On Saturday, June 28, area audiences will have them live at the Power Center as part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. They'll be playing pieces from their Gypsy CD plus red-light-district Argentinean tangos from Astor Piazzolla and a medley of songs from Charlie Chaplin movies. The Piazzolla tunes are specialties of the Assad brothers: they've played and recorded them with Gidon Kremer and Yo-Yo Ma on Grammy-winning discs. The Chaplin tunes reflect Salerno-Sonnenberg's interests: since her Humoresque CD, which took music from the 1947 movie and mixed it with pop songs of the day, Salerno-Sonnenberg has been reaching into the repertoire of movie music and finding some gems.
No matter how well the Power Center's air-conditioning works, it'll be hot in there when Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Assads take the stage.
[Originally published in June, 2003.]