virtuoso, conductorless string ensemble, while leveraging the energy and leadership of world-renowned violin soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, whose tenure as music director has seen Bay Area subscription audiences almost double since 2008. Reaching 4,000 audience members through four musical programs performed in local concert halls, in Palo Alto, Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Rafael, New Century enjoys a reputation for innovative programming and is in high demand for touring outside California. Renewed support would enable the organization to deepen its school education program, increase its subscription weeks from four to five, and continue to build financial stability.
for general operating support  
New Century Chamber Orchestra is conductorless, 19-member string chamber orchestra. Each year the orchestra performs at various Bay Area venues, offering 16 performances of classical and new music to 4,000 audience members. The orchestra regularly performs with guest artists and offers one-time performances outside of its home season. Its local outreach program serves more than 1,400 youth and adults from 21 schools, senior centers, and other community organizations. This grant for New Century Chamber Orchestra supports the Performing Arts Program’s Continuity and Engagement strategy, through the Traditional Works component.

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