CLEF NOTES

Philanthropy via Music

At Salomé, we believe in the healing power of music and the accessibility of its language to inspire and motivate our audiences.  But for us, performing standard concerts for the pure enjoyment of our listeners falls short of the true potential of a concert event.  In stretching the limits of what a classical music concert can achieve, both in sound and in objective, we have crafted our mission to focus on the collaborations with fellow non-profit organizations.  These organizations share one thing in common: they all provide basic necessities to those in need, be it food, shelter, protection, or education.  Classical music performed for entertainment’s sake only reaches the audience members in the enclosed space of a concert hall (and if we’re lucky, broadcast on the radio); classical music used as a mechanism and platform for our partner organizations allows us to project the powerful effect of music to raise money and awareness for their incredible work.  It also allows us to fulfill our other mission as classical music evangelists, as we reach new, untapped audiences that have yet to experience the beauty of our craft.  We are proud and honored to be working with these organizations and hope for many fruitful collaborations in the future.

The Trevor Project, The FEED Foundation, The Somaly Mam Foundation, Camfed, Friends of the IDF, Dror for the Wounded, Save a Child’s Heart.

Sean with Strads!

Over the past year and a half, I have been fortunate enough to come across nearly a dozen violins made by the most famous violin maker in history, Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737).  Stradivari, who lived well into his nineties and had a working career of six decades, produced over 1,200 violins in Cremona, Italy, with approximately 600 violins still in existence.
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Top 10 Awe-Inspiring Chamber Works

One of our fans requested (and we encourage all of our fans to write to us with feedback and requests with topics on which they would like us to pontificate!) a list of chamber works that dig deeper into the chamber music liturgy: works that aren’t always in the limelight.  Here are a few works that flight our fancy–each link will take you to a Salome-endorsed performance of the work on YouTube. Look out for a number of these pieces on our concert programs this upcoming season! Continue reading

A Few of our Favorite Things: Wedding Ceremony Music

Welcome to the first posting on our new blog, Clef Notes, affectionately named after everyone’s favorite study guides.  While Cliff monopolized the literature space, we’re hoping that Clef will provide its readers with similarly concise guidance to navigate literature’s boisterous cousin: music.

Oftentimes as classical musicians, our art is overshadowed by the accessibility of our pop culture counterparts.  One of the most popular and perhaps romanticized extensions of classical music lies with that sacred ceremony of marriage.  Insofar as we have performed at countless weddings (of all denominations), we would love to share a few of our stand-out favorites.  As a disclaimer, each of these works is famous enough to merit arrangements for any instrumentation, so even if you have a piccolo quartet set to perform at your wedding, have no fear!
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