Marylouise Nanna

Marylouise Nanna

BMHOF Class of 2012

[Marylouise Nanna] Marylouise Nanna: is a first violinist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), and conductor of the independent Ars Nova Musicians' Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Nanna joined the BPO in 1967 and remains a member of the orchestra to this day. Early in her career, Ms. Nanna studied conducting as well as the violin. Coming of age in the 1950s when women conductors were almost unheard of, she never succeeded at getting a conducting position with a full orchestra. In 1978 Ms. Nanna instead created her own opportunity to conduct by founding a chamber orchestra. Ars Nova has successfully been performing in Buffalo, New York to sold-out crowds for almost 30 years.

Ms. Nanna still lives in the home in which her Italian-immigrant grandparents (the film-maker's great-grandparents) raised their six children after coming to this country, and where she was raised as well. She comes from a family of musicians and has taken the musical tradition in her family and brought it to the people of Buffalo. Her talent, warmth, and lack of pretension have helped her attract people to Ars Nova concerts, who normally would not listen to classical music.

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