Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 24th - Faiths and Cultures United by Music

Hello All,

For our September Notes for Nourishment concert, we have a truly wonderful program featuring and combining musicians from Iran, Israel, and Syria.

In these times of division, let us celebrate life, collaboration, beauty, and hope!

Join us: September 24, 3pm, at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. Alameda, CA 94501

For further information, please contact the Listen for Life offices at - 510-540-8136.
Please also visit and follow our Notes for Nourishment facebook page to find information about past and future concerts.

Join us in uniting our community!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Go a little deeper.....

Hello All :)

It is August Notes for Nourishment time, and this month we have a bit of beauty to share with you.
This month's concert is titled:
"Songs of the String, Voice, and Soul"

Come join Donna Stoering, piano - Ronit Widmann-Levy, Soprano - and Erin Nolan, viola in our celebration of why we love music. :)

When? - August 27th - 3pm
Where? - St. Joseph Basilica - 1109 Chestnut St. Alameda, CA 94501
Cost? - FREE!!
Donations will benefit two important local organizations working in the fight against human trafficking and abuse:
Jewish Family and Community Services - East Bay
and Joyful Heart Foundation, SF

For further information, please contact the Listen for Life offices at - 510-540-8136. Please also visit and follow our Notes for Nourishment facebook page to find information about past and future concerts.
We look forward to hopefully seeing you very soon!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Why not bring a little Gershwin into your summer? 
Come join us for some beloved music from the 1930s. One hour of smiles :)

Listen for Life's next free Notes for Nourishment concert is coming up on Sunday, July 30th at 3pm.
Where? - St. Joseph Basilica - 1109 Chestnut St. Alameda, CA 94501.

This concert will include a wonderful collection of Gershwin's most popular songs.We will be celebrating mezzo-soprano Sonja Bruzauskas, an Internationally popular recording artist -,

  and renowned concert pianist, Donna Stoering -

Both Sonja and Donna are renowned Gershwin interpreters who have performed together in Boston's Jordan Hall, in Houston, and in Denver.

There will also be a fabulous surprise guest, but you will just have to come on July 30th to find out who that is. :)

As always, the concert is free to attend and family friendly!

If you have attended one of our concerts before, you will know that we also use these concerts to do what we can to aid or "nourish" those in need through collecting donations for local organizations. Donations at this NFN concert will benefit Bay Area programs that nourish the aging who suffer from Alzheimers and dementia.

For further information, please contact the Listen for Life offices at - 510-540-8136. Please also visit and follow our Notes for Nourishment facebook page to find information about past and future concerts.
We look forward to hopefully seeing you very soon!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Unique June Notes for Nourishment Concert - June 25 - 3pm - St. Joseph Basilica - Alameda, CA

Hello Everyone :) – Welcome to the beginning of summer!

We are beginning our summer concerts with a unique opportunity to host the USA debut tour of Argentine guitarist/pop vocalist Tiano Vas, who has a huge following in South America and Europe. He is joined by harpist Anna Maria Mendieta, who mesmerized our NFN audiences in November, 2016. For this tour as a duo, their concerts are spiritual and devotional in nature, with songs in English & Spanish. Their performance on June 25th will include some of Tiano’s new songs about the beloved Padre Pio, and more. 

A little bit about our performers:

Cristian Ardito (Tiano Vas), Pop Artist & Christian Singer.

With successful tours of South America and Europe, Tiano Vas has delighted audiences with his music combining folk & classical styles. His albums Tiano Vas, El Latido, and Diez, as well as his popular music videos highlight his Latin Rock influences. In 2011, Tiano was invited to perform for the World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid. He was the only Argentine in history to be a part of this unique musical project concluding with an exclusive audience and concert for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

Anna Maria Mendieta, Harpist. 

Anna Maria enjoys a busy career as a soloist, orchestral musician, recording artist and teacher. She has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Russian National Orchestra, and Russian State Ballet. She has performed for Pope Benedict XVI, President Clinton, and the King and Queen of Spain; for National Hispanic Week in Washington D.C. 
Ms. Mendieta has been honored with composers writing new concerto repertoire for her to perform, and she is recognized internationally as a pioneer in performing Argentine Tango music on the harp. She has been praised by The American Symphony Orchestra League as an “exceptional and charismatic soloist”.

Where? - St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda, CA
When? - Sunday, June 25, 3:00pm

This concert's beneficiary will be: Mary's Meals -
Mary's Meals is a wonderful organization with a simple idea that reaches millions.
"We are a no-frills charity with a simple idea that works: by providing one good meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty."
This was one of the organizations that inspired the creation of Notes for Nourishment!

Upcoming Summer NFN Concert Dates:
Sunday, July 30
Sunday, August 27

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May Notes for Nourishment Concert - Come one, Come all :)

Internationally-renowned Artists performing
FREE one-hour, family-friendly concerts
Donations benefit non-profits that nourish the hungry, homeless and hurting of our communities

 Notes for Nourishment Program #14
Sunday May 21, 2017 @ 3:00pm
Venue: St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St, Alameda


Golden Gate Boys Choir
& Bell Ringers

Steven J Meyer, Founder and Director

Friday, April 7, 2017

A short recap on our first 365 days of the Notes for Nourishment concert series!

Notes for Nourishment’s monthly benefit concerts began one year ago this month, in the gorgeous acoustics and ambiance of our host venue, the Basilica of St Joseph in Alameda, California. Since then we've raised over $11,000 for charitable causes and featured world-renowned artists from 15 different countries and cultures! 

Background and Concept: The Notes for Nourishment series is a project of the global nonprofit, Listen for Life. The concept is simple but unique: internationally renowned artists of all cultures/countries, donate their time and talents to nourish their audience; listeners in turn donate funds to benefit nonprofits that nourish the hungry, homeless and hurting in the community and beyond. 
Goals: Our primary goal is to serve great artists who have generous hearts, by giving them a ready-made opportunity to make a greater difference for the causes they care about. Secondly, we want to make it possible for music listeners of all ages and demographics to get the rare opportunity to hear these great artists, for free, in 1-hour, informal, family-friendly programs.And as the monthly series continues to grow a core of loyal, regular attendees from across a large economical and geographical region, we are building, energizing and healing a community, through music. 
Achievements in first year:
During our first year of concerts we've already featured master musicians from North and South America; Western, Central and Eastern Europe; Palestine, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Lebanon, Taiwan, Israel, and China! 

Thanks to the generosity of our performers and their appreciative listeners, all of these concerts have collected a total of over $11,000 in donations for a wide variety of nonprofits and causes, including Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Food Bank, Project Open Hand, Welcome the Stranger (a refugee settlement/assistance program), Bay Area Music Project, Slavyanka, Mercy Retirement and Care Center for Seniors, OIGC, Asian American Women Advocates, Midway Shelter, SAVE in Fremont, Asian American Donor Program, SJND scholarships, SJB projects, MusicaMarin, & Alameda Education Foundation.
Coming up: 
Future beneficiaries (from upcoming months' concerts) include Girls Inc, Alzheimers Services of the East Bay (ASEB), a women's shelter in Oakland, national refugee services organization, Veterans' music therapy services, and many more. 
We've already arranged wonderful, internationally-renowned artists and monthly programs for the rest of 2017 and beyond - for example, some upcoming dates are May 21, June 25, July 30, August 27, September 24....
Expanding the concept
Musicians and music-listeners alike are loving this concept, and LFL has had invites to replicate the series with partner organizations in other cities and countries. The plan is to launch our first such collaborative effort within a few months, in San Jose, California, together with Barbara Day Turner and her San Jose Chamber Orchestra players and their colleagues. 
Announcing LFL's fundraising campaign for the NFN project:
Notes for Nourishment now needs to be the beneficiary of some donated funding itself, to help us cover the many incidental costs that arise when keeping a successful, high quality performance series going on a regular monthly basis (marketing, publicity, printing costs, etc). Then we can ensure that the maximum amount of donations in the concerts go directly to the beneficiary organizations each month. We're also trying to get videos made of each concert and launched on our new NotesForNourishment YouTube channel so that all of you around the globe won't miss any of the performances! 

Can you help? No amount is too small. Listen for Life is hosting a One-Month fundraising campaign right now to celebrate its 19th anniversary worldwide, and it's also participating in #EastBayGives one-day online event on May 4th! 
  • Visit  ANY day between now and May 4th to schedule a donation for Listen for Life, which will greatly benefit the NFN programs. 
  • OR visit ANY day of the yearm and put in  as the beneficiary
  • Traditional postal mail: a check or money order (any country's currency is great!) payable to Listen for Life (marked for NFN if you so wish) can be sent to LFL, 2301 San Antonio Ave, Ste#1, Alameda, Calif. 94501,  USA. 

Follow Notes for Nourishment on our FB page, and follow Listen for Life on FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and more. 
Questions? Call LFL on +1 510 540 8136 or email 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Update on April 2nd concert: a Birthday Party for Rachmaninov, featuring Viola and Piano!

Sunday April 2nd will be our Notes for Nourishment concert #13 in Alameda California! Celebrating the start of our 2nd year of monthly concerts, the program was originally scheduled to feature Rachmaninov's rarely performed Piano Sonata No.1 in d minor, telling the story of Faust through three movements (one for each of the main characters in the famous legend) on the piano, and played by NFN artistic director and host, Donna Stoering ( in honor of the composer's birthday on April 1st. 

BUT.....due to unforseen circumstances (ie, Donna tore/separated a muscle in her right shoulder in recent days and has been ordered to minimize piano playing to let her arm/shoulder heal), the original planned program has been changed: 
Internationally active viola soloist and coach, Ruth Ellen Kahn has kindly agreed to come play a potpourri of viola and piano pieces with Donna's longtime friend Irine Jacobson as her accompanist. Their FREE one-hour, family-friendly program will still include some lovely Russian pieces (including one by Rachmaninov himself) along with a wide variety of other composers and styles, from early music and Baroque to romantic and beyond. 

This promises to be a great program and we are hoping you will come, and support the beneficiary organization for this month, which is now the educational community programs and youth scholarships of Musica Marin, an nonprofit that serves the musicians and music programs of the greater SF Bay Area. 

At the start of the 3pm program, NFN host Donna Stoering will also present a check to, the beneficiary organization of last month's concert where a good-sized crowd seemed to especially love the Rachmaninov Piano Trio that concluded the program, performed by The Carpenter's Trio (Tom Stone, violin, Amy Leung, cello, and Donna on piano). 

Interested in a bio of Ruth Ellen Kahn, the featured performer for April 2nd? See below! And hope to see you there! 

PS if you miss any particular NFN concert and want to hear audio, watch video, or enjoy some beautiful photos taken live by our generous professional-photographer volunteer, Jim Carolan, you might visit his website at and look for the Notes for Nourishment folder! We'll also be launching some audio/video links from this concert series on a new YouTube channel soon. 
Ruth Ellen Kahn, violist, is a graduate of The Juilliard School and native of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her teachers have included Karen Tuttle, Paul Doktor, Heiichiro Ohyama, Louis Kievman, and the world-renowned violist, William Primrose.
Ms. Kahn has performed on every important concert stage in this country including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, among others. Her extensive chamber music experience includes performing with such eminent artists as Cynthia Phelps, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Maurice Bourgue, the Miro String Quartet, the Colorado String Quartet and West End Chamber Players. She has received numerous awards, prizes and critical acclaim, as well as invitations to perform for such organizations as the New York Viola Society and the Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California. She has also performed as soloist with the Mexico City Philharmonic and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Ruth has been artistic director of two chamber music series in both New York and New Jersey, one of which resulted in a recital in Carnegie Recital Hall as a recipient of the Artist's International Competition Award. Among the many orchestras with which she has played are the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, the San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Ruth is also an accomplished violinist, and is co-concertmaster of The Russian Chamber Orchestra of the Bay Area.

Ruth has toured with the New England Symphonic and New York Chamber Ensembles to Morocco, Israel and Jordan, where they performed for the Royal Families. In addition, she has been invited numerous times to perform at the Spoleto Festival in Italy.

Ms. Kahn is very active in the area of viola pedagogy and has been the assistant to Paul Doktor at The Juilliard School, taught master classes and has maintained a private studio in both the New York metropolitan and San Francisco Bay areas. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Musica Marin, a Bay Area-based nonprofit organization that “preserves music for the future” through live concerts and educational programs.  She is also currently on the faculty of InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy.

“The viola recital by Ruth Kahn showed off the naturally rich sound of her instrument..Kahn let loose with a welter of secure technical passages and produced double-stops that were vibrantly in tune, Kahn sunk into the dark sound of her viola and pulled the harmonies out with full color.” -Paul Somers, Classical New Jersey