Saturday, July 25, 2020

Link for Livestream on 7/26 and further NEWS re Covid19 projects of NFN


YouTube LiveStream link for 1pm PDT (9pm BDT) on Sunday July 26: 
https://youtu.be/A64CHiGoAUw

For those of you wishing to donate to the Children's Hospital for their support of frontline workers during Covid19, the donation information will be available on that YouTube page. 


It is also available now, and for a limited time after the concert, through ListenForLife.org and its donations page on Flipcause:

Donation: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/ODk1NDg=

And remember, Notes for Nourishment now has two divisions: 

  • NFN LIVE Online (fundraising concerts for causes or nonprofits that nourish the homeless, hungry or hurting among us)  and
  • NFN Outreach -   projects that bring healing music to groups or one-on-one to individuals.                                                                                                                                    During this time of Covid19 we have access to grants that will help us provide these services for free to hospitals, hospice centers, ICUs, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or homebound individuals - so our only challenge right now is to FIND the facilities that will allow us to partner with them and provide these unique programs and services. If you know anyone (a facility or an individual) who would be interested please connect with us! 
Warmest wishes,
NFN co-directors Josie Chan and Donna Stoering
josiechan7@yahoo.com     dstoering@gmail.com 

PS - New website!! created by Josie:   NotesForNourishment.org 

Check out its media page for videos from previous NFN concerts over the years, and the pages for Artists and Beneficiaries give a wonderful glimpse into our history and the wide range of causes and nonprofits we have been able to help through your donations. 
(THANK YOU!) 

BIOS of Eric Wang and Emilia Diaz Delgado, performers for July 26 NFN LIVE Online

We promised to share some interesting bio "tidbits" from one of our 
young award-winning performers for the Sunday July 26 concert!

Emilia Diaz Delgado writes:


"I am an 11-year-old guitarist, birder, and aspiring party entertainer, also talented at writing, crafts, imagination, and losing at solitaire (but since the game’s against myself I like to see losing as winning…) 
I have the honor of studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Scott Cmiel, where I have performed in various recitals. I have also performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Sonora in Mexico, and in fundraising events and community concerts.  
I have performed in masterclasses with Manuel Barrueco, Julian Gray, Smaro Gregoriadou, David Leisner, Joao Luiz, Michael Newman, Laura Oltman, Richard Savino, Christopher Stell, Meng Su, Ben Verdery, and Jason Vieaux.  
I won second place in the San Francisco division of the CalASTA competition, and was honored to be chosen to perform in the NPR show, From The Top.                      
I enjoy: staring off into space at the most inconvenient times (Algebra?) and Harry Potter (reading in general…) I play guitar on my front porch once in a while, in firm belief that the birds sing along with me. I also enjoy interacting with all nature (not counting the Komodo dragons, of course.) I love having fun, playing games with my grandparents, and (in case you hadn’t figured this bit out) making jokes - and am currently learning how to blog without deleting all my posts." 
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We asked Emilia to explain why she suggested (and Eric agreed) to have the Children's Hospital as the beneficiary of her program with Eric. She answered, with (in our view) tremendous insight and awareness for an 11 year old:
 
"After the tragic suicide of Dr. Lorna M. Breen, who worked at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, I realized that this time is very stressful for doctors. I decided that streaming the concert and making it accessible to the doctors and nurses would be very powerful and motivating. I believe if Dr. Breen had had access to art in these times, her life would have had a very different ending.  

This hospital, located in Florida - one of the states hardest struck by the virus - serves children, and I consider it a great privilege to be able to help other kids like me, as well as the doctors who help them. I hope that funds raised can be used both to buy supplies such as masks, goggles, and gowns, and, if possible, to fund emotional therapy programs for the front-line workers. " 
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Eric Wang and Emilia Diaz Delgado have both performed on our Notes for Nourishment concerts before, generously donating their time and talents to raise funds for a variety of nonprofits nourishing the homeless, hungry or hurting in their communities and beyond. 

Eric Wang is now 16 and a 10th grader at Valley Christian High School in his hometown of San Jose, CA. He started classical guitar at age 4 and he is now studying with Robert Miller at California Conservatory of Music.                                                                            
Eric is the 1st prize winner of many guitar competitions, including the prestigious  Guitar Foundation of America Guitar Competition (2018, Youth Junior Division, and 2020 Youth Senior Division!) and Parkening International Guitar Competition (2019 Youth).
He was a featured guitarist on NPR’s From the Top show just this past April.                      Recently, he became 2020 National YoungArts Finalist and participated in their prestigious events for a week in Miami (fortunately, before the lockdown), receiving the Silver Tier award.

Eric Wang has had masterclasses with many distinguished guitarists including Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Zoran Dukic, Benjamin Verdery, the Eden-Stell Guitar Duo, Nicholas Goluses, Marcus Tardelli, Ian O’Sullivan, Montenegrian Guitar Duo and Judicael Perroy.

Competitions
1st Prize – 2020 GFA IYC Senior Division 06/2020 
1 st Prize – 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition Youth 05/2019
1 st Prize – 2018 GFA Youth Junior 06/2018
1 st Prize – 2018 GFA Large Ensemble Youth Division 06/2018
1 st Prize – San Francisco Bay Guitar Festival & Competition Youth I 11/2018
1 st Prize – San Francisco Bay Guitar Festival & Competition Youth II 12/2017
1 st prize – Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition Youth II 06/2016

Friday, July 24, 2020

PROGRAM for the upcoming NFN LIVE Online concert on Sunday July 26


Hi everyone! Coming to hear our livestream NFN LIVE online concert on July 26?
Don't forget, that is this Sunday, July 26 at 1pm PDT (Calif USA timezone)

Here, below, is the Program of classical guitar pieces that will be performed by our two award-winning young guest artists. Emilia Diaz Delgado will perform the first half of the program, and the second half will feature Eric Wang.

Notes for Nourishment Program 7/26 

Mauro Giuliani 
Variations on Folies D'Espagne 
Heitor Villa-Lobos 
Etude No. 11 
Isaac Albeniz 
Asturias 
Agustín Pío Barrios 
Danza Paraguaya 
Emilia Diaz Delgado, guitar 
Johann Sebastian Bach 
Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro BWV 998 
Prelude and Allegro
Manuel Maria Ponce 
Sonata Romantica (4 movements)
Sérgio Assad 
Aquarelle (movements 2 and 3)
Eric Wang, guitar 

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.