Loading Events

« All Events

SF Salon Music Presents: Seasons of Love

June 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Seasons of Love – The Power of Love in Musicals

​Humankind may have all of its troubles, but one thing that connects us is our capacity for love. What better way to celebrate love than with an evening of musical theater, past and present? Master storyteller Joel Ben Izzy will weave wonder into our eclectic program. The music spans the last century of musical theater titans, but at the core of each number is love. So grab a loved one and come down to the Verdi Club for an evening that celebrates the mightiest emotion of them all.

Emily Crawford, Soprano

Soprano Emily Crawford earned her Master of Music degree from SF-State in 2018, where she premiered original works by her fellow students and portrayed canon roles such as Adele in Die Fledermaus and Serpetta in Mozart’s La Finta Giardinera. She has since worked with local companies such as Phenix opera, and Teatro Mistral. During the height of quarantine, she programmed a digital concert of mad scenes to reflect the effects of quarantine on the mind. Emily is thrilled to join SF Salon Music for this exploration of her first love, musical theater.

Alyssa Vieau, Mezzo-Soprano

Massachusetts native and mezzo-soprano Alyssa Vieau, received their Master of Music degree at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Susanne Mentzer and Alexander Katsman. Their recent performances include Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (2024), Miss Shingle in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (2024), Armelinde in Viardot’s Cendrillon (2024), and La tasse/La libellule in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (2023).

Andrew Mclver, Piano

One of the Bay Area’s up-and-coming Musical personalities, Andrew is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of music. He earned his Bachelors in Music Composition, studying with David Conte, David Garner, and Scott Foglesong. He has performed and is experienced with a wide variety of musical styles, including choral music, art song, orchestral standards, jazz big bands, marching bands/drum corps, and chamber music. As a teacher and performer in the Bay Area, he works with several ensembles, including conducting and accompanying the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin. His favorite composers are Chopin, Mahler, Ravel, and Francis Poulenc.

Seth Hanson, Tenor

Seth Hanson (He/Him) is a New Mexican-born performer based in the Bay Area. His recent graduation from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the guidance of Grammy Winning Baritone Matthew Worth, has honed his versatility in various roles. His diverse credits include Melchior in Spring Awakening, and is currently playing Mickey in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Ray of Light Theatre), Charlie in Kinky Boots (Berkeley Playhouse), Monty in A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, Laurie in Little Women: The Musical.

Don Hoffman, Bass-Baritone

Don Hoffman studied vocal performance in his native New Orleans, where he made his professional operatic debut. He has performed more than 30 roles, including the title roles in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro, Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust, and Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto and Banco in his Macbeth. An advocate of contemporary composers, he sang the music of Christopher Tin at Carnegie Hall and appeared as Freiderich Bhaer in the West Coast premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women. He regularly appears with companies around the Bay Area, including West Bay Opera and Pocket Opera.

Joel ben Izzy, Storyteller

It was back in 1983 that Joel set off to travel the world, gathering and telling stories. Since then, he has performed and taught in 36 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia and produced six award-winning CDs of his stories. His first book, The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness (Algonquin, 2003), has been translated into 18 languages. His second book, Dreidels on the Brain (Dial, 2016), is developing as a musical. For more info on Joel’s storytelling, writing, and story-coaching, see storypage.com.

Event Flyer




June 2
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Verdi Club
Skip to content