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April 21, 2010 > Connecting with music and friends - the salon experience

Connecting with music and friends - the salon experience

By Janet Grant

Frederic Chopin had them. So did Franz Liszt. Franz Schubert's even lasted until three o'clock in the morning. What did all these great composers share in common? Salon performances; or the 19th century's answer to the most sought after parties in town!

On Sunday, April 25, Music at the Mission presents its own stylish gathering with the second of its new Salon Series Performances at the beautiful Fremont home of Yuping Li and Ganlin Wu.

Historically, salons were places where intellectuals and the cultural elite gathered in the home of an inspiring host or hostess to "please and educate." Like-minded people could get together and socialize and enjoy themselves in a comfortable and intimate setting. Chamber music performed by composers such as Chopin and Liszt were often enjoyed in these salons of Europe and the experience of listening to and playing chamber music in a salon was very much a social event in the 19th Century and earlier.

Music at the Mission's leading-edge chamber music series is all about pleasing and educating; its program dedicated to the cultural vitality of Fremont and the Tri-City Area. The mission: To provide artistic excellence through the presentation of engaging and exceptional chamber music concerts in one of California's historic sites, Old Mission San Jose; to provide accessibility through outreach programs and educational pre-concert talks; and to help create a support system for young musicians to ensure the development and longevity of classical music.

Aileen Chanco, Director and Artistic Director of Music at the Mission, explains, "Chamber Music is all about 'connecting' and 'conversing' among the artists and the audience through music. Music is a universal language that can connect people on a soul level." The intimate setting of a salon is the perfect vehicle for that one-of-a-kind sharing between musician and listener.

For its fifth season of providing innovative chamber music to the Tri-City audience, Music at the Mission added the Salon Series. These Salon performances celebrate the marriage of close company and chamber music in a small and pleasant setting.

Music at the Mission believes that this type of experience - being up front and personal with some of the finest chamber musicians in the Bay Area - can be a unique and profound type of concert experience. "Which is why we look to presenting these Salon Series Performances in some of the most beautiful homes in the Tri-City Area," Ms. Chanco adds.

The upcoming April 25th performance, will feature Idaho native Rhonda Bradetich on flute, and Bay Area musicians, Double Bassist, Bill Everett, and pianist Aileen Chanco in a performance of J.S. Bach's "Cello Suite no. 2," Joseph Haydn's, "Trio no. 2," Franz Schubert's "Introduction and Variations from Trockne Blumen, op. 160," Jon Deak's "BB Wolf", and C.M. Widor's "Suite for Flute and Piano, op. 34."

In addition to great music in a salon setting, listeners will enjoy fine food and wine at the April 25th fundraiser. And afterward, as with all Music and the Mission performances, there will be ample opportunity to mingle and speak with the artists. All proceeds from the event will go toward both Music at the Mission's main stage performances and education programs.

Save the date and experience chamber music the old-fashioned way - in a fine home, and by connecting with both the artists and fellow music lovers. As in the salon performances of the past, this event is the most sought after party in town!

For more information, visit

Salon Series Performance
Sunday, April 25
1 p.m.
At the home of Yuping Li and Ganlin Wu
Tickets, $75

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