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

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 19 - Notes for Nourishment Concert - 3pm at St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda, CA

It is March, Notes for Nourishment Time!
Come join us for some wonderful chamber music 🎶

We have made three postings to give you the chance to meet the performers who will be presenting this weekend's concert. Scroll down through the postings to find out more! :)

Meet the Performers

The Pianist: Donna Stoering

Donna Stoering is a world-renowned pianist and the founder/artistic director of LISTEN FOR LIFE.  She will perform for us on  Sunday, March 19th at 3pm at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut, Alameda.
Donna Stoering, Founder & Artistic Director
Internationally-renowned social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, Marshall Scholar, and Artistic Ambassador for both the UK and the USA; award-winning recording artist, concert performer, television host, presenter/producer, author and educator; Artist in Residence at Oxford (St Edmund Hall); has been the subject of one-hour interview specials on BBC, NPR, PBS affiliates and the national networks of Eastern Europe, South America and Asia. Received 2013 Woman of Legacy award from Powerful Women International for the founding/impact of Listen for Life worldwide.

Join us to see Donna Stoering perform along with cellist Amy Leung and violinist Tom Stone on Sunday, March 19th.

March 19 - “The Carpenter’s Trio” - St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda, CA - 3pm

Meet the Performers

The Violinist: Tom Stone
We are very fortunate to have Tom Stone, an internationally successful violinist, perform for us on  Sunday, March 19th at 3pm at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut, Alameda.
Tom Stone was born in Chicago where he studied music with Hilel Kagan.  At age 16 he attended Tanglewood where he coached with Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet and played in an orchestra under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. After this experience his focus on music became increasingly intense. Mr. Stone went on to pursue musical studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  His major teachers have included Donald Weilerstein, Zvi Zeitlin, Gyorgy Sebok, and Bonnie Hampton.  Mr. Stone has also performed in masterclasses for Issac Stern and members of the Amadeus, Emerson, Juilliard Quartets and LaSalle Quartets. He has performed with many distinguished artists including Awadagin Pratt, Leon Fleisher, Zuill Bailey, Jon Nakamatsu, Ian Hobson, and Donald Weilerstein. During his 20 years as a founding member of the Cypress String Quartet, Mr. Stone performed in major musical venues all over the world including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress and the Ravinia Festival.  He also commissioned and premiered works by George Tsontakis, Jennifer Higdon, Benjamin Lees, Philippe Hersant and Elena Ruehr. Mr. Stone has served as artistic director of the Centrum Chamber Music Festival and has worked closely with educational and arts organizations throughout the country to conceptualize and implement some of the nation’s most innovative educational programs. He has also served as treasurer of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, board member of Chamber Music America, and panelist for the San Francisco Arts Commission. Mr. Stone plays on a violin made in Cremona, Italy by Carlos Bergonzi in 1734.

To see Tom Stone perform along with cellist Amy Leung and pianist/host Donna Stoering, join us on Sunday, March 19th.

March 19 - Notes for Nourishment Alameda - Meet The Performers - Cellist, Amy Leung

“The Carpenter’s Trio” - March 19 - 3pm - St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda, CA.

Meet the Performers:
The Cellist: Amy Leung
Amy Leung is one of the three incredibly talented individuals who will be performing for us on Sunday, March 19th at 3pm at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut, Alameda.
Cellist Amy Leung has performed chamber music throughout the US and in Europe, Israel, Hong Kong, China, Australia and Guatemala, and has appeared in concert with the Emerson and Guarneri Quartets, the Kennedy Center Theatre Chamber Players, Washington Bach Consort and Washington Musica Viva.  She was winner of the Kranichsteiner Interpretation Prize at the International Music Institute, Darmstadt.  She was Associate Clinical Professor at the George Washington University and has taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Utah.  She has given master classes and lecture/demonstrations at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Georgetown University, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Urban Council, ASTA/ESTA International Workshops in Graz and the Duke Ellington School for the Arts (Washington, DC).  A graduate of the New England Conservatory, she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a Guarneri Fellow at the University of Maryland.  Born in San Francisco, Amy moved back to the Bay Area in 2010 to raise a family.  During the summer she performs as a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Join us on Sunday, March 19th to see her perform along with violinist Tom Stone and pianist/host Donna Stoering.