Vernon Salon Series

The Vernon Salon Series is a monthly gathering that pairs music with another art medium. Its mission is to provide Bay Area artists (and others who are visiting!) an informal setting to present and discuss new works with friends.



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.

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.



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.



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.


stephanie bassoon


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

Photo credit: Roger Rohrbach


Photo credit: Roger Rohrbach



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.

Photo credit: Roger Rohrbach
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Photo credit: Roger Rohrbach



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.


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