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
Named after the Beaux-Arts building on Central Park where the salons take place, St Urban is a musical parlor for the 21st century.
St Urban invites audiences to hear unique programs, extraordinary performances, and investigate musical ideas and inspirations. The series explores the creative arc of music and its relation to other arts through performance and conversation with musicians, visual artists, writers and composers.
Each season features a discussion theme, programs that explore that theme, and a newly commissioned work by the composer who inspired that theme. To explore some of our past commissions, click here.
In last season’s salons we explored literature inspired by music and shared programs of Bach, Beethoven, Beeferman, Schumann and Kurtag, and the musically inspired literature of Tolstoy, Laurie Stone, and Itamar Moses.
This season we share music and words of composers and their contemporaries. Our programs will include Beethoven, Ravel, Apollinaire, Strauss, Gershwin, and much more! Our commissioned work this year is a setting of letters of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms for two singers and piano, by composer and pianist Michael Brown.
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.