Short notice: Many of you know John Smalley (especially our weekly SoCha contingent), and have indicated an interest in seeing this Saturday's concert. Please see below for more about the concert particulars and John's background. Meet me around the entrance between 7:30-45 if you'd like to sit together. We could also meet before for a quick bite/drink..... ****** Baritone John Smalley and pianist Janis Mercer perform "Ten Sorrowful Songs and a crane," a concert of Russian and Armenian Music, featuring the beautiful, soulful songs of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Gomidas. Saturday, October 23 at 8 pm. at the San Francisco Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. Admission is free. John Smalley, baritone, is a native of San Francisco. He received his B.A. in Classics from Santa Clara University and holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in Historical Musicology from Columbia University in New York, where he taught for six years. He studied piano with Thomas Schultz and Janis Mercer, harpsichord with Shirley Wong, and voice with Dorothy Barnhouse and Anja Straus. In 2008 he performed Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the San Francisco Community Music Center Orchestra and Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together with the Wooden Fish Ensemble. In 2009 he premiered contemporary composer Fred Adler’s Celan Trilogy and Nocturnos de la ventana. Nominated by the Community Music Center, Mr. Smalley was awarded a prestigious 2009 Shenson Performing Arts Fellowship for professional advancement. Janis Mercer, pianist and composer, lives in San Francisco. The founder and former artistic director of the new music chamber ensemble schwungvoll, she is known for her performances of Anthony Braxton's piano music and the music of the Second Viennese School, as well as for her talents as an accompanist. A CD of her solo and chamber works was recently released by Centaur Records."