Saturday January 17, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $15 General / $12 Seniors & Students
- Mediation Ariel Elisha Leon Rosen
- Melodic Convergence Ariel Elisha Leon Rosen
- Nighttime Rag (Medley) F. Chopin, S. Rachmaninoff & D. Prokofiev in Ragtime Piano arranged by L. Rosen
- Rut Town Rag Ariel Elisha Leon Rosen
- Mazurka in A minor F. Chopin – arranged by L. Rosen
- Me’ein Olam Habo Ascribed to Rebbe Nachman
- Open Improvisation Ariel Elisha Leon Rosen
- Fee Fi Fo Fum Wayne Shorter
- Nardis Miles Davis
- Baal Shem Tov’s Theme Ascribed to Rebbe Israel bin Eliezer – arranged By L. Rosen
- Concerto for Jazz Ensemble and Taiko: Ganbaro! Jon Jang
- Holy Land Cedar Walton
- Living for the City Stevie Wonder – arrangement by Ariel Elisha Leon Rosen
- Havdalah by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
- Blackbird The Beatles
Ariel Elisha Leon Rosen, piano
- Edelweiss – Sound of Music
- My Favorite Things – Sound of Music
- Sunrise, Sunset – Fiddler on the Roof
- So in love with you, am I – Kiss me Kate
- Summertime – Porgy and Bess
- Can’t help lovin’ dat man – Show Boat
- Cockeyed Optimist – South Pacific
- Selections from My Fair Lady
- Wouldn’t it be loverly
- On the street where you live
- Show me
- I could have danced all night
Sally Porter Munro, mezzo-soprano
Mathew Chacko, baritone
Vaughn Jones, piano
A native son of San Francisco’s Project Artaud, Ariel Elisha Leon Rosen composed his first tune the day his parents brought home a piano. While growing up, he studied classical music at Community Music Center and jazz with pioneering pianist Jon Jang. He would later perform with his mentors, jazz giants Sonny Simmons and Herbie Lewis, before moving to New York to attend the New School University Jazz Program. He lived in Israel while pursuing rabbinical studies and working with Jerusalem Peacemakers, an organization dedicated to healing and reconciliation in the Middle East. While there, he released “Holding Space,” an album of improvisations on Hebrew liturgical themes, under his Hebrew name, Ariel Elisha.
Returning stateside, he formed a band melding hiphop, rock and jazz sensibilities with drummer Rae Zisette.
Among his own favorite musicians, he counts Sviatoslav Richter, Tom Waits, and his cousin Simone Dinnerstein (“Bach: A Strange Beauty”).
Rosen’s solo piano work aims to bring out a spirit of innocence, passion, improvisation, harmonic depth, and rhythmic sophistication. This winter, he released a 72-song anthology of his recordings, entitled “Leon’s Best.” This and his other works will be available for sale at the event.
Sally Porter Munro (mezzo-soprano) is a native of London, England and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England. While living in England she sang with the English National Opera, Royal Opera de la Monnaie in Brussels, and as an oratorio soloist in Europe. She also performed with the BBC Singers on radio and television.
She relocated to New York City to continue her studies. Since moving to San Francisco, Ms. Munro has sung as a soloist with Pocket Opera, Berkeley Opera, North Bay Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Lake Tahoe Festival. Ms. Munro has performed as a soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Russian Chamber Orchestra, Master Works Chorale, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She is a full time member of The San Francisco Opera Chorus and has covered and sung a number of small roles. She enjoys collaborating with contemporary composers and has performed premiers by Thomas Ades, Ian Venables, Allen Shearer, David Irving, Marge Wheeler, and Peter Dyson. Ms. Munro teaches singing and the Alexander Technique and was a faculty member of the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus for twenty years. Since two years, she has been a faculty member of The Young Women’s Choral Project.
Mathew Chacko (baritone) is a native of India and grew up in different parts of the world. He has been singing in church choirs since early childhood and has sung with various church and community choirs, Most recently he has sung with the Masterworks Chorale and the San Francisco City Chorus. He has also directed college and church choirs. Mr. Chacko is currently the Music Director at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and is also the co-director of the Sunset Music | Arts program.
Vaughn Jones (piano) is a native of Missouri, and is a graduate of the Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Vaughn has been a church organist and choir director of several Bay Area churches for the past 40 years. He is also well-known as a café pianist, and has played for afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton on Nob Hill, the Presidio Officers Club, and Mayes Oyster House.