After weeks of the relentless bombardment of ads for Black Friday, Plaid Saturday, Cyber Monday… and the endless stream of gotta haves, I find I am faced with an existential question. Are we here to live this life experientially or consumptively? For me, this question begets another. Where does one find meaning? My answer points toward beauty, creativity, and community. For 29 years Noontime Concerts has offered the San Francisco community a weekly opportunity to escape the claws of consumerism and gather for a meaningful experience of sharing and listening to beautiful music.
As an encouragement for your escape, Noontime Concerts is offering an extraordinary 29th-anniversary celebration and holiday season that will usher in a luminous New Year. I am thrilled to announce that for the opening anniversary event on Tuesday, December 5, the profoundly eloquent Delphi Trio will grace our stage and delight our ears with a William Bolcom piece written for and dedicated to the Delphi Trio followed by Beethoven’s Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2. On December 12, we are pleased to feature pianist, Zachary Weiner, a talented young emerging artist who is on the cusp of a brilliant career. Then on December 19, you must plan to celebrate the season with us when we feature a glorious and vibrant holiday program of carols and spirituals sung by sopranos, Shawnette Sulker and Hope Briggs and lyric baritone, Robert Sims.
That’s just the beginning of a sparkling collection of artists and performances that will light up our stage and your spirits during these winter months. From dynamic duets, terrific trios, and captivating quintets to solo piano, and virtuosic vocal performance, we offer each program and its thoughtfully curated repertoire as our gift to you this holiday season and New Year.
When Noontime Concerts was founded, Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral generously provided the first concert venue. I want to express my deep gratitude to the clergy and staff for continuing to share their elegant and acoustically perfect sanctuary and for allowing our talented musicians to match the majesty of this lovely church with their magnificent performances. We are grateful that one of San Francisco’s historical landmarks is home to one of its most vibrant and essential cultural organizations.
Each week when members of the audience share their enthusiasm and appreciation for the concert I feel grateful to our staff and volunteers who through their commitment and contribution continue to invigorate and enhance Noontime’s weekly programming. Much of Noontime Concerts’ success is the result of the dedicated efforts of our devoted Board of Directors, the creativity and competence of our Artistic Advisory Council, and the skill and focus of our hardworking staff.
Now I pose the existential question to you, Noontime’s friends, audience members, and patrons, where will you find and express meaning this holiday season and New Year? For meaning is reciprocal. We cannot offer you these exquisite weekly programs without your ongoing concert attendance and financial support. You are essential to the future of this beautiful and meaningful weekly musical experience and community service. Please consider making a generous tax-deductible donation of $50, $75, $250 or more to Noontime Concerts in reciprocity for our musical offering.
You can always make a contribution in one of these three ways:
- At a concert via the white donations box
- By clicking Donate, One Time Gift, or Recurring Gift
- In the mail using the enclosed donation envelope.
This year we ask that, in addition to your attendance and contributions, you help share what our concerts mean to you through social media. If you do use social media please consider sharing the Noontime Concerts postings on your Facebook page and invite your friends to sign up for our weekly emails.
From all of us at Noontime Concerts, thank you all for finding meaning in our music for 29 years.
NOONTIME CONCERTS is an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts organization, Federal ID #94-3123314. We are supported by public donations; donations at concert time; grants and gifts from the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Grants for the Arts; the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists and people like you!