Vernon Salon Series

The Vernon Salon Series is a monthly contemporary art gathering whose mission is to provide Bay Area musicians (and others who are visiting!) an informal setting to present and discuss new works with friends.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

NOVEMBER

In November, we will hear from the Liberty Street Piano Trio – Poppea Dorsam (cello), Josepha Fath (violin), and Lauren Cony (piano). They will be playing trios by Rebecca Clarke, Lera Auerbach, Amy Beach, and Nadia Boulanger.

 

DECEMBER
Renegade Duo is Jon Mendle, guitarist and Melinda Becker, mezzo soprano. Utilizing both historical and modern instruments, they perform uncommon and rarely heard repertoire for guitar and voice. The will be performing a contemporary set by California-based composer Gary Eister, obscure songs by 19th century guitar composers Salvador Castro de Gistau and Karl Eulenstein, as well as a set by John Dowland. Jon will be playing lute, 19th century guitar, and modern guitar on the program.

 

2018

JANUARY

New York City-based trombonist William Lang will perform a solo set of new works.

 

FEBRUARY

Boston-based ensemble Transient Canvas (bass clarinet and marimba) presents some exciting new works!

 

MARCH

Clarinetist Sophie Huet and her piano trio will perform works by Beethoven and Brahms.

 

APRIL

San Francisco-based Siroko Duo (Victoria Hauk and Jessie Nucho) will perform some new works.

 

 

PAST SHOWS

 

OCTOBER

In October, we’ll center around the theme of Banned Books and Music, in solidarity with Banned Books week, which took place in late September. In collaboration with Phonochrome, musicians Elizabeth Talbert (flute) and Sophie Huet (clarinet) will present a timely, musical exploration of artistic and literary censorship. The show features music inspired by banned literature, including Unsuk Chin’s Advice from a Caterpillar (from Alice in Wonderland), and music from banned composers, including J.S. Bach, whose works were censored during China’s Cultural Revolution.

 

SEPTEMBER

After a summer break, we’re excited to present the fabulous contemporary flute trio Areon Flutes! They will be performing pieces they commissioned from composers Ryan Rey, Julie Barwick, Elainie Lillios, and Dan Becker.

 

 

JUNE

June was Music Trivia Night at the Vernon Salon Series, hosted by the inimitable Ben Zucker. We’ll be taking a brief summer break for July and August.

 

 

 

 

MAY

I’m delight to present cellist Helen Newby and composer Ben Zucker. Helen will be playing some new pieces from her premiere solo album that featured commissions by David Bird, Danny Clay, Adam Hirsh, Kurt Isaacson, and Haley Shaw. Ben is a musician interested in testing the limits between conceptual and music material through an eclectic practice of composing, improvisation, movement, and sound design. For the Salon, he will be presenting a lecture-performance realizing his ‘conceptual topography’ scores incorporating text, graphics, notations, and performance.

 

 

APRIL

Local East Bay musicians Amy Zanrosso and Alisa Rose will perform Prokofiev’s First Violin and Piano sonata. Afterwards, artist Victoria Welling will continue our discussion from February about women in the arts.

 

MARCH

Vernon Street resident and cellist/composer Lewis Patzner will be performing originals and transcriptions for solo cello. Lewis is a local freelancer and plays in a variety of style. His groups include Town Quartet, Musical Art Quintet, Cosa Nostra Strings, Devotionals, and Judgement Day.

 

FEBRUARY

Join us for a talk about Women in the Arts! Flutist Jessie Nucho will be performing two solos works with electronics and fixed media by Kaija Saariaho and Eve Beglarian, and we’ll follow up with a talk by composer Emma Logan, mixed media artist Victoria Welling, and writer Lindsay Merbaum.

 

JANUARY

We heard from pianist James Stone, violist/composer Scott Rubin, and butoh dancer Shoshanna Greene. See below for a video!

 

2016

 

DECEMBER

Please join us for the last Vernon Salon of 2016, marking a full year of this house series! We’ll be hearing from members of the [Switch~Ensemble]: Madison Greenstone on clarinet, T.J. Borden on cello, Wei-Han Wu on piano, and Jason Thorpe Buchanan on electronics. They will be performing works by Ben Isaacs, Chris Chandler, Max Murray, Matt Sargent, and Anthony Pateras.

 

 

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NOVEMBER
Come hear fabulous local musicians Mark Clifford and Crystal Pascucci play this month at the Vernon Salon Series. Mark and Crystal will be playing some duos, and Mark will also be sharing some words about how he personally addresses the unique challenges of composing for various types of ensembles – he’ll discuss reconciling personal composition style and ensemble aesthetics and how to give performers room to be the brilliant musicians and improvisers that they are within the context of pieces that are specifically notated.

 

 

OCTOBER

Presentations this month include a performance of Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata by San Francisco pianist Allegra Chapman and a talk by Little Opera’s founder, Erin Bregman.

 

SEPTEMBER

We’ll be hearing from composer Jason Thorpe Buchanan and wine industry expert Jose Coronado. Please join us for two very interesting talks!

 

AUGUST

We heard from composer/guitarist Dr. Matthew Hough and vocalist/music theorist Meg Wilhoite, performing original compositions by Matthew.

 

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JULY

We heard from Dr. Stephanie Patterson, a bassoonist who teaches at Columbus State University in Georgia. Guitarist Robert Nance also presented a talk about Kevin Volans’ Sixth String Quartet and a recent speech that Volans gave at a music conference in Ireland.

 

JUNE

This June, we heard from contemporary pianist Andy Costello and Beckett scholar Dr. Emily Zubernis.

 

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Photo credit: Roger Rohrbach

 

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Photo credit: Roger Rohrbach

 

 

MAY

At May’s Salon, we heard selections from the horn trios of Johannes Brahms and Eric Ewazen, performed by Caitlin McSherry, Monika Warchol, and Anne Rainwater. John Cage’s Living Room Music was also performed, followed by a presentation by local composer Danny Clay.

 

APRIL

April’s Salon was a delightful presentation by Liaison, a Baroque five-piece ensemble, and Rachana Vajjhala, a musicologist from UC Berkeley who specializes in French ballet and spoke about Debussy’s Jeux.

 

MARCH

March’s Salon was underwater themed! We heard guitarist Matt Linder play a Mozart transcription and George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale, performed by Doug Machiz (of Friction Quartet), Jessie Nucho, and Anne Rainwater. We also listened to local illustrator Emily Dove Barton, as she read us her new book Wendell the Narwhal.

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Photo credit: Roger Rohrbach

 

FEBRUARY

In February, we heard the music of Robert Nance performed by Kevin Rogers, Abigail Nance, and the composer himself. We also heard poet Roy Doughty read some of his recent writings.

 

 

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JANUARY

In January, we heard a bass clarinet piece played by Dr. Mara Plotkin, visiting clarinet professor at University of the Pacific. We also saw and heard about the work of local visual artist Victoria Welling.

 

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Victoria talking about a selection from her mixed media piece, hair 1-5, January 22, 2016.
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