March 27, 2018


A program of Western music written in and for Chinese courts, as well as Chinese music transcribed by European visitors of the 17th and 18th centuries.

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February 2018

Dear Friends,

Lately, my intention is to learn more about the life and work of Claude Debussy. This year March 25 will mark the 100th anniversary of his death and Noontime Concerts will begin a Debussy Festival to honor this legendary musician, composer, and critic of the 19th and early 20th centuries. As I read about him and listen to his music there is a reverence for the creative impulse as it continuously challenges and transcends established orthodoxy and tradition. Listening carefully to his music, I have a deeper sense of what Debussy meant when he said, “Music is the space between the notes.” It is in these infinite moments that the composer, musician, and listener simultaneously create the music. So, friends, I invite you to join us weekly and to occupy your interior spaces with these musical moments.

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Concerts begin at 12:30pm every Tuesday
Old St. Mary's Cathedral,
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Sustaining the Future of Live Classical Music

10 Reasons to Enjoy and Support Noontime Concerts

  1. Neuro-musicology studies show that music has positive therapeutic effects, such as reducing pain and improving memory
  2. Ambient sound—like classical music—can improve work productivity and elevate moods
  3. By simply attending a lunchtime concert, you will be helping to support musicians whose entire focus is honing their craft through performance
  4. Although there is no religious affiliation, the concert venue is the serene, historic Old St. Mary’s Cathedral—consider lighting a candle for the universe while you’re there
  5. By becoming a Noontime Concerts audience member, you can extend the legacy of this nonprofit organization and ensure it’s here for the next generation
  6. Politics aside, art and culture need sustained giving, at a time when federal support is diminishing
  7. The “cool factor”—tell your friends how you spent an amazing, often transforming lunch hour listening to live music
  8. If music is your food of choice, then there is such a thing as a free lunch—free classical concerts for your viewing and listening pleasure
  9. You never know who you’ll meet at a concert: an emerging artist, a world-renowned musician, or any of the many culture-loving friends of Noontime Concerts
  10. Need a “good reason” to get away from your desk? Tell your boss a surgeon general suggests a one way to combat workplace burnout is to make social connections—so, come to a concert and bring a friend!

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Noontime Concerts is an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts organization, Federal ID #94-3123314.
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Noontime Concerts is a free weekly concert series in San Francicso.

Since 1989 Noontime Concerts has presented hundreds of classical concerts by local and international musicians, and continues to fulfill its mission to enrich the community and cultural life of the Bay Area.

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