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 (dstoering@gmail.com). 

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 (www.listenforlife.org), 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! 

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