Tango emerged at the end of the 19th century around Río de la Plata (Argentina and Uruguay) and has been evolving ever since. Along the way, it picked up new instruments, such as bandoneon, peculiar playing techniques and special effects, performance traditions and a place on the United Nations' Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Many legendary musicians shaped the tango's Golden Age (approximately 1935 to 1950). Thanks to those who lived to pass the tradition to the new generation, tango music is thriving today with many superb musicians performing and innovating.
Only three minutes long, a typical tango is like a short story, at times whimsical, more often full of nostalgia and melancholy. Melodies are simple, yet surprising. Arrangers develop them with a rich palette of contrasts and expressive textures. Musicians add their own flair in the moment making each performance unique.
Violinist Keiko Cadby
is a mixed native to Northern California and Southern Japan and has been playing violin since the age of five. She graduated from the Suzuki method program before studying with Jeremy Constant. Her childhood accolades include the Mary Paige Phillips Award and the Command Performance Award from California Music Educators Association of the Bay Area. She placed first in competitions including the Yen Liang Young Artist Competition in Walnut Creek, the Ruth Finley Person Etude Music Club, and Santa Rosa Youth Orchestra Concerto Competitions in Northern California. Keiko continued her education with Lorenz Gamma and Movses Pogossian at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where she was also first introduced to Argentine tango through the music chair and cello professor Antonio Lysy (son of the legendary Argentine violinist Alberto Lysy). Later, she participated in the Stowe Tango Music Festival and studied with renowned tango artists such as Julio Pane, Nicolas Ledesma and more.
Violinist Stella Bonilla
holds a DMA and MM in conducting from Louisiana State University and BM in Violin Performance from State Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria. Her conducting experience includes Musical Director of Lafayette Symphony Youth Orchestra (Lafayette, Louisiana), Orchestra Director at Spring Garden Waldorf School and Suzuki Strings Orchestra (Akron, Ohio). Stella is also a successful violin teacher with more than 20 years of experience. She holds certifications of the Suzuki and Mark O'Connor methods. Stella's performing career includes Assistant Concertmaster of Butler Symphony Orchestra (Butler, Pennslyvania), member of Merced Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony Chorus Orchestra and Master Chamber Symphonia. She has performed a vast variety of musical repertoire from classical masterpieces to Broadway and pop. Member of several Bay Area tango formations, Stella Bonilla is also the lead violinist of a klezmer ensemble.
Cellist Angela Lee
is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music. Since making her Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, she has concertized throughout Europe, Asia and North America. She is a founding member of The Lee Trio, which has commissioned and premiered works of numerous living composers. Using music to foster peace and goodwill, she has made humanitarian trips to the Republic of the Philippines and the former Yugoslavia. While on a UN-sanctioned tour of six war-torn cities throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina, she performed for NATO troops and displaced civilians. In addition to coaching chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Angela serves on the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Alumni Association Leadership Council and on the Board of Directors of The Resonance Project
, which promotes live music in mediation settings and international conflict resolution.
Pianist and vocalist Crystie Shum
was born in Hong Kong, began piano lessons at four and studied for eight years. In 2017, she decided to play piano again, and fell in love with Argentine tango after playing in the CMC Tango Ensemble directed by Scott O'Day. Since then, she has been receiving coaching from maestros such as Hector Del Curto, Pablo Estigarribia, Gustavo Casenave, Hernan Possetti, Nicolas Ledesma, AdrianEnriquez, Cesar Salgan, Julian Peralta and Juan Pablo Gallardo. In August 2022, she performed in the Stowe Tango Music Festival Orchestra, and experienced playing a piece for the Che Bandoneon International Competition. Crystie is currently a pianist, vocalist and arranger in La Orquesta Fusion Tango, Orquesta Tipica Domo and TangoLuna, and Tango Brumoso. Besides music, she is a social worker with two dogs and a parrot.
Pianist Dr. Celeste Chiam
is also an educator whose passion in music, dance, education, youth development and humanity keep her active in musical performances, piano instruction and value creation initiatives. A Malaysian-born Chinese, Celeste embarked on her musical path at age four under the guidelines of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and received her Licentiate Performer Diploma through Trinity London College by the end of secondary school. Upon receiving a full scholarship from Ithaca College in New York, Celeste traveled to the US to pursue her Bachelor of Music, under the tutelage of Phiroze Mehta. She then graduated with her Master of Music from the University of New Mexico where she studied with Falko Steinbach. With the guidance of Dr. Jane Solose, Celeste obtained her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at University of Missouri-Kansas City. As a trained ballet dancer of 16 years, Celeste immediately recognized her love at first sight for both the music and dance of Argentine tango. Shortly after discovering the Bay Area tango community in 2016, she joined LOFT ensemble (La Orquesta Fusion Tango) to cultivate her new-found passion. Subsequently she became the pianist of a professional tango band, Tangonero, and most recently a member of the Orquesta Tipica Domo with whom she occasionally performs. Celeste has received coaching from highly esteemed tango musicians, namely Pablo Estigarribia, Gustavo Casenave, Adrian Enriquez, Nicolas Ledesma, Emilio Solla and Hector Del Curto to refine her skills.
Singer and bandoneonist Alexander Zeyliger
grew up listening to records from the 1930s and '40s and singing them back. He studied voice, piano and clarinet at a music school in Leningrad. While pursuing a physics degree at Caltech, he never missed a quarter of Caltech Glee Club and Chamber Singers. He studied classical singing with Frieda Bernstein and Eugene Brancoveanu. Having discovered Argentine tango as a social dance over twenty years ago, it was only a matter of time before he was drawn into singing tangos and playing the bandoneon, an instrument of German origin that found its way to Argentina to become the soul of tango music. Alexander attended Tango Music Institute at Reed College as vocalist, bandoneon player and arranger, and participated in the Stowe Tango Music Festival. He currently leads several tango groups in the Bay Area.
Double bassist Ken Miller
is a versatile double bass player who works in many genres. He has played with the SF Symphony, SF Opera, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestras and The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he is active in the San Francisco jazz scene, having performed with many top-level players including Branford Marsalis, Bruce Forman, Mark Levine and Mimi Fox.
Funded in part by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. We are grateful for the generous support of all of our donors.
Tuesday, November 14
1:00–2:00 PM | Doors open at 12:30 PM | Linger after the concert for a snack and beverage in the lobby.
The Nourish Cafe on campus is open for lunch before the concert
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)
$15 tickets purchased online before November 6 | $25 after November 6 | Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | [email protected]