The 2018-2019 Salon se Leve Season

October 15, 2018

“Renewing the salon concert to encourage emerging young artists”


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 2018-2019 season:


November 18, 2:30 PM: “The Larson Award Winner in Recital”   You won’t want to miss our “most outstanding performer” from last season, violinist Katia Tesarczyk in her full recital as our chosen Larson Award winner.  She knocked our socks off in her performances - including two Chamber Chamboree Benefit concerts!  A first prize winner of the Schubert Club, Thursday Musical and Dakota Valley Symphony competitions among others, she is a virtuoso with a very bright musical future, and we are so very proud to present her in our first event of the season!

January 13, 2:30 PM:   “Two Dynamic Jaw-Dropping Young Artists!”  Presenting two, first prize winners of the Thursday Musical Competition: flutist Elizabeth Kleiber who will certainly astonish in her debut performance for us, having been praised for her breathtaking technique… and we’ll also hear the eclectically captivating pianist Emma Taggart who has more prizes and important performances to her credit than countable - including performances with the Minnesota Orchestra as winner of their Young People’s Concerto Competition!   You won’t want to miss this concert featuring these two fabulous young artists!  

February 17, 2:30 PM: “A Heart-Pumping Special Valentine Afternoon!!”  Showcasing the national award winning pianist Shuen Wu, back by popular demand to thrill us with his virtuosic performances of unusually heart stopping repertoire… and in her debut appearance for Salon se Lève, the violinist Catherine Carson, first prize winner of the Thursday Musical Competition is sure to resuscitate us with her heart warming golden-toned instrument - a VERY special Valentine indeed!!

March 24 2:30 PM: Two Young Artists ‘Extraordinaire’ in their Debut for You!!”  Featuring two phenomenal young artists in their first appearances for us:  pianist Kimberly Shen, first prize winner of both the Schubert Club and the Thursday Musical Competition, will “wow” us with her virtuosity and versatility…and violinist James Thompson, first prize winner of both the Schubert Club and Thursday Musical competitions who is already internationally known for his masterful performing.  This promises to be among the best “debut concerts” we have ever presented - Not to be missed!

April 14, 2:30 PM: “A Fabulous and Exhilarating Artful Finale!”  Proudly featuring again the amazing artistry of cellist Nygel Witherspoon, first prize winner of the Schubert Club Competition and the Minnesota Orchestra Concerto Competition among others, who will once more transport us to “head-wagging wonderment!”… and pianist Joseph Caswell, another first prize winner of the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition who will be performing a very special “integrated arts’ performance for us - emphasizing the beautiful Hennepin Art Gallery with Mussorgsky’s iconic “Pictures at an Exhibition.” A truly “fabulous finale!”

June 16, 2:30 PM: Benefit Concert TBA "Chamber Chamboree!”  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 19th season! This will be an exciting event!!    


Salon se Lève is a program of the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts in Partnership with Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church