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! 




Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Update on amazing NFN events November 3 and Nov 18 - Kids helping Kids!

(see photos below!)

On Sunday November 3, two very young classical-guitar virtuosos, Conor Padmanabhan (16) and Emilia Diaz Delgado (10!) generously donated their time and talents to perform a fantastic one-hour program in the historic chapel of Mission Dolores in San Francisco. They (and their moms) had also worked very hard to help their chosen beneficiary, the Homeless Children's Network, to publicize the free event. We were so happy for them when a great crowd of all ages came to enjoy their energetic and musical performances, and even more happy that the impressed audience responded very generously with tremendous donations for their chosen cause.

Conor has done Notes for Nourishment performances for us in the past, and we felt so touched when he contacted us, to ask if he could organize this concert on the series, and he and Emilia specifically chose this particular cause/organization because they wanted to help kids their own ages who just happen to be homeless.  The Executive Director of Homeless Children's Network also gave a short but powerfully moving speech about the psychological traumas to children who are homeless, and expressed her gratitude for the inspiration we all gain from the actions of other children like Emilia and Conor (without whose impetus and generous idea, none of this would have happened).

Both Emilia and Conor are students of the great teacher Scott Cmiel at the pre-college division of SFCM.  Emilia also sings in a branch of the World Harmony Chorus which rehearses in the equally famed Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California. When her fellow chorus members could not make it to the SF concert, they invited Emilia and Conor to come do a Notes for Nourishment concert there at the school in Mountain View on November 18 and again that audience donated extremely generously for their chosen cause.

AND, their doing these programs also inspired the young San Jose-based guitarist, international award-winner Eric Wang, to want to do a Notes for Nourishment program of his own - and that one is coming up December 1st (more on that in the next blog post).

So, we just wanted to laud these 2 young people, Conor and Emilia, and share some photos from their NFN events with you.

The mission of Listen for Life is to inspire and empower musicians of ALL ages and cultures to share their gifts in the service of others. Notes for Nourishment concerts are one of our many projects enacting that mission. We are SO excited to see these very young but supremely talented artists, get inspired by the LFL mission and take the leadership in producing and publicizing their own Notes for Nourishment concerts and we hope that other artists of all ages will follow their example!

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Fundraising for Homeless Kids on November 3rd in San Francisco! About the Artists......






















We asked our two young award-winning performers for November 3rd to send us bios and photos that we could share. Here is the delightful submission from Emilia: 

"Emilia Diaz Delgado, 10-year-old professional mischief-maker and guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division, will perform works by Lauro, Bach, Barrios, and Giuliani. 

She has participated in the 2017 Sonora Guitar Festival, 2019 Ben Verdery Maui Guitar Masterclass, and masterclasses with Jason Vieaux, Smaro Gregoriadou, Richard Savino, and David Leisner.  She is currently organizing a fundraising concert to protect birds in the Arctic Refuge from oil drilling. 

In her spare time, if you want to call it that, because she is home-schooled, she enjoys reading, tinkering, crocheting, drawing, birdwatching, Halloween Decorating In The Middle Of February (no, not really!) and organizing her private library. Um. What am I forgetting? Spying!"

And here is what Conor sent us (he is already a seasoned performer on NFN concerts!):

Guitarist Conor Padmanabhan, age 16, was a prizewinner in the 2019 National YoungArts Foundation competition and was the first-place winner in the 2018 California statewide guitar competition of the American String Teachers Association. He was a finalist in the 2019 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition and was a prizewinner in the 2019 Burlingame Music Club Competition, the 2016 Pacific Musical Society Competition, and numerous other competitions. Selected by audition, Conor has performed as a soloist in the annual Junior Bach Festival for seven consecutive years since 2013. Conor was a soloist on a 2017 concert marking the centennial of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and on a 2016 concert in San Francisco celebrating the 60th birthday of guitar Professor David Tanenbaum. 

Conor has performed as a soloist at the Presidio of San Francisco, Sacramento Guitar Society, the Davis Arts Center, and many other venues. He has opened for guitarist Cecilio Perera at the South Bay Guitar Society and was recently the first non-pianist to perform for the Steinway Society of the Bay Area. He regularly performs as a volunteer at a local assisted-living center and in benefit concerts. Conor is a student of Scott Cmiel at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College Division, where he also performs in a guitar quartet and Baroque music ensemble. His first teacher was Jon Mendle. Outside the guitar, Conor attends high school in Palo Alto and serves as an academic tutor. He plays a guitar built by Glenn Canin in 2012.
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Both Emilia and Conor study under Scott Cmiel in the Pre-Collegiate Division of SFCM.  As part of their activities there, they also perform in guitar ensembles, so these ensembles will be coming to join them in special closing pieces on the November 3rd concert. 
They have all been working hard to help distribute flyers for this event so that we can raise as many donations as possible for their chosen beneficiary organization, the Homeless Children's Network (HCNKids.org)  
It's a great media story as well:  gifted kids helping kids their same ages who just happen to be homeless.  Come support them! 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Catching up with Notes for Nourishment happenings in USA

When you do not see new posts on our blog, that's not because nothing is happening - it's usually quite the opposite!
April, May and June were a whirlwind of nonstop production, performance and publicity tasks as ListenForLife.org was invited to launch an entire series of 14 Notes for Nourishment programs in Charleston, S.C. as part of the famed Piccolo Spoleto Festival there. All concerts at Piccolo Spoleto are held in churches, shops, and businesses throughout the city, and loyal concert goers come from around the globe for this festival each year.
The host venue for our 14 concerts was a wonderful event center and art gallery at the back of the Pauline Bookstore right on King Street, the most famous thoroughfare in historic old town! Fox Music, the largest piano store in the region, donated a 9 foot concert grand piano, local printers gave us discounts on the printing of color flyers and posters; other shops and business owners were program sponsors.
We flew in artists who had performed on Notes for Nourishment concerts in other locations over the past years to join me in various instrumental/vocal combinations and musical programs. Performers included Stephen Guggenheim (tenor), Winnie Wong (Chinese guzheng), Anna Maria Mendieta (harp), me (Donna Stoering), on piano, and three members of Levona - Asaf Ophir, Joshua Mellinger and David McLean. Together, these renowned performers represented the musical traditions of Israel, China, Europe, the Middle East, USA, Spain and Latin America.....and we also rejoiced in the participation of a locally-based but nationally known flautist,  Jessica Hull-Dambaugh.

As with all Notes for Nourishment events anywhere on the globe, the professional artists donated their performances, nourished their audiences with free one-hour programs that were open to all, and these 14 unique concerts raised thousands of dollars in funds (donations at the door) for a wide variety of Charleston-based nonprofit organizations, making a difference in the lives of hungry children, disabled Veterans, children with cancer (and their families), music/art therapy programs, homeless services and shelters, food-sustainability programs, and continued disaster relief for rebuilding efforts following hurricanes and flooding in low-lying regions.
We developed long-lasting relationships with the inspiring local founders of many national organizations and we had a tremendous time working with the bookstore owners/managers to turn their event room and art gallery into a beautifully intimate concert hall in a historic building with amazing acoustics (we discovered that it just happened to have been built, over 100 years ago, as the first music store in that region!).
An entire front page of a section of the main Sunday newspaper in Charleston was devoted to sharing the story of Listen for Life and its Notes for Nourishment series. And the concerts rapidly gained a wide following and a stellar reputation for "highest quality artists, performances, and unique programs" amongst all of the festival offerings, so we have been invited back for each future year of the festival! That is exciting for sure, but is already requiring a great amount of volunteer work to approach corporate sponsors, donors and potential partners in order for Listen for Life to financially sustain such an undertaking in the longterm. If you have time or skills to share, please join us!

This was the first time that Listen for Life has created a Notes for Nourishment series or mini-festival within an existing larger concert series or summer music festival, and it showed that there is tremendous potential for replicating that concept in many other locations across the USA and around the globe. We already have some possibilities lining up and several invites coming in, but we are excited to consider any and all locations/partnerships so do contact us! And if you are a professional musician who would like to perform in one of our series, next time, or create a N4N concert in your own location to raise funds for a cause you care about, please contact us!

Meanwhile, of course, our activities continued through the end of summer.....

  • we did our first LFL Notes for Nourishment concert in Atlanta, Georgia; 
  • we met with LFL volunteers and potential N4N concert organizers in Minnesota, California, and Utah; 
  • we met with the music director of a phenomenal peace-building summer camp for young people of the different warring factions in the Middle East (this is a program that our Notes for Nourishment concerts and LFL Rhythm for Refugee programs had helped to support financially this summer, so she was giving us a very moving report on the results and benefits of our work and your donations!) 
  • and we began organizing a brand new Notes for Nourishment Classical Guitar series for the 2019-2020 season in the historic chapel of Mission Dolores in San Francisco! 

Our first concert on that new series will take place on Sunday November 3, @ 5pm in Mission Dolores, as a major fundraising event for the Homeless Childrens' Network (HCNKids.org) of San Francisco! The concert will feature Conor Padmanabhan and Emilia Diaz Delgado, two award-winning young guitarists, both students of Scott Cmiel in the pre-collegiate division of SFCM - and they will be joined by ensembles from the SFCM as well, so it promises to be a very special celebration of talented, generous young musicians helping other kids, their same ages, who just happen to be homeless.  

Our next posts will share the stories of Conor and Emilia and a bit about the Homeless Children's Network and their wonderful work, or that of the countless other nonprofits that we support -  and you can participate with us at any time, as a donor, concert attendee, performer or volunteer with our Notes for Nourishment programs, anywhere that you happen to live!


Friday, May 24, 2019

NOTES FOR NOURISHMENT 
at the PICCOLO SPOLETO FESTIVAL!
Today was the Opening Day at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC!  We had a successful concerts on our first day at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. And we have a fantastic line up ahead with FREE concerts every day! 

Concert Schedule:
Saturday, May 25th, 11 am
Donna Stoering presents “The Piano Can Dance?!” 
Rhythms of the world.

Saturday, May 25th, 7:30 pm
Harp & Flute Treasures from Latin America and beyond, featuring famed harp soloist Anna Maria Mendieta, with special guest Jessica Hull-Dambaugh, Principal Flutist of Charleston Symphony..

Sunday, May 26th, 2:00 pm
Sacred Music for Harp & Flute: Anna Maria Mendieta and Jessica Hull-Dambaugh
Sunday, May 26th, 3:15 pm
Winnie Wong tells the Story of the Guzheng and its many sounds colors

Sunday, May 26th, 7:30 pm
East meets West - Chinese guzheng (Winnie Wong) with European piano (Donna Stoering) in rarely performed virtuosic duets

Monday, May 27th, 11 am
“Oh la la” - French Melody in the Morning! Harpist Anna Maria Mendieta plays music from a variety of French-inspired

Monday, May 27th, 7:30 pm
Strings of Three Worlds: live on-stage improvisations combining Winnie Wong (guzheng), Anna Maria Mendieta (harp) and Donna Stoering (piano)

Tuesday, May 28th, 2 pm
A Siesta with Sizzle - Anna Maria Mendieta’s final program on the series, in styles ranging from Flamenco and tango to lullaby and reverie.

Wednesday, May 29, 1:30 pm
Donna Stoering presents The Piano Can Dance?! (repeats of May 25 above)

Wednesday, May 29th, 7:30 pm
Donna Stoering presents The Piano Can Dance?! (Repeats of May 25th)

Thursday, May 30th, 7:30 pm
From “the Old Country” to Broadway: internationally renowned tenor Stephen Guggenheim shares the fun journey of Jewish music, singing in 4 languages 

Thursday, May 31st, 2 pm
From “the Old Country” to Broadway: internationally renowned tenor Stephen Guggenheim shares the fun journey of Jewish music, singing in 4 languages.