The next morning the salon performance and experience was on our mind. Shelly O’Donin performed an imaginative, fluid, and beautiful solo flute performance that reached beyond and stretched standard interpretations of compositions such as Debussy’s Syrinx. Shelly mentioned she had dreamed of performing in a salon setting when practicing in earlier years in her bedroom. Her salon performance brought this idea to reality, as Shelly was able to perform at the edge of her bedroom in her contemporary indoor / outdoor home. Afterward Shelly, who once attended cooking school, shared her baked treats and celebrated the October evening.
Ben Cutler, Steve Hollingworth, Rebecca Ordway
A question for Steve Hollingworth was how was he so cheerful with a charismatic personality, after spending a lifetime of service to suffering people all over the World. Steve replied that he found hope and a positive attitude by finding solutions and helping the people who were suffering. Steve has worked abroad for 27 years in Bangladesh, India, Bolivia, Hati, Cambodia, and Africa.
Steve Hollingsworth, President of Freedom From Hunger, spoke about his international organization that focuses to eliminate chronic hunger in areas of poverty around the World. He spoke about how the women of a community are best able to solve their situations, and then discussed how his organization works with these people to stabilize their situations.
Some Upcoming Salons:
September 30th Wednesday 7PM Postcards from Mars
October 2nd Friday 7PM Return From North Korea
Bill Wyman, a journalist of rock music and movies, engaged members with insights into the world of Hollywood and the motion picture industry. In a fun and interactive evening on the patio of a very contemporary home, Bill compared the movies asking members to speculate on the highest grossing films and the movies that sold the most box office tickets in U. S. history. Bill also shared some very interesting statistics of the percentage of movie goers and ticket prices in the first half of the Twentieth Century compared with the percentage and ticket prices of today’s cinema in theaters. It was revealing how much had changed from 1937 when ‘Gone With the Wind’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ were released. Bill then revealed the biggest movie of all time, ‘Birth of a Nation’, and how this politically charged movie impacted the country, and brought new dynamics to making and watching movies.
September 22nd Tuesday 7PM Freedom From Hunger
September 24th Thursday 7PM The Confederacy
September 26th Saturday 7PM The Library of Alexandria
Martin Schuring playing oboe, with Gail Novak playing piano
Martin Schuring has performed his oboe accompanied by pianist Gail Novak through the years at the salons. Both are very talented musicians, and their salons bring special musical memories. Martin is also a storyteller and educator, and helps the listener to understand and marvel at the mystery of sound from wind instruments.
This year’s salon performance was hosted at the historical David and Gladys Wright House that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son David.
September 16th Wednesday 7PM Cancer as Cheater in Multicellular Cooperation
September 18th Friday 7PM Is AI Really the end of the Human Race?
September 19th Saturday 7PM Secrets of Hollywood Box Office
Grant Woods holding his new CD ‘The Project’ with Thomas Houlon
Grant Woods, former Arizona Attorney General from 1991 to 1999, and a prominent civic leader, gave a personal look at his life and insights on politics in Arizona and the nation at a recent salon. Grant then discussed the new CD recording of his original songs called ‘The Project’. Grant has composed all the songs on the album that features prominent Arizona musicians, including Alice Tatum, Walt Richardson, Hans Olson, and Francine Reed, among others. Grant, who has diverse artistic talents will also debut a play he has written next year.
Songs from ‘The Project’ and the entire album can be found on iTunes:
The Project Benefit Concert to benefit the Arizona School for the Arts:
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September 9th Wednesday 7PM Dietary Fats and Oils
September 12th Saturday 7PM Music for Oboe and Piano
Chris Dorsey in gardens of historic 1920’s adobe mansion
Chris Dorsey, first was introduced to Spirit of the Senses by guitar master Frank Koonce. Since that time through the years Chris has performed wonderful guitar performances at the salons. The last few years Chris has introduced some of his own guitar compositions to compliment his performances of the music of Argentina and South America, including the music of Marcelo Coronel. His performance this summer was enhanced by the setting of an enchanting historic adobe mansion.
September 1st Tuesday 7PM When Robots Take Our Jobs
September 2nd Wednesday 7PM Conversation with Grant Woods
Sarah Bolmercich, PhD with Thomas Houlon looking at Greek translation of The Iliad
Some have said that the first story in Western literature is the best. This story ‘The Iliad’ by Homer is said to have been written in the 8th century BCE in Ancient Greece. The story describes a period in The Trojan War circa 1200 BCE. We asked Sarah Bolmercich, PhD, a classics lecturer at Arizona State University to discuss Homer, The Iliad, and the modern notion of character in relation to the ancient story’s hero Achilles.
Sarah, who has presented many engaging salons in the past on the Ancient World, began by discussing the speculation and historical inquiry into who was Homer, author of The Iliad and The Odyssey. Was Homer one or many persons? Was Homer a woman? Where and when did Homer live? When was The Iliad and The Odyssey written and first told? Were parts of The Iliad and The Odyssey written at different times? Was The Iliad and The Odyssey written by the same author? Did the hero Achilles change? Did Achilles posses the personality trait of character?
At the salon our hosts had a copy of The Iliad written in Greek. Sarah read from this book to offer members attending the chance to hear the spoken Greek language and have some idea what the Iliad might have sounded as when told three thousand years ago, when the story was sung by bards.
August 22nd Saturday 7PM Guitar of Chris Dorsey
August 24th Monday 7PM Noir in Phoenix
August 26th Wednesday 6:30PM American Modernism at Phoenix Art Museum
August 28th Friday 7PM Happiness
August 27th Thursday 5PM Special Event: FineMark Art Party for Artists Ellen and Bill Leibow