Santa's tune has never been played in quite the same way...


Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: she's passionate, adventurous, fearless and FUN!

Celebrate the holidays
with one of today's renowned violinists and her fabulous friends from the world of Broadway, jazz, opera and classical music as they take a festive tour through the musical genres.

They capture the holiday spirit in a delightfully inventive album of holiday favorites specially arranged, mostly by Clarice Assad, for Nadja and friends.

Nadja & Friends

When tradition meets innovative eclecticism as in this album, those all too familiar yuletide tunes perk up with a fresh sound that makes you feel as if you're hearing them for the very first time.

CLICK BELOW to hear Santa's tune again, and a couple more.  Chances are, Nadja's "MERRY: A Holiday Journey" will earn a special place in your hearts and in your collection of Christmas music.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
(Track 1)
Silent Night
(Track 3)
Christmas Medley
(Track 9)
A Merry Little Christmas
(Track 10)

Nadja's FRIENDS: Gustavo Amarante - electric bassist; Orest Artymiw, violinist; Clarice Assad, jazz pianist and vocals; Odair Assad, guitarist; Sergio Assad, guitarist; Judy Blazer, vocals; Sarah Gartshore, soprano; Richard Hotchkiss, cellist; Matthias Kunzli, drummer; Raymond Mase, trumpet; Anne-Marie MacDermott, pianist; Richard Raub, organist; Fred Sherry, cellist; Ellen Trainer, violist; John Tenaglia, Choir Director; St. Peter Adult Choir of St Peter Roman Catholic Church.
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is internationally acclaimed for her fiery concert performances. Her original and bold interpretations of violin masterpieces in a style that has both flamboyance and depth, make her among the most sought after artists of her generation.

Born in Rome, she moved to the US at the age of eight to study at the Curtis Institute of Music and later at the Juilliard School with the late Dorothy DeLay. Her professional career began in 1981 when she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition.  She has since made her mark as one of the top performing and recording artists of her generation. In 1999 she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize for "outstanding achievement and excellence in music."   With  over 20 CDs to her name, she has recorded for Nonesuch and Angel/EMI Classics, with guest appearances on the Sony, RCA Victor/BMG and OMAC labels.

Ever the groundbreaker, in 2005 she launched NSS Music, her own recording label which speciliazes in live performances. She envisions it as a haven for performing artists, with the goal of recording both new and established works across the musical genres. "Merry: A Holiday Journey" is the fifh CD on her new label, and its release celebrates the company's first anniversary as well as the fulfillment of a long-held dream of recording an album of her Christmas favorites.
CHECK OUT the other recordings on the NSS Music label (clicking on title takes you to

1. LIVE! with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin and Anne-Marie McDermott, piano featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Kreisler, Poulenc and Schubert, introduced by Nadja Salerno-Sonneneberg

2. NADJA -
Tchaikovsky & Assad: Concertos in D major with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (Music Director Laureate) conducting

3. John Cerminaro: A Life of Music with John Cerminaro, horn, playing works by Glière, Mozart, R. Strauss and Amram.
4. Anne-Marie McDermott Plays Bach:  English Suite No 2 in A minor, Partita No. 1 in B flat, Partita No. 2 in C minor, English Suite No. 3in G minor

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