serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988
8 pm* Saturday, February 15, 2014
1985 Louis Rd, Palo Alto
(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Tomaso Antonio Vitali
Jennifer Tzeng, violin soloist
Joe Guthrie, organ soloist
Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning one hour prior to showtime.
Please bring cash or checks as we are not able to accept credit cards at the door.
Jennifer Tzeng began her violin studies at the age of four with Betty Lawrence, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Anne Crowden, Zak Grafilas, James Greening, and Jassen Todorov. An alumna of the Crowden School of Music, she is owner and founder of the Tzeng Violin Studio in Palo Alto, currently serving 58 private students. In addition to teaching private lessons, she conducts group music programs as well. She has toured and performed in various music halls in Austria, Germany, France, Amsterdam, Ireland, Lithuania, and Russia, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Ms. Tzeng has had extensive performing experience in orchestras, beginning her orchestral training at age of seven, being the youngest member of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra in 1991. During her time as a first violinist of the San Francisco Youth Symphony Orchestra, she received coaching from Alistair Neale, Edwin Outwater, Diane Nicholeris, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has trained exclusively with members from the Alexander String Quartet, the Daedalus String Quartet, and the Turtle Island String Quartet. She was recently invited this year to be a guest faculty member for the InterHarmony Music Festival held in Italy every July.
Not confined to classical violin, Ms. Tzeng is a highly sought after performing artist that regularly performs her own original music on her electric violin around in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has given electric violin performances in New York, Taiwan, and Japan. During her free time, she loves to cook, play with her dog Matchi, compose music, and read.
Organist Joe Guthrie has a contrasting keyboard career. A native of Missouri, he did his classical undergraduate training at University of Missouri Conservatory of Music and graduate work at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, studying organ. He lives in Palo Alto, maintaining a fulltime schedule directing and accompanying multiple musical organizations in the Bay Area. He is the organist for First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, as well as the Assistant Music Director and Pianist at Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco. His interests include animals, swimming, modern aircraft, and music written before 1750.