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The Nora Salon: “Simple Gifts” is in NYC on January 19th!

Our next gathering of The Nora Salon is the afternoon of Sunday, January 19th on Manhattan’s Upper West Side! We hope you’ll join us for a glass of wine, friendly conversation, and an informal reading of Evangelia Costantakos Kingsley’s two-act play, Simple Gifts.

In Hancock, Indiana, octogenarian ex-Metropolitan Opera diva and retired singing teacher, Elena Maxwell, is at the end of her life. Her much younger partner, Jean Lee, executive director of the Archives of Traditional Music at Hancock University, may beat her to the finish line. A young singer, Kirsten Mintow, needs guidance at the beginning of her musical career. The history of a nearby Shaker village breaks through the fabric of 1994. Simple Shaker song melds with sumptuous classical music, including the Shaker-infused music of Aaron Copland, as the play explores the theme of extinction and asks, “What makes life worth living?”

The Nora Salon: Simple Gifts
Sunday, January 19th at 4pm
at West 92nd Street & Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side, Manhattan
hosted by
Simone Bloch

Please email us at with the subject “RSVP for The Nora Salon: Simple Gifts on 1/19” to add your name to the guest list. You’ll receive the exact address and directions in a separate email when your reservation is confirmed.

Suggested donation: $10

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