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.
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.
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.
In December, mezzo-soprano Melinda Becker will perform works by Berio, Barber, and Debussy.
New York City-based trombonist William Lang will perform a solo set of new works.
Boston-based ensemble Transient Canvas (bass clarinet and marimba) presents some exciting new works!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We heard from pianist James Stone, violist/composer Scott Rubin, and butoh dancer Shoshanna Greene. See below for a video!
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.
We’ll be hearing from composer Jason Thorpe Buchanan and wine industry expert Jose Coronado. Please join us for two very interesting talks!
We heard from composer/guitarist Dr. Matthew Hough and vocalist/music theorist Meg Wilhoite, performing original compositions by Matthew.
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.
This June, we heard from contemporary pianist Andy Costello and Beckett scholar Dr. Emily Zubernis.
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’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’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.
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.
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.