Friday, January 13, 2017

Start the New Year with Music!

A​s 2017 begins, we especially want to REMIND all of you about our Notes for Nourishment monthly concerts, which we​ launched in April 2016 ​in the California Bay Area​. ​Internationally-renowned artists, performing FREE one-hour concerts to nourish their audience, while collecting donations for non-profit organizations that nourish the hungry, homeless, or hurting in the community​ ​ .

​W​e've already featured top musicians from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North/South America​, and ​conclud​ed​ the 2016 concerts with a very special ​recital of holiday music given by the beloved opera star Frederica von Stade​, which raised funds for high school scholarships for disadvantaged youth throughout the Bay Area.

And now the 2017 season of monthly concerts begins! Here is what you need to know:
  • All concerts take place in the warm ambiance and gorgeous acoustics of the Basilica of St. Joseph in Alameda, CA: 1109 Chestnut St, Alameda, CA 94501
  • Concerts happen one Sunday a month, and in 2017, all concerts will begin at 3pm. This is a change from last year!
Here's the schedule for the first three months of 2017, and do SAVE the DATES so you won't miss out on some unique opportunities to help your community and hear unforgettable musicians!

JANUARY 22nd @ 3pm - International Artists' Mosaic: Individual performances from five young,​ female​, award-winning artists from Turkey, Asia, Iran, and America​: Isabelle Brown-Lyden, cello, Sarah Tuan, piano, Garyan Wong, guzheng, Lila Powell, voice, and Leyla Kabuli, piano.
Beneficiary: ​These young women are donating their performances to raise funds for (providing girls/women safe havens from domestic violence or abuse).

FEBRUARY 26 @ 3pm - Lunar New Year Celebration - with Winnie Wong, guzheng, Alan Yip, erhu, and the China's Spirit Music Ensemble & special guests!
Beneficiaries: (carrying on the life-saving work of finding bone marrow matches and donors in multi-ethnic communities​) and (​providing a range of services for at-risk Asian immigrants.

MARCH 19 @ 3pm "The Carpenter's Trio" - ​honoring the "Name day" saint of our host venue (Basilica of St Joseph), come hear the dynamic sounds of wood-crafted instruments in the hands of internationally renowned masters, Tom Stone, violin and Amy Leung, cello, with NFN host Donna Stoering, piano.
Beneficiaries: and their projects in the community, and Alternatives in Action (a non-profit alternative high ​school where students learn, among other skills, to do creative trades and crafts with wood and other materials).

We hope to see you soon!

For more information, please call: 510 540 8136


Hi All, 

We apologize for the long pause in postings and we hope your new year has begun well!

We are excited to let you know about our upcoming concerts. We will be making a few posts in the coming days, so please be sure to check back in.

Please join us for our first concert of the year on Sunday, January 22nd at 3pm. Please note that all our concerts this year will be happening at 3pm instead of 2!

Here is information on our first three concerts of the year:

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

NEWS & UPDATES re: Notes for Nourishment concerts! Lots of exciting things to report:

Next concert is Sunday November 13th at 2pm; "Chamberfest!" 
An international journey featuring music from three continents, played by series host, concert pianist Donna Stoering and renowned soloists on cello, viola, flute, and harp! From Bach to Brazil, and trios to tangos, you don't want to miss this! Collected donations during this free one-hour program will benefit the instrumental music programs of the Alameda Unified School District, and a local charity that nourishes the community and has urgent needs at this time of the year.
Please join us, at the Basilica of St Joseph, 1109 Chestnut, in Alameda, @ 2pm on Sunday Nov 13th.
Links to two of the new NFN series performers being introduced on this concert:   

December's concert, a special solo-recital Christmas program with beloved opera star Frederica von Stade (FLICKA) has already created huge excitement and interest, of course!  
There has been confusion about the date, which our wonderful host venue, the St Joseph Basilica, needed to change from our original plans. SO, to clarify:
The holiday program with Flicka is SUNDAY DECEMBER 4th @ 2pm  (and not on Dec11th as originally announced) . 
There are no tickets or reserved seating, so just come early to claim your seats! We hope to absolutely pack the Basilica for her, as she is generously offering this free one-hour program for folks of all ages, with the collected donations going to her chosen recipient, the Scholarship programs of SJND High School in Alameda, which help economically disadvantaged but academically deserving youth to attend the award-winning school. 


  • Our ever-growing audiences are begging for more. 
  • Businesses and corporations throughout the Bay Area are interested in sponsoring either the series itself or individual concerts on the series. 
  • Our host venue has kindly invited us to continue the monthly series through all of 2017. 

And SOooo... we are currently solidifying the dates, programs, beneficiary organizations and world-class artists that we are honored to share with you for January-July and beyond.  We can tell you this much: January will be our first annual Young Artists concert; February will bring back guzheng virtuoso Winnie Wong and her friends for a special Chinese New Years celebration; in March we'll celebrate more innovative chamber music, and April will feature music of North and South India! 

If you have particular world-class artists you would like to get to hear on this Alameda series, or personally know of a musician or vocalist of any culture whom you feel should be considered, we'd always love to hear from you! Contact the Notes for Nourishment series Artistic Director, Donna Stoering via email ( 

Meanwhile, this series has generated huge interest from communities across the USA and abroad, so we have plans to replicate the series in these (and other) locations during 2017 and 2018 - but this can only happen if we have volunteer organizers "on the ground" and able to help produce the series in any specific location, and if those volunteers know folks who might have contacts with major international artists who are either living or going on tour in those regions, and available to perform. 
Notes for Nourishment is a sponsored project of the Listen for Life movement/organization (, which is an all-volunteer run, global family of music listeners, performers, educators, creators and producers, working together on a wide variety of projects, productions and programs that use music to enhance, heal and nourish our communities. Listen for Life can provide oversight, guidance, and templates to any individuals worldwide who wish to replicate any of our projects, including the live Notes for Nourishment benefit concerts in any community. Contact us! 

And last but not least.....
THANK YOU to all of the generous performers, sponsors and audience members who have donated during the Notes for Nourishment concerts thus far!!  
To recap the series: Our first concert was April 2016, "East meets West", featuring Chinese guzheng virtuoso Winnie Wong together with series host, Donna Stoering. In these past 6 months we have also featured a famed Israeli soprano and Ladino vocalist, a Palestinian oud master, an opera baritone who stars in "Dead Man Walking", an award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist together with renowned Gospel choir, a wonderful solo cellist, and San Francisco's own Russian chorus, Slavyanka in advance of their highly successful Russian tour. 

The audiences have grown, the press coverage as grown, and most importantly, so have the amounts raised from audience donations to benefit many deserving non-profits that nourish the hungry, homeless and hurting of the Bay Area and beyond! We're thrilled to have raised helpful contributions, and increasingly significant amounts, for Alameda Point Collaborative, Project Open Hand, Bay Area Music Project, Alameda Food Bank, Mercy Center, OIGC youth programs, and more. THANK YOU to each person who has performed, or attended and donated! 

  • You can, of course, donate to the series - or any of its specific beneficiary organizations/causes - from anywhere on the planet!  
  • And you will soon be able to HEAR and WATCH the concerts from anywhere on the planet! We are about to launch a new Notes for Nourishment channel on YouTube, showing full-length videos of all performances from each concert on the series (these will be filmed/edited, not live). 

So stay tuned, and stay in touch with us! But if you live in the Bay Area, please do bring your friends to the live Alameda concerts - the gorgeous venue has a dome ceiling, wonderful acoustics for live music, and a warm inclusive atmosphere. AND one of our main series sponsors, The Original Red Onion diner on Park St in Alameda, gives out $6 gift cards to every audience member who donates to the beneficiary organization of that concert, so you can come have fun in Alameda and enjoy a great meal after the program, using your gift card! 
One final plea/word of advice/encouragement to our Bay Area audience members: don't let a windy rainstorm keep some of you away, as happened at the October concert! The performers were really wonderful, and all those who came told us how very glad they were, to have braved the weather. Hope to see you on November 13th! 

Friday, October 7, 2016

October 16 - 2pm - Hawaiian 2by2

Now for our October concert:
Everyone is very excited for this combination of Hawaiian and Gospel music! Vocalist/songwriter and slack key guitarist extraordinaire, charismatic performer Patrick Landeza has been a winner of the Hawaiian "Grammy" awards. He will be bringing the OIGC (Oakland Interfaith Gospel Chorus) youth group with him on his next concert tour to Hawaii in February 2017, so they wanted to join forces for this concert as well. The OIGC Youth Choir has won numerous awards, and performed internationally. They will be conducted by famed Gospel artist Terrance Kelly. Terrance and Patrick are planning some special duos together for this October 16th performance, and everyone is guaranteed a great time! 
The artists are all donating their talents and time for this free 1-hour program, where donations will be collected to benefit two organizations: the Mercy Center in Oakland, so that they can take in more elderly people needing assistance; and the OIGC programs for underserved youth in the Oakland Bay Area. 

WHEN? OCTOBER 16, 2016 - 2PM

September 2by2 Concert

Happy Fall Everyone!
We greatly apologize for the late posting of our September concert. We had a very special September 11th 15-year memorial concert. Firefighter, Mario Cuestas came in full dress uniform and white gloves, ringing the ceremonial fire bell 15 times for all of his fallen comrades and their families. This was followed by a concert by the San Francisco-based Slavyanka Russian Chorus which was about to depart the USA for a peace-building tour in Russia. A packed audience agreed wholeheartedly that their choral music nourishes not only the SF community but the globe at large, so they contributed generously toward travel scholarships for Slavyanka members who would otherwise be unable to participate in the October 4-17th tour. 

To find out more about Slavyanka, please visit:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 2by2 - Alameda - Sunday, August 7th - 2pm

The Beauty of the Cello!

It is August already? What? Indeed time goes by so much faster than we would like at times.
Remedy: Take an hour for beauty and friendship and bring a friend to our next concert in Alameda. :)
When: Sunday, August 7th at 2pm
Where: St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda, CA - 1109 Chestnut St. Alameda, CA 94501
Tickets: Free Admission.

Each month we collect donations for a different cause. This month the wonderful organization we are supporting is called the Alameda Music Project. 
Their mission: To provide an opportunity where all children—regardless of circumstances— can thrive socially and academically through music education that promotes creative expression, teamwork, discipline and social responsibility.
Find out more here: and

Saturday, July 2, 2016

July 2by2 Alameda - Summer Music! :)

Peace and Music - Peace in Music - Peace through Music

Sunday, July 10th - 2pm
St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda, CA