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Smorgasbord Baroque with MUSA

Date & Time: Friday February 16, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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“Smorgasbord Baroque” features Baroque and Classical music from unexpected places. From the imperial Chinese court to the cathedrals of Guatemala, composers drew from European and indigenous sources to create music that dynamically captured the first wave of globalization from the 16th through 18th centuries.

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About MUSA


Smorgasbord Baroque

MUSA is a chamber ensemble dedicated to historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire, as well as new music for period instruments. From trio sonatas to orchestral works, MUSA has presented programs on numerous concert series across the Bay Area. MUSA is a fiscal affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

cynthia_violaCynthia Black enjoys a varied musical life across the United States performing music from several centuries as a violist and violinist. This season includes appearances with Apollo’s Fire, Les Délices, Indy Baroque, Washington Bach Consort, National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Three Notch’d Road, Atlanta Baroque, and One Found Sound. She recently completed a D.M.A. at Case Western Reserve University as a student of Julie Andrijeski and holds modern viola degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music in the studios of Lynne Ramsey and Robert Vernon. Her doctoral theses focused on the exploration of unknown scordatura practices of late 17th-century Italy and the practices of ornamentation and improvisation in Classical string chamber music. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys baking and canoeing and currently lives in a tiny house in Berkeley, California.

Addi LiuAddi Liu is a baroque violinist and violist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Noted for his “vivid” playing (San Francisco Classical Music Examiner), he is a founding member of the baroque ensemble MUSA. He has performed with Ars Minerva, Albany Consort, Black Box Baroque, San Francisco Bach Choir, and many other early music ensembles and projects in the Bay Area. He is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival, Montecito International Music Festival (under the Westmont Viola Fellowship), American Bach Soloists Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and La Petite Bande Summer Academy under Sigiswald Kuijken where he was a viola soloist in Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364.

A native of Hong Kong and San Francisco, Mr. Liu studied baroque violin with Elizabeth Blumenstock and viola with Jodi Levitz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he graduated with a B.M. and M.M. in viola performance with a departmental award in excellence. As an SAA-certified teacher in the Suzuki Method, he is on faculty at the Green Octave School of Music and has served as a chamber music teaching fellow and coach at the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.

In his spare time he is an avid Geocacher and a researcher on Western musical treatises in Qing China transmitted by European missionaries.

Frederic RosseletSince his move to the Bay Area, Swiss-American cellist Frédéric Rosselet has been seen performing with local ensembles such as American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble San Francisco and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra. Equally dedicated to chamber and orchestral music, he has been a recurring participant of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, as well as a faculty member at the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program. Having a keen interest in early and new music, he enjoys exploring new repertoire for the cello and discovering old works on baroque cello and viola da gamba. After studying at both the Basel Music Academy and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Frédéric obtained his DMA from the University of Southern California. He has mainly benefited from the teachings of cellists Ralph Kirshbaum, Rafael Rosenfeld and David Geringas.

In demand as a conductor and historical 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. Recent engagements include collaborations with Ars Minerva, Bay Pointe Ballet and Oakland Ballet.

DerekTamA specialist on historical keyboards, Tam has been lauded as “a master of [the harpsichord]” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Recent concerto appearances include performances with Elevate Ensemble and the Modesto Symphony. In addition to performing as a soloist, Tam is a founding member and the harpsichordist of MUSA, a San Francisco-based Baroque ensemble. He has also served as principal keyboardist for the symphonies of Merced, Modesto, Napa Valley, Santa Rosa, and Santa Cruz.

Tam currently serves as the Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, one of the major performances venues for classical music in the East Bay. He also is the Artistic Director of the Star Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC) and is the Music Director of the Berkeley Community Chorus Chamber Singers.

He has served on the faculty of the NAPA Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society Recorder Workshop, and has been on staff at the American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy.

He currently chairs the Youth Advisory Board of Early Music America. Tam is a registered tax professional with the State of California. He is a graduate of Yale University.



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