Series of Concerts Begin April 17

Series of Concerts Begin April 17

Alameda resident Donna Stoering began playing concerts when she was five years old and teaching professionally when she was just 10. She grew up in the Bay Area, but after receiving a Marshall Scholarship, Stoering has lived most of her adult life in Europe. She founded new music festivals on three continents and spoken to various United Nations organizations in Geneva on the use of music to address conflict resolution, youth violence, humanitarian issues and international education initiatives.

She moved to Alameda last summer, where she opened a teaching studio coaching young performers of all instruments and voices and teaching piano students of all levels. Stoering recently launched a monthly Notes for Nourishment benefit concert series in Alameda. “I have invited some of my world-renowned musician friends to join me,” she said. The proceeds will benefit a variety of causes and nonprofits in Alameda and beyond.

These are one-hour concerts, no intermission, educational, family-friendly, interactive/informal, and featuring very special artists who rarely perform in the Bay Area in this type of setting.  “We already have all of the artists booked for one concert each month, through the end of this year,” she said. “We are calling the series ‘2 by 2 Sundays’ because each program will feature two artists, two cultures, at 2 p.m. one Sunday per month.”

The concerts will be held at St Joseph’s Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. Stoering said that the first concert on Sunday, April 17, is an "East meets West" event featuring renowned Chinese guzheng master Winnie Wong. “Winnie and I will each play solos as well as some duet work combining a grand piano and the guzheng,” she said. “Some of Winnie’s gifted students will open the concert, so we will be celebrating two generations of musicians, as well as the two cultures and two artists at 2 p.m.”

The May 1 program will feature Israeli soprano Ronit Widmann-Levy. “She and I are doing short pieces and folk-based music from around the world,” Stoering said. Other concerts in the series include Bay Area-based opera star and teacher Zach Gordin; Palestinian oud master Naser Musa; and cellist Gabriel Beistline.

The concerts are free but donations are appreciated. “The donations will benefit food banks and other organizations that nourish the Bay Area and beyond,” Stoering said.