Saturday, June 20, 2020


REMINDER: 
SUNDAY JUNE 21st 1pm PST (Calif, USA timezone)
Here is the link you need to join listeners worldwide for this wonderful program:

Livestream Link: https://youtu.be/6hkhD8s_HoE

Any donations collected will benefit the SF-Marin FOOD BANK


Program & Bios for LIVESTREAM CONCERT on Sunday June 21st 1pm PST (Calif, USA)


Join us tomorrow, Sunday June 21st for the first of our award-winning Notes for Nourishment concerts to be shared LIVE ONLINE worldwide!


NFN Live Concert: Music for Food

1-hour PROGRAM:


J.S. Bach    Suite No. 3 - Prelude and Sarabande 
G. Cassado     Solo Suite for Cello 

performed by Angeline Kiang, cello


F. Schubert   Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 
C. Debussy    L’Isle Joyeuse

performed by Josephine Chan, piano


E. Ysaÿe      Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3 "Ballade"

performed by Pierce Wang, violin

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BIOS of PERFORMERS:

Angeline Kiang, cello

Angeline Kiang, 15, plays cello at the Colburn Music Academy, where she studies with Clive Greensmith. Previously, she has studied with Amos Yang and Sieun Lin. She is a first prize winner at Enkor Int’l Music competition, Pacific Musical Society Competition, and DVC/HNU Young Artist String Competition. An avid chamber musician, her award-winning ensemble, the Fervida Trio, won the Gold Medal in the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Competition Junior Division, first and Beethoven prize at the 2019 PCM Chamber Music Competition, and first prize at the 2018 Galante Prize Competition. She also appeared on NPR’s nationally syndicated program From The Top, hosted by Orli Shaham with the Fervida Trio, and as a soloist on NBC’s Asian Pacific America. In 2019, she debuted with the Golden Gate Symphony at Herbst Theater. Angeline has participated in masterclass for the Miró Quartet, Orli Shaham, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Amit Peled, Timothy Eddy, Steve Doane, Brinton Averil Smith, Rohan De Silva, the Morgenstern Trio, the Henschel Quartet, and Trio con brio Copenhagen. Angeline attended the Heifetz International Music Institute in 2018 and 2019, and in 2020, she received full scholarship to the 24th Morningside Music Bridge.


Pierce Wang, violin
Pierce Wang is a junior at the Stanford Online High School and a scholarship student in the Pre-college Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) where he studies the violin with Ms. Alena Tsoi. Pierce started learning the violin when he was just two years old. He gave his first solo recital, the “All Saints’ Day” program, in the fall of 2014 which showcased many hauntingly beautiful masterpieces. 2014 was a momentous year for Pierce. He was selected to appear on the NPR, From the Top (FTT) live taping show #284 in Rochester (NY) where he performed H.W. Ernst's transcription of the song Der Erlkönig by Franz Schubert, for unaccompanied violin. Through the show, Pierce became friends with many young musicians and the legendary flutists Sir James & Lady Galway. That same year, Pierce debuted as soloist with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Jason Klein. In the ensuing years, Pierce soloed with several other Bay Area orchestra, the Saratoga Symphony (under Dr./Maestro Jason Klein), Symphony Parnassus (Maestro Stephen Paulson), and Solano Symphony (Maestro Semyon Lohss), performing the Conus Violin Concerto and Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3. Pierce also gives performances at select fund-raisers and local nursing homes as his way of giving back to the community. Prior to joining Ms. Tsoi's violin studio, Pierce studied with Prof. Wei He and Mr. Davis Law at the SFCM. He started on violin with Mr. Andy Liu in Saratoga.


Josephine Chan, piano
Josephine Chan is a junior at Stanford Online High School and currently studies piano performance with Elizabeth Schumann. She is also a scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying chamber music with Joseph Maile and Amy Zanrosso and conducting with Stefano Flavoni. She was featured on NPR’s From the Top and was invited to participate in the 2019 Junior Van Cliburn Competition and Festival. She was also a quarter-finalist in the International e-Piano Junior Competition 2019. She has been a prizewinner of both national and international piano competitions, including the Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition (2020), Golden State Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition (2018), Virginia Waring International Piano Competition (2015), Pacific Music Society Competition, Enkor International Piano Competition (2015) and San Francisco Chopin Foundation Competition (2012). Josephine’s most recent performances include a concerto recital with the Golden State Youth Orchestra as part of their 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration Concert in Flint Center and a solo recital at the Century Club of California. Josephine also performs regularly in a trio, and her group placed first in the Jane Hohfeld Galante Chamber Music Competition and the American Prize Chamber Performance Competition. Josephine has attended programs such as the Music@Menlo, PianoTexas Young Artists Program, Tanglewood Young Artists Program, Perugia Music Fest, and Southeastern Piano Festival. She has performed in numerous master classes with many artists, including Yoheved Kaplinsky, Emile Naoumoff, Arie Vardi, Bernd Goetzke, Tamás Ungár, Uta Weyand, AnneMarie McDermott, and Garrick Ohlsson.

Friday, June 19, 2020

NFN LIVE - new online series of our Notes for Nourishment concerts starting June 21st. Join us from anywhere!


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Listen for Life's award-winning NOTES FOR NOURISHMENT Concerts are now going Online and LIVE, worldwide!


For many years now, NFN concerts have been happening (as a project of Listen for Life) in selected cities around the world. These concerts have been designed and led by outstanding artists with a heart of service, willing to organize and perform these special free concerts to raise funds for causes they care about, in the communities where they live. NOW, it won't matter where they (or you) live - we all get to be nourished from the generous sharing of their gifts!


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As with all of our previous NFN concerts, nationally recognized artists of all ages will donate their time and talents to nourish the audience in free one-hour concerts, while donations are collected for organizations that nourish the hungry, homeless or hurting in their communities or in our world.


NFN concerts were originally founded by violist Erin Nolan and pianist Donna Stoering.
This new era of NFN LIVE events is being launched by energetic, tech-savvy, award-winning teen pianist Josephine Chan, who is a member of the new NFN leadership team.


Please join us on Sunday, June 21st, and show your support for Josephine's efforts and ingenuity in moving these special "Concerts for a Cause" ONLINE, LIVE, and WORLDWIDE, so as to nourish EVERYONE at this critical time.

As this is NFN's first livestream event, anything could (and might) happen but if you are hungry for nourishing music this Sunday, join us and let's find out what will happen, together!


Just like our previous series of NFN concerts in various locations, we hope these livestream events will gradually become a regularly-scheduled series featuring different artists and beneficiary organizations from around the globe.

                                    

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

March and April concerts of Notes for Nourishment are all postponed for future times...

Just in case anyone is wondering.....
Sadly, due to health crisis affecting us all,

  • the March 29 program of Notes for Nourishment in San Francisco featuring the Davisson Duo (for the benefit of Guitars Not Guns) has been cancelled/postponed and will be definitely be rescheduled for sometime in the future
  • the April 17 program of Notes for Nourishment in Alameda featuring Brazilian opera baritone Igor Vieira with pianist Donna Stoering (for the benefit of Hope for Paws, Welcome the Stranger and Catholic Charities' immigration programs) has also been cancelled/postponed for sometime in the future. 
  • the series of daily Notes for Nourishment concerts scheduled for May 23-30 as part of the famed Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina is not yet cancelled - this decision is in the hands of the Spoleto Festival committee which has not yet made that determination.                                                                                                                              We had actually been excited to announce that we received two grants from the county there to produce our concerts again this year, and we have three business sponsors in the community thus far! 
  • BUT - given the current predictions for spread and timeline of the corona virus nationwide, we suspect that mid-late May might sadly fall right in the middle of the apex of the health crisis and we certainly do not want the health of our artists or audiences to be compromised. We will let you know for sure, one way or the other, as we get closer to the month of May and/or have more definitive information from the Festival authorities. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Youth Helping Youth: Josephine Chan's wonderful idea to help Unaccompanied Minors!


THIS SUNDAY, Feb 23rd @ 4pm in San Francisco's Mission Dolores Basilica (3321 16th St), on their glorious new Steinway, nationally renowned teen pianist Josephine (Josie) Chan will finally touch the keys and commence a wonderful program that she began organizing months ago. 

She had been wanting to play a concert to help others, and learned of our Notes for Nourishment concerts - so we are very grateful that she contacted us, and that she decided to donate all proceeds collected at her concert to the Unaccompanied Minors program administered by Catholic Charities' Center of Immigration Legal & Social Services. Fundraising for that particular program is also supported by the Interfaith Refugee Welcome, and those two organizations have been working together to help spread the word about Josephine Chan and the exciting one-hour, family-friendly program that she will offer this Sunday together with two of her musical colleagues whom she invited to join her. (Learn more about each of these generous, award-winning young performers below)

Unaccompanied minors are coming into the SF Bay Area in record numbers, with no one to help them stay off the streets until this new program was formed within the Center for Immigration Legal and Social Services. This concert that Josephine felt inspired to organize is a beautiful example of youth helping youth, in a way that only they can - through their unique talents and gifts! There is ample free parking right behind the Basilica, and the location is also walkable from Bart. The Basilica seats 800 - 1000 people so we are hoping that people will come and will bring other friends and family. The concert is also a wonderful opportunity for education and inspiration of other young music students of all ages! If you are curious about their program for Sunday, it will be a combination of solos, duos and a trio (view it below). 
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 Josephine Chan, piano
Josephine Chan is a junior at Stanford Online High School and currently studies piano performance with Elizabeth Schumann. She is also a scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying chamber music with Joseph Maile and Amy Zanrosso and conducting with Stefano Flavoni. She was featured on NPR’s From the Top and was invited to participate in the 2019 Junior Van Cliburn Competition and Festival. She was also a quarter-finalist in the International e-Piano Junior Competition 2019. She has been a prizewinner of both national and international piano competitions, including the Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition (2020), Golden State Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition (2018), Virginia Waring International Piano Competition (2015), Pacific Music Society Competition, Enkor International Piano Competition (2015) and San Francisco Chopin Foundation Competition (2012).
Josephine’s most recent performances include a concerto recital with the Golden State Youth Orchestra as part of their 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration Concert in Flint Center and a solo recital at the Century Club of California. Josephine also performs regularly in a trio, and her group placed first in the Jane Hohfeld Galante Chamber Music Competition and the American Prize Chamber Performance Competition. Josephine has attended programs such as the Music@Menlo, PianoTexas Young Artists Program, Tanglewood Young Artists Program, Perugia Music Fest, and Southeastern Piano Festival. She has performed in numerous master classes with many artists, including Yoheved Kaplinsky, Emile Naoumoff, Arie Vardi, Bernd Goetzke, Tamás Ungár, Uta Weyand, AnneMarie McDermott, and Garrick Ohlsson.

Pierce Wang, violin

Pierce Wang is a junior at the Stanford Online High School and a scholarship student in the Pre-college Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) where he studies the violin with Ms. Alena Tsoi. Pierce started learning the violin when he was just two years old. He gave his first solo recital, the “All Saints’ Day” program, in the fall of 2014 which showcased many hauntingly beautiful masterpieces. 2014 was a momentous year for Pierce. He was selected to appear on the NPR, From the Top (FTT) live taping show #284 in Rochester (NY) where he performed H.W. Ernst's transcription of the song Der Erlkönig by Franz Schubert, for unaccompanied violin. Through the show, Pierce became friends with many young musicians and the legendary flutists Sir James & Lady Galway. That same year, Pierce debuted as soloist with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Jason Klein. In the ensuing years, Pierce soloed with several other Bay Area orchestra, the Saratoga Symphony (under Dr./Maestro Jason Klein), Symphony Parnassus (Maestro Stephen Paulson), and Solano Symphony (Maestro Semyon Lohss), performing the Conus Violin Concerto and Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3. Pierce also gives performances at select fund-raisers and local nursing homes as his way of giving back to the community. Prior to joining Ms. Tsoi's violin studio, Pierce studied with Prof. Wei He and Mr. Davis Law at the SFCM. He started on violin with Mr. Andy Liu in Saratoga.

Josephine and Pierce invited professional cellist Mr Robert Howard to join them in a Piano Trio performance as the final piece on Sunday's program:

Robert Howard, cello

A native of Atlanta, GA, Robert began studying cello at age 12. Graduate of Rice University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has studied and performed at festivals such as Tanglewood, Spoleto, Verbier, the Accademia Chigiana, and the Sandor Vegh Academy in Prague. Robert won first prize in the Rome Festival Competition and has received grants from the Maggini and Virtu Foundations. Robert has performed in the Festival Internacional de Musica in Costa Rica, the Festival de Guadarama in Spain, and on the Mostly Mozart series in Lincoln Center. He has performed with American Bach Soloists, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and the San Francisco Symphony. A regular guest on many Bay Area chamber music series, Robert has also made concerto appearances with BARS Orchestra and Stanford Symphony. He has worked directly with composers such as Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Frank, George Perle, George Benjamin, and Jonathan Berger. Robert runs his own house concert series, concertsbythesquare.org, which combine thematically linked chamber music programs with food and short lecture presentations. A passionate teacher, he has made two trips to Kenya, where he taught and performed. He has coached at San Francisco Conservatory, Stanford University, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and the Conservatorio Superior Coruña in Spain.

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NOTES FOR NOURISHMENT PROGRAM      SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23rd 2020


Johann Sebastian Bach

Fughetta BWV 899 

Art of Fugue - Contrapunctus 9

Franz Schubert

Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 
György Ligeti
Etude No. 13 “L'escalier du diable”

Josephine Chan, piano

Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 1: Corrente--Double (presto)

Niccolò Paganini
Variations on “Palpiti” Op. 13

Pierce Wang, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 3 in C Minor

Anton Arensky
Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor
Pierce Wang, violin
Josephine Chan, piano
Robert Howard, cello
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Even if you cannot attend Sunday or are not in the SF Bay Area, you can donate online at any time to Catholic Charities SF and specify that it is for the Unaccompanied Minors program of the Center for Immigration Legal and Social Services. And maybe let them know that Josie sent you :) 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

This SUNDAY Jan 26 - join us in Tiburon to hear a charismatic 10-year old classical guitarist



10-year-old Emilia Diaz Delgado performed two wonderful Notes for Nourishment concerts last November, joining award-winning teen classical guitarist  Conor Padmanabhan in recital programs that successfully raised funds for the Homeless Children's Network of San Francisco. Now Emilia has decided to organize one of her own, to benefit the National Audubon Society programs that rescue specific bird varieties that are being threatened by the oil drilling in the Arctic Circle. Emilia is an extremely talented and charismatic performer, so if you missed hearing her in November, do make the effort to catch her delightful solo recital program at the Audubon center in beautiful Tiburon this coming Sunday, January 26 at 12 noon! FREE to all - donations hugely appreciated! 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Eric Wang, FREE in SF on Sunday Dec 1st It's a "Kids Helping Kids" story - just COME!

Sunday Dec 1st @ 5pm - award-winning young guitarist Eric Wang, FREE in SF! He is requesting your donations for MusicInSchoolsToday.org and HCNKids.org (Homeless Children's Network), two organizations that do tremendous work to nourish children his own age who have no access to music lessons or warm homes this winter. Come enjoy his 1-hr, family-friendly program in the historic chapel of Mission Dolores (3321 16th st, San Francisco, near BART) - free parking available directly behind Mission Dolores basilica. 

Want to know more about our featured performer for December 1st? Here is what he sent us:
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Eric Junyang Wang, 15, is a tenth grader at Valley Christian High School in his hometown of San Jose, California. Since 2009 he has been studying with Robert Miller at the California Conservatory of Music in Silicon Valley.

Eric is the first prize winner in the Junior Division of the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition (IYC) and the 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition Youth Division. He has won top prizes in several other international, national and regional competitions for his age group, and also as a performer in his award-winning guitar ensemble. Recently, he was named a 2020 National YoungArts finalist. He has also been chosen as a performer in master classes (held at music conservatories nationwide) given by a variety of renowned classical guitarists.

Eric has greatly enjoyed being a featured guitarist on NPR’s From the Top radio program, so you can find his performances in their archived programs online, as well as on YouTube and other platforms.

See Eric Wang on Social Media
Youtube: the 6 Stringed Eric
instagram.com/thesixstringederic/
Facbook: Eric Wang

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So -  if you are anywhere near San Francisco on Sunday afternoon December 1st, DO NOT MISS THIS opportunity to hear an extremely gifted young musician who has won numerous competitions and awards yet wants to donate his time and talents for the service of others. 

Listen for Life artists and volunteers work very hard to produce these Notes for Nourishment concerts in cities worldwide in order to offer renowned musicians (all ages, all cultures, all locations worldwide) the opportunity to perform free one-hour programs that nourish their audiences, while collecting free-will donations for a cause or nonprofit of their choice that nourishes the homeless, hungry or hurting of their communities. 
Eric has decided he wants to request your donations to benefit TWO non-profit organizations, so Listen for Life will be there collecting your generous contributions, as mentioned earlier, for MusicInSchoolsToday.org, which offers music programs for disadvantaged young children throughout the greater SF Bay Area, and for HCNKids.org (Homeless Children's Network), a recent beneficiary choice with our younger NFN performers because they love the idea of helping kids their own age who just happen to be homeless. 
Come be enchanted by Eric's musical and imaginative music, and come match his generosity with your participation and donations. See you Sunday!