January 24, 2021

5PM Pacific / 8PM Eastern

with Host Madylon Meiling

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The commitment to world-class music in North Lake Tahoe is the theme of this Salon.

The January 24th Salon will discuss the PBS Reno Classical Tahoe episode 104. Although not required for participation, we recommend watching episode 104 in advance of the Sunday Salon.

Host: Madylon Meiling from her home in North Lake Tahoe
Master of Ceremonies: Cindy Rhys, from her home in Lakeville, Connecticut
Staff Co-Host: Karen Craig, from her farm on the Truckee River

with Special Guest Musicians:
Nathan Hughes and Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir from Seattle, Washington.
Xiao-Dong Wang from New York City, and Nicholas Phan, Tenor, from the Bay Area.


Madylon Meiling

Classical Tahoe Founder & Board Director

Madylon is the Founder of Classical Tahoe, our world-class celebration of the arts that enriches the cultural, educational, and community vitality of the Lake Tahoe region. Madylon, past chair of the Board of Directors and current member of the executive committee, actively supports other non-profit organizations including Incline Village Community Hospital, Nevada Museum of Art, Sierra Nevada University, Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Tahoe Fund, and Thunderbird Lake Tahoe. Madylon is the CEO of CHEMEON Surface Technology LLC, a global leader in providing environmentally responsible replacements for hexavalent chrome and other toxic chemical compounds, and developing advanced corrosion protection for light metals. CHEMEON is committed to innovative research, development, customer service and solutions.

Prior to CHEMEON, Dr. Meiling was VP Development at SNU and recognized for a collaboration with NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) for the creation of a unique, student sponsorship program for 35 students from the University of L’Aquila, Italy, whose school was destroyed by earthquakes in 2009. Madylon’s career as a Corporate Consultant and Executive Coach, provided programs in leadership development, team learning, emotional intelligence, and corporate initiatives for profound change. She designed and facilitated programs for Fortune 500 companies including Avaya Communications, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, AT&T, Cigna, Global Crossing, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Lucent Technologies, Merck, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and others.

Madyon received her B.A. in education from Brooklyn College; her M.Ed. from Rhode Island College; and her Ph.D. from the University of Tulsa. Madylon has twenty-five years of experience in the field of education, including teaching, administration, facilitation, curriculum development, and research. Dr. Meiling completed post-doctoral studies in group dynamics and is qualified as a corporate coach by the International Coach Federation.

Madylon is married and lives with her husband Dean Meiling at Lake Tahoe. They enjoy outdoor activities, particularly hiking, boating, snorkeling, scuba diving and golf; and living in the natural, inspiring, entrepreneurial community of Lake Tahoe and the amazing culinary, sports, and arts community of Las Vegas. Go Knights Go, is their favorite chant.

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Episode #104

Premieres January 22, 2021

Mozart: Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F Major, K. 370
Nathan Hughes, Kristi Helberg, Désirée Elsevier, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir 
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge, song cycle for tenor, piano, and string quartet
Nicholas Phan, Donna Lee, Maria Schleuning, Catherine Ro, Milan Milisavljevic, Mariko Wyrick
Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40
Gilles Vonsattel, Xiao-Dong Wang, David Cooper

How to Watch Locally or from Anywhere in the World

Nathan Hughes


Current: Principal Oboe: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensembles: Principal: Seattle Symphony. Guest Principal:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony
Chamber/Festivals: Philadelphia and Seattle Chamber Music Societies, Aspen, La Jolla, Mainly Mozart, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Tanglewood, Verbier Festivals
Faculty: The Juilliard School


Nathan Hughes’ appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Laurie and Silvio Ricardi. 

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir


Current: Artist-in-Residence: University of Washington in Seattle, Co-Artistic Director and cellist of Decoda
As Soloist:  Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orkester, Iceland Symphony
Chamber/Other: Performances at Marlboro and Prussia Cove, Barbican Center in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo among others


Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Laurie and Silvio Ricardi. 

Xiao-Dong Wang


Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Solo Performances with: China Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Sydney Opera Orchestra
Appearances at: Aspen, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Ravinia

Nicholas Phan


Concert: leading orchestras in North America and Europe, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and the Lucerne Symphony.
Opera: appearances with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Frankfurt Opera. Repertoire includes title roles such as in Bernstein’s Candide, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, among others.
Chamber Music: Artistic Director and co-founder of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), promoting art song and vocal chamber music. Active collaborator, presented by Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Boston’s Celebrity Series, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Guest curator for Laguna Beach Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, WQXR, and San Francisco Performances as vocal artist-in-residence from 2014-2018.
Recordings: most recent: 6th solo album, Clairières, a recording of songs by Lili and Nadia Boulanger, Gods and Monsters, 2017 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album nominee.
Awards/Festivals: Tanglewood, Aspen, BBC Proms, University of Michigan, Paul C Boylan Distinguished Alumni Award, Christopher Kendall Award; Houston Grand Opera Studio, Sullivan Foundation Award, Richard F. Gold Career Grant/Shoshana Foundation
AND: Described by the Boston Globe as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers”

Nicholas Phan’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Anh-Tuyet Nguyen and Rob Pollock.


Karen Craig

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