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Date(s) - 09/23/2017
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Episcopal Church of the Incarnation


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An evening of baroque chamber music with Natalie Carducci — violin, Cynthia Black — violin. Gretchen Claassen and Bruno Hurtado Gosalvez — viola da gamba and Derek Tam — harpsichord.

Violinist Natalie Carducci performs throughout the United States and Europe, appearing in venues such as the Théâtre des Quatre Saisons in Gradignan, France as well as the intimate Benvenue House Music series in Berkeley, California.  A versatile chamber and orchestral musician with a special interest in early music, she has performed with Die Freitagsakademie, novantik project basel, Camerata Bern, Bach Collegium San Diego, the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra in Aldeburgh, England, the San Francisco Bach Choir, El Mundo, and in festivals such as the International Festival of American Renaissance and Baroque Music (Bolivia), Poznań Baroque Festival (Poland), the Utrecht Early Music Festival (Netherlands), and the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition (California).  She is also a founding member of Concerto Ripiglino, Ars Minerva, and MUSA. She has recently released a recording with the ensemble Agave Baroque and countertenor Reginald Mobley, featuring works of German composers in the shadow of the Thirty Years’ War. Natalie received her Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as a Masters in early music with Amandine Beyer at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland.

Cynthia 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.

Gretchen Claassen, a versatile chamber musician, often performs with diverse groups around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She has recently appeared with American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, and is a founding member of the period ensembles MUSA and Sylvestris Quartet, as well as the Cello Street Quartet with whom she recently embarked on a US State Department-sponsored tour of Hungary, Kosovo, and Russia. Gretchen was a student of Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School, where she received a BM in ‘Cello Performance. In 2012, she was awarded an Artist’s Certificate in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Jennifer Culp and Elisabeth Reed.

Bruno Hurtado Gosalvez was born in Barcelona. He started his musical education at the age of seven and studied violoncello, piano and music theory in the Conservatori professional de musica de Badalona with Mark Friedhoff, and later on in the Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona with Peter Thiemann. After he was given a scholarship from Paul Casals Society and from the Generalitat de Catalunya, he pursued his studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, where he succesfuly obtained the title Bachelor of Arts in Music in the class of Roel Dieltiens. Later on he obtained the Master of Arts in Music Performance at the Hochschule der Kuenste Bern, where he studied violoncello with Louise Hopkins and viol with Brian Franklin, paralelly playing in orchestras such as Orquestra Sinfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Sinfonieorchester Biel/Bienne, Orquestre Sinfonique de Mulhouse, Südwestdeutsche Philarmonie Konstanz among others, and with camber music groups such as Les elemens, The Queen’s Revels, Berner Kammerchor/Bern Consort, Perle Baroque, Allegria musicale or the Zürcher Singakademie. His interest in electronically music also brought him to collaborate with international known artists as Dj Swet. Recently he studies viol at the Academy of Music in Trossingen in the class of Lorenz Duftschmid.

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.

A 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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