March 5, 2007

Press Contact:
Ann Lam, General Manager: 914-400-8380


New String Orchestra Brings the Finest Classical Music Has to Offer: Exceptional Skill and Fresh Love of the Art

The Camerata Notturna, an emerging new voice in the New York chamber orchestra scene, performs a concert on March 24th at 8 PM at Advent Lutheran Church (93rd and Broadway), featuring rising stars and lifelong friends, Ayano Ninomiya, violin, and Melissa Reardon, viola, in Mozart's Sinfonia concertante, K. 364.

Violinist Ayano Ninomiya won second prize at the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and has appeared extensively as soloist with orchestras across the world, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her New York recital debut was hailed by the New York Times as "gripping ... deeply communicative and engrossing," and the Philadelphia Inquirer deemed her recent performance of the Sinfonia concertante as "the single best Mozart performance of the year [in Philadelphia] ... performed with a sparkling freshness you usually hear in your dreams." Violist Melissa Reardon, first-prize winner in the Washington International Competition and the HAMS International Viola Competition, enjoys a busy performance career as a member of the acclaimed Enso String Quartet. She has also performed with members of the Guarneri, Brentano, Borromeo, and St. Lawrence quartets, as well as Gidon Kremer, Menachem Pressler, and Lynn Harrell. Ayano and Melissa were formerly founding members of the Amaryllis String Quartet (1991-2000) that performed at the Kennedy Library, Caramoor Music Festival, Jordan Hall, and numerous festivals.

The Camerata Notturna is a community orchestra of the highest caliber, comprised of young professional musicians and accomplished amateur players. Members of the group have won prizes in international and national competitions, such as NFAA Arts, Seventeen Magazine-GM, Corpus Christi, and Fischoff; appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, and the orchestras of Juilliard and Curtis; and have served as leaders of the university orchestras of Columbia, Oxford, Yale, Princeton, and Harvard. Many of the members are also successful freelance musicians, music educators, doctors, lawyers, and scientists.

Their shared bond is their commitment to music and their impassioned zeal for the chamber orchestra repertoire, both traditional and contemporary. Led by acclaimed pianist, chamber musician, and conductor Jonathan Yates, the group has already performed or committed to perform world and regional premieres by several well-known composers, and will present a concert in May featuring the pianist Gilbert Kalish and the NY premiere of a work by Augusta Read Thomas.

Other featured works on the March 24th program include the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings and Lutoslawski's Overture for Strings. Tickets may be purchased at the door or on-line at General Admission: $15; Students/Seniors: $10. General information about the group may be found at the Orchestra's website, For additional information, contact the orchestra's General Manager: Ann Lam (914-400-8380,