Salon Se Lève


Since 1999, this monthly performance series presents, supports and encourages Minnesota’s most gifted emerging young artists, utilizing the 19th century ambiance of a salon concert. Pre-college musicians are chosen to perform in this series after winning a major regional, national or international competition in the previous school year. These recitals are presented by the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Salon se Lève’s Volunteer Council/Contributing Membership and the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Downtown, Minneapolis.  As has been our tradition, all concerts (except the Benefit Concert) are free and open to the public. The program is funded through generous donations of its contributing members.

Announcing the 2017-18 Concert Season!

Hear the world’s greatest music played by some of Minnesota’s finest young artists in a setting as it was first meant to be heard … the “salon!” …. The Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, in partnership with the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts and the Salon se Lève Contributing Members are proud to present six recitals, featuring our amazing young regional artists in an intimate venue – reminiscent of old world salons. Offered in the Art Gallery at HAUMC, this “up-close-and-personal” setting brings the music and performers directly to the audience, stirring hearts and arousing emotions and imaginations as only a true salon atmosphere can! Join us for these exciting Sunday afternoon concerts as we encourage Minnesota’s own emerging young artists in the coming season:

January 14th, 2:30 PM: Joyce Zhao (violin) and Emma Taggart (piano):  “Two Dynamic Jaw-Dropping Debuts!” Presenting two first prize winners of the Thursday Musical Competition in their Salon se Lève debuts: the elegantly astounding and already seasoned soloist with orchestras violinist, Joyce Zhao will certainly astonish… and we’ll also hear the eclectically captivating pianist Emma Taggart who has more prizes and important performances to her credit than countable! You won’t want to miss our opening concert featuring these fabulous young artists!

February 18th, 2:30 PM:  Abigail Arkley (piano):   “The Larson Memorial Recital I – A Very Special Valentine!!” Showcasing our exciting Larson Award winner, the mesmerizing pianist Abigail Arkley, one of TWO Larson Memorial Award winners selected as our “most outstanding performers” of last year. As First Prize winner of the Senior High Schubert Club Competition and the Rising Stars Concerto Competition of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra among other awards, Abigail will play a full program for us – a VERY special Valentine indeed!!

March 25th, 2:30 PM: Nygel Witherspoon (cello) and Austin Cheng (piano):  “Two Dynamic Jaw-Dropping Debuts – 2nd Edition!!” Featuring two phenomenal young artists: Cellist Nygel Witherspoon, first prize winner of both the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition and the Minnesota Orchestra Concerto Competition, will “wow” us with his virtuosity… and pianist Austin Cheng, first prize winner of the Thursday Musical Competition and the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Senior Young Artist Competition, will assuredly also knock our socks off! Not to be missed!

April 15th, 2:30 PM: Katia Teserczyk (violin) and Shuen Wu (piano):  “A Sensational Duo of Strings and Hammers!” Proudly featuring again the amazing violinist Katia Tesarczyk, First Prize winner of the Schubert Club Competition and top prize winner of the National Sphinx Competition who will once more transport us to “head-wagging wonderment!”… and pianist Shuen Wu, another First Prize winner of the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition who continues to rank among the finest pianists of his generation… A superb musical afternoon at Salon se Lève!!

April 29th, 2:30 PM: Emma Richman (violin):  “The Larson Memorial Recital II – Strings of the Heart!” Come join us for our 2nd Larson Award winner’s recital this season… that of the inimitable violinist Emma Richman. Now a student at the fabled Juilliard School in New York. Emma has already given us some of our most memorable performances ever, and she will now bring with her even more panache and passion as she flies in from the “Big Apple” to play a full program for us – guaranteed to en’rich’ us in what will be her last regular season appearance. You won’t want to miss this heartfelt with-gifted-hands performance!!

May 20th, 2:30 PM: Madeline Sheard (cello) and Joseph Caswell (piano):   “A Finale with Fireworks!” Come and hear Schubert Club First Prize winner and a Salon se Lève favorite, cellist Madeline Sheard in her 3rd command performance for us, and find out what all the buzz is about! Also featured will be another Schubert Club First Prize winner in his debut for us, pianist Joseph Caswell promises to serve up a virtual musical feast of pianistic feats in our regular season’s final concert – ending with a fabulous favorite, and some fireworks!!

June 10th, 2:30 PM: Benefit Concert: “Chamber Chamboree Fundraiser” Come and hear our wonderful emerging young artists AND (a new tradition!) our AMAZING ALUMNI!… play some of the world’s greatest solo and chamber music, filling the HAUMC Art Gallery with a resonance to be remembered and our hearts with joy! This event is ticketed, and ensures our Salon se Lève series the financial security it needs! Please come and support Salon se Lève, now in its 16th season! This will be an exciting event!!