Free Classical Concert Scheduled in Palo Alto

Performers include Fortnightly pianists Patricia Cheng and Melissa Smith, flutist Tomiko Tsai, and a saxophone quartet assembled by Fortnightly member Ted Brown.


Arts Action 21 and the Fortnightly Music Club are co-sponsoring a free concert featuring 12 Bay Area classical musicians on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Music includes a Bay Area composer, entitled “Reverberations: Music That Moves”. The event serves both as the opening concert of Fortnightly’s 105th season and as part of Arts Action 21’s 4th annual celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month in Silicon Valley.

“Reverberations: Music That Moves” will feature the exquisitely moving solo piano compositions of Brahms and Chopin, two complete works of Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen, including her “San Andreas Suite” – each movement of which features a city along the fault line which “moved” during The Big One in 1989 – and a medley of pieces for saxophone quartet.

Performers include Fortnightly pianists Patricia Cheng and Melissa Smith, flutist Tomiko Tsai, and a saxophone quartet assembled by Fortnightly member Ted Brown – and some of those up tempo sax arrangements really do move!

The event will be held at the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, in Palo Alto. Free parking is available in adjacent lots and streets.

Refreshments will be served following the program. Complete program details are available at both www.artsaction21.org and www.fortnightlymusicclub.org.

“The Fortnightly Music Club has a long and storied history of providing high-quality live music experiences, a much-needed service for both our audiences and our member/performer communities," said David Saslav, President of the Fortnightly Music Club since 2011. "This year, we are delighted to collaborate with Arts Action 21, underscoring the vital importance of participating in and appreciating the arts at this critical time in our country,”

Arts Action 21 was founded in 2009, with the mission of nurturing a thriving arts community in the 21st century. The organization promotes arts activity and appreciation by organizing a celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month every October, and by presenting emerging and established artists to the Silicon Valley community.

Arts Action 21 enlivens the performing arts community by connecting artists and audiences, through live performances as well as community television broadcasts.

National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), first declared in October 1993, is a nationwide, coast-to-coast celebration of culture in our country. Coordinated by Americans for the Arts (www.artsusa.org), NAHM has become the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and newspaper articles, communities across the United States join together in recognizing the cultural gems in their midst.

“National Arts and Humanities Month showcases the fundamental role the arts play in creating productive citizens and vibrant communities and fostering the independent expression vital to a free society,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and national coordinator of Arts and Humanities Month. “And part of the importance of emphasizing the arts in the month of October is to encourage our citizens to establish, deepen and expand their relationships with the arts and humanities.”

National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. NAHM is designed to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities.

This month-long celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which Americans for the Arts, along with the National Endowment for the Arts, began in 1985. More information about National Arts and Humanities Month is available online at: www.AmericansForTheArts.org/nahm.

Americans for the Arts has a record of more than 50 years of service, and is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

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It should be noted Ms. Tsai will also perform as a member of the Divisa Ensemble on this program as well, in the presentation of Ms. Deussen's "San Andreas Suite". Ms. Tsai and Ms. Smith will perform Ms. Deussen's "Julia's Song" and "Jubilate" for Violin and Piano. Saxophonist Ted Brown and his sax quartet will perform music of Frescobaldi, Clerisse, Vellones, Debussy, and others.


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