DEREK TAM, harpsichord
ERIK ANDERSEN, viola da gamba
– PROGRAM –
Schenck, Johannes (1660-1712?)
Sonata No. 2 from L’Echo du Danube Op. 9
Muffat, Georg (1653-1704)
Passacaglia in G minor from Apparatus Muisco-Organisticus
Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)
Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1027
Allegro ma non tanto
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
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.
Erik Andersen is a graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at the City University of New York where he completed studies in modern cello under the direction of Marcy Rosen and additional studies in historical performance with Lisa Terry. Today, he is equally at home on both the modern and baroque cello as well as viola da gamba and enjoys engaging with students in various modes of music-making. He knows first-hand the impact accessible music programs can have on our children’s lives, as he was dependent on outreach programs like Borough-Wide Orchestra, All-City Orchestra, and the InterSchool Orchestras of New York at a time when music lost funding and was removed from the public school curriculum. In addition to providing for his musical education, such programs also paved the way for him to grow into the teacher he is today, when at age 16 he was invited to participate in a teaching internship program through the InterSchool Orchestras of New York.
Erik has since continued to serve the community as both a performer and educator, through outreach programs, benefit concerts, and by serving as a music teacher and coach for students ranging in age from 4 to 64 years old. He strives to honor the unique musical journey of each of his students while instilling in them a deep respect for their peers and community. As a current MA of Teaching candidate at the University of San Francisco, he is committed to facilitate the learning of all students and to promoting harmony and good-will in this world through teaching and music-making.
WEDNESDAY NOON CONCERTS
The community is invited to our complimentary Wednesday Noon Concert series. As part of our ongoing mission to use the transformative power of the arts to inspire and enrich our community, we have opened our doors for the past two years, every Wednesday at Noon, and presented concerts performed by talented musicians that are free of charge to the public. These free noon performances offer listeners the opportunity to discover the beauty of music in an intimate accessible setting, while providing the community with cultural enrichment and exposure to talented performers.
Concerts are in a one-hour format and performances take place in the intimate Tivoli or Crescendo where both audience and musicians can sit in vibrant, close proximity. Musicians often stay after the performance to informally speak about the program and their upcoming concerts.