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SPRING 2018 I talian A merican D igest PAGE 19 s p o t l i g h t on Italian Americans in the New Orleans Area Dan Lauricella Combining his love of music, construction experience, and connec- tions to his Italian heritage, entrepre- neur Daniel Lauricella has struck the perfect balance with his latest ven- ture: New Orleans Record Press. Born and raised in Brockton, Mass., Lauricella comes from a fam- ily with strong Italian roots. “My great grandfather came to America from Porto Empedocle, on the south- ern coast of Sicily,” he said. “My father was raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston; It was the typical multi-generational, multi- storey, Italian family household.” Lauricella grew up learning the construction trade from his father, a skill that would later serve him well. After studying music at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., he decided to hit the road. “I had been very for- tunate to do a lot of traveling when I was growing up, but it was mostly in Europe. I had not, until that point, seen much of America outside of New England. So I got in my car and drove. I was tired of Massachusetts winters, so I headed south.” He would make his way to a new city, use his knowledge of home con- struction to find a job and, as he said, “stick around for a while.” Lauricella fell in love with Savannah, Ga., and enjoyed the sights in New Mexico and the West Coast. But he always found himself coming back to New Orleans. He finally relocated to the Crescent City for good in the late 1990s. “I started by buying an his- toric house on St. Roch Avenue and fixing it up; I did my own electrical, plumbing, and gas work.” He added, “Then I bought another, and another, and so on.” Lauricella worked with his new partner, Remi Foulon, a recent arrival to New Orleans from France, to renovate these historic homes on St. Roch Avenue into a cluster of rental properties. After his past real estate suc- cesses, Lauricella moved on to his newest business prospect. “My sister married a Canadian,” he said, “and through her I learned of a Canadian firm that was manufacturing new record presses. This was a big deal because the industry really stopped making them in the 1980’s.” Lau- ricella bought the record press and brought it down to to Montegut Street in New Orleans, which he, with Foulon, transformed into New Orleans Record Press (NORP). NORP’s services include not only record manufacturing but audio mastering, lacquer cutting, and elec- troplating. Lauricella was also able to strengthen his ties to his ancestral homeland when he contracted with his latest supplier. “We now import 100 percent lead-free Italian vinyl from Truccazzano, Italy, a short distance east of Milan.” He went on to say, “It’s a wonderful raw mate- rial for our records, good color, great stability.” Another interesting Italian connec- tion to NORP is in its newest press- ing. “We are producing a release of the soundtrack to George Romero’s 1978 classic Dawn of the Dead. All of the music on the soundtrack is by an Italian band named Goblin.” New Orleans Record Press web- site can be viewed at neworleansre- cordpress.com. — Enrico Villamaino III Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is an internationally renowned classical violinist and teacher. She was born in Rome and moved to the United States so that she could study at the Curtis Institute of Music. Salerno- Sonnenberg also studied under Doro- thy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music and at the Aspen Music Festival and School.. In 1981, she became the youngest winner of the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition which launched her professional ca- reer. Salerno-Sonnenberg received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1983 and was named 1988 Ovations Debut Recording Artist of the Year. While making Christmas dinner for her family in 1994, Nadja badly injured her left little finger while chopping onions. Her fingertip was surgically reattached. It took six months for her finger to heal, but she didn’t let that stop her from playing, Salerno-Son- nenberg reworked pieces for three Left: New Orleans Record Press part- ners Dan Lauricella, right, and Remi Foulon in their shop. Below left: Classi- cal violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Below right: Personal injury lawyer Vincent Glorioso, III. fingers and continued to perform. The intensely personal 1999 docu- mentary film, Speaking in Strings, is based on Nadja and earned a nomi- nation for Best Feature Documentary Film at the 72nd Academy Awards. In 2005, Salerno-Sonnenberg cre- ated her own label, NSS Music. The label’s roster of artists includes Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg, pianist Anne- Marie McDermott, horn player John Cerminaro, pianist/composer Clarice Assad, conductor Marin Alsop, the American String Quartet, the Colo- rado Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. She was selected as the Music Director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra in 2008 under a three-year contract In 2015, Nadja joined Loyola University, College of Music and Fine Arts, New Orleans as a Resident Artist she was also named Extraor- dinary Faculty/ Director of Chamber Orchestra. At Loyola, she continues her work with The Loyola Strings, the conductor-less string orchestra she introduced in her first year of Residency, as well as on/off campus teaching, and performances with Loyola students and faculty. Salerno-Sonnenberg has also given many television interviews, including CBS’s 60 Minutes and Sunday Morning; CNN’s Newsstand; NBC’s National News and The To- night Show with Johnny Carson; and PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center. — Megan Celona Vincent Glorioso, III Vincent J. Glorioso, III, also known as Trey, is a personal injury lawyer who was born in New Or- leans. He attended St. Paul’s High School in Covington, where he won two state tennis championships and was the number one singles and doubles player for four straight years. Following graduation, Trey at- Spotlight cont. on page 24