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Derek Tam, fortepiano

Resonance @ First Church Berkeley

Resonance @ First Church Berkeley Derek Tam, fortepiano

The "fortepianist of the beguiling fingers" (Bloomington Herald-Times), Resonance artistic director Derek Tam will play sonatas by Beethoven, Clementi, Haydn and Mozart on a copy of an late 18th-century piano.

In this program, Tam will explore four pieces written in the key of F. Whereas F major exhibited "complaisance and calm", its minor counterpart signaled "deep depression, funereal lament, groans of misery and longing for the grave."

While the four masterpieces on this program, written by the 18th century's greatest composer-keyboardists, conform to these descriptions, they also break convention to showcase the whole range of human emotion.

This program will include:

Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1
Haydn: Andante with variations in F minor, Hob. XVII/6
Clementi: Sonata in F minor, Op. 13 No. 6
Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 332/300k

In 2014, First Church Berkeley, a premier venue for music performance in the East Bay, created its own exciting series of chamber and orchestral music concerts. Now in its fifth season, Resonance @ First Church has become a mainstay of the East Bay artistic calendar.

Music has always been an important part of the life of First Church. It touches the soul and gives sound and voice to ineffable mystery. We sing together and share our musical gifts. We also delight in the special talents of artists from within our community and beyond.

Derek Tam, First Church's Director of Music, curates this exciting series.

More information about Resonance can be found at

The 2018-19 season includes:

Sept 29: Costanoan Trio
Oct. 6: Carnival of the Animals (free family concert)
Nov. 9: Ars Minerva presents Ifigenia in Aulide
Jan. 25: First Church Festival Chorus sings Vaughan Williams
Mar. 22: Derek Tam, fortepiano
May 3: Elizabeth Forsyth, organ
June 17-21: Summersong

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1

Franz Joseph Haydn

Andante with variations in F minor, Hob. XVII/6

Muzio Clementi

Sonata in F minor, Op. 13 No. 6

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata in F major, K. 332/300k


Derek Tam