Where the Salon Experience
meets the 21st century.
St Urban is a salon series of commissioned music, classic works, and conversation between listeners and performers
St Urban brings the salon experience into the 21st century, exploring the culture of composers and their contemporaries. With chamber music at its core and an annual world premiere, our intimate evenings engage audience and artists in music and conversation.
We begin this season with Kinan Azmeh’s Songs for Days to Come, Vol. 2 ~ five poems by living Syrian poets, for soprano, clarinet, cello, and piano. Join us for the world premiere November 30, 2017 at Symphony Space’s Thalia Theater.
In January, we return to the living room for salons that explore the foreign and the familiar, and ask: What happens when composers and poets step outside of or steep themselves in their comfort zones?
Samuel Barber and Rainer Marie Rilke embraced the foreign in the francophonic Melodies Passageres. Darius Milhaud exploited jazz and blues in his depiction of African creation myth. Mahler’s Wayfarer and Wolfgang Rihm’s Ophelia wander in desolation, aliens in their own worlds.
And sometimes the familiar is the perfect language: Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata is a slice of home for New Yorkers. Dumky Trio embodies Dvořák’s homeland through folkloric melodies. In the Spring Sonata, we hear the pastoral countryside in which Beethoven felt most at home.
St Urban Salons takes its name from the beaux-arts building on Central Park where the salons take place. Memberships are limited.
ST URBAN FOUNDER
Pianist Lenore Davis is known for presenting innovative programming, for her exceptional musicianship and ease of rapport with audience members. Her background in chamber music is rooted in her studies with the Beaux Arts’ Menahem Pressler and grew as she founded and directed of NJ’s premier chamber series (Arbor Chamber Music – 1992-2006). Through her commitment to intimate concerts, she promotes dialogues between audience, performers and creative artists. In 2013, she created the unique St Urban concerts, where curated programs mingle classic and new works of chamber music with readings and literature.