Free of geographic or conventional programming limitations, each one-hour episode is guided instead by the personalities, perspectives, and contributions of special guests. Guests share recent and/or upcoming work in alternating interview and performance segments that highlight personal stories, address inspiration and artistic process, and explore intersections between music and art through history.
Themes for individual episodes have run the gamut from Bach to folk-infused Baroque music from Scotland, Peruvian salons, art songs by Schubert, from enjoying operatic greatest hits in one’s living room to Medieval music and
improvised traditions. In the course of every show, audiences enjoy archival performances as well as brand-new recorded musical collaborations created especially for SalonEra. Each episode includes a post-show Q&A/chat with artists.