The Salon, a renowned performance series modeled after 19th-century European salons, was founded in September 1986 by composer Andrea Clearfield. It was conceived with the idea of integrating different music genres as well as other arts. In the twenty-eight years since, more than 6000 performers and 16,000 audience members have come to Andrea’s living room. The Salon reflects the strong tradition of music in Philadelphia and beyond, builds and informs audiences, and fosters new art forms in an intimate and supportive atmosphere. It’s been heralded as “one of the best known music salons in the country” with a “deep bench of topflight musicians” and “an underground sensation” (the Philadelphia Inquirer), and given the “Best of Philly Award 2008” (Philadelphia magazine).
The Salon’s longtime home was put on the market in Spring 2014. Investors and contributors from around the country came forward to secure the property. Watch this short film that helped to make a 25-year dream come true!
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Edited by John Gross