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Best Use of a Living Room for Intellectual Refinement: Salon 21

Best Use of a Living Room for Intellectual Refinement

Ever wonder what it would have been like to experience Felix Mendelssohn performing in someone’s living room? In the 19th century, you could have. Salon 21 endeavors to update the salon, a gathering of people interested in refinement and knowledge, most commonly associated with the French literary and intellectual gatherings of the 17th and 18th centuries. Billed as a “series of intimate piano concerts in unexpected places,” Salon 21 breaks down the barriers between artiste and audience: Here you will find no stages; only wine, food and friends. And, oh yeah, maybe the sounds of world-class pianists, members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and mezzo-sopranos singing the words of Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal as interpreted by composer Léo Ferré. In short, a Classical revolution. Salon 21, salon21.org.