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 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 season:

November 20th, 2:30 PM: “A Pre-Thanksgiving Musical Feast!”
Showcasing two of Minnesota’s finest that are sure to satisfy your musical tastes!  Pianist Zhen Tu, 1st Prize winner of both the prestigious Minnesota Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Thursday Musical Competition will dazzle us with her virtuosic drama, and the supremely musical oboist Sarrah Bushara, 1st Prize winner of the nationally renowned Schubert Club Competition and the Thursday Musical Competition will return from the world famous Curtis Institute of Music to give us an exhilarating opening to our season…You won’t want to miss this one!

January 8th, 2:30 PM  “The Larson Memorial Recital”
Presenting our Larson Award winner, the stunning pianist Daniel Eras, first prize winner of the MTNA National Piano Competition – with the Chopin prize for the best lyrical Chopin performance awarded as well, and [already!] internationally known for his lyricism in Russian, French, and Costa Rican venues as well as international prizes… Our “most outstanding performer” from last season has already won our hearts with his story – and amazing pianism!  This will be a big highlight of our 2016-17 Season, and one of our best of all time!!

February 5th, 2:30 PM: “A Very Special Strings and Hammers Valentine”
Featuring two fabulous young artists in their debut performances for us: Pianist Margaret Wang, a 1st Prize winner of the coveted Schubert Club Piano Scholarship Competition will show us how to make hammers sing!… And we will also be delighted to hear violinist Emma Richman, 1st Prize winner of the prestigious Schubert Club Strings Competition and a seasoned young artist who will certainly pull our heart strings with her passionate playing! This Salon se Lève concert promises to be especially heartfelt – with hammers, and felts, and strings!!

March 19th, 2:30 PM: “A Real Schubert Club Showcase!”
Salon se Lève presents two more sensational 1st Prize winners of the prestigious Schubert Club Competition: Cellist Madeline Sheard, Junior High First Prize winner of the 2015 Schubert Club Competition will return this year  again to enrich our lives with her beautiful musicianship and gorgeous tone… And pianist Abigail Arkley, the 2016 Schubert Club Senior High Piano 1st Prize winner will make what promises to be a stunning debut for us with her very special firebrand virtuosity!  Bring a friend and treat them to a fabulous musical afternoon in the intimate Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Art Gallery!

April 30th, 2:30 PM: “A Fittingly Fabulous Finale!”
Come join us for our stunning finale, as we present two astonishing young artists:  Pianist Evren Ozel, International Piano Competition Top Prize Winner and 2014 Salon se Leve Larson Memorial Award recipient … And the young violinist Katia Tesarczyk, 1st Prize winner of the Schubert Club Competition and already highly praised by the St. Paul Pioneer Press – ”Violinist wows Landmark crowd!” – will end our season in head-wagging wonderment!  Please be advised: road construction may delay your travel plans to Salon se Leve on April 30.  The Lyndale-Hennepin exit off of I-94 westbound will be closed Apr.30.  Regardless, the concert will be well worth the hassle!

June 11th, 2:30 PM: Benefit Concert TBA “Chamber Chamboree and Alumni Extraordinaire!”
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 15th season!  This will be an exciting event!!  NOTICE: Date has been changed to June 11th!