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The Costanoan Trio with
Kathleen Kraft

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 • 7:30pm
Occidental Center for the Arts

Derek Tam, pianoforte
Cythia Black, violin
Frédéric Rosselet, baroque cello
Kathleen Kraft, flute

For the last concert of the season we’re pulling out all the stops and going for Baroque!  Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Costanoan Trio explores the piano trio repertoire of the late 18th and early 19th centuries on period instruments (violin, pianoforte and cello) and recreates the world where music was played in intimate concert spaces. The trio takes its name from the Spanish word for the San Francisco Bay Area natives, coined in the 1700s when Western culture was being brought to the “new coast.” For our concert, the Trio is joined by the well known baroque flutist Kathleen Kraft for an evening featuring works by ‘Papa’ Joseph Haydn.

Keyboardist Derek Tam performs regularly in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Praised for his "deft" conducting (San Francisco Chronicle​), Tam appears frequently with choral and orchestral ensembles.  A specialist on historical keyboards, he has appeared recently with Ars Minerva, Bay Pointe Ballet, the First Church Festival  Orchestra, Oakland Ballet, and the Oshman Family JCC.  Tam currently serves as the Director of Music at First Church Berkeley (First Congregational), one of the major performances venues for classical music in the East Bay.

Cynthia Black performs across the United States as a baroque violinist and violist. Her 2018-19 season includes appearances with the American Bach Soloists, the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Les Délices, Chatham Baroque, Seraphic Fire, and Bourbon Baroque. Cynthia completed a doctorate at Case Western Reserve University where she studied baroque violin.  She also holds modern viola degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and from the studios of Lynne Ramsey and Robert Vernon.

​Swiss-American cellist Frédéric Rosselet has performed with the American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), Live Oak Baroque Orchestra (Sonoma), Ensemble San Francisco and MUSA (San Francisco) and in music festivals in California and Switzerland. Frédéric studied at the Conservatory of Lausanne the Basel Music Academy and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, then obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the USC. He now teaches at Santa Clara University.

Kathleen Kraft studied flute and 18th-century music at the Royal Conservatory in Holland and became part of
the revival of the Early Music movement in the Bay Area music scene in the 1970s when there were but few players.  Across the years, she has taught and taken part in its growth with the American Bach Soloists, the Philharmonia Baroque, the Magnificat and a steady stream of pick-up orchestras. For the past 30 years, Kraft has taught at the San Francisco Early Music Society’s baroque workshop and is one of the co-directors of the event that is hosted at the SSU campus in Rohnert Park.

Works by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and more

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