A few weeks ago, during one of Noontime’s piano concerts, a musician came into the back of Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral to drop off some information. As he handed me the envelope, he stopped, turned to face the performance, and gasped. Then he looked back at me with a beatific smile and said, “I have never heard that transition played in that way and so beautifully. I am glad I came when I did.” With my heart soaring, all I could say was, “I am too.” It is my pleasure to offer these weekly programs knowing that moments like this one are happening over and over again for those who play and attend Noontime Concerts. This is part of the magic of experiencing live classical music performance in an intimate setting.
The upcoming fall concert series will begin with a celebration of Amy Beach who was the first successful American female composer. Tuesday, September 5, is her 150th birthday and we will feature some of her most memorable solo and chamber works. Please plans to join us to for a rare opportunity to hear a live concert of Amy Beach’s compositions.
For the next three months, Noontime Concerts will present performances as rich and vibrant as the colors of autumn played by exceptionally talented local and international touring artists. You can look forward to programs with unique and varied repertoire played on strings, woodwinds, and piano; including internationally renowned classical guitarist, Paul Galbraith who will be on tour from London and will play transcriptions from his 8-string Brahms guitar. The concert calendar is your easy reference to all of Noontime’s upcoming programs.
As the fall season begins the Noontime Concerts Summer Fund Drive is coming to what we hope will be a successful close. However, we need your support to meet our $17,000 goal by September 20. Your generous tax-deductible donations of $50, $75, $150 or more help to guarantee the future of San Francisco’s weekly musical lunch break. 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.
We are truly grateful for every dollar of financial support.I recently read a description of chamber music as, “making music among friends,” I would also like to think that the definition extends to making music for friends. That is what we strive to do each week. Thank you for being a part of the Noontime Concerts community of music makers, enthusiasts, and supporters.
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!