Sunday, August 16, 2:00 PM
Kathy Marshall violin
Allen Biggs, marimba + percussion
Imported from the Bay Area
and performing works for
violin and marimba, and more!
Kathy Marshall violin & Allen Biggs, marimba + percussion
Kathy Marshall is concertmaster of the San Francisco production of Hamilton. She has toured Japan with the Percy Faith Orchestra, Brazil with the Women’s Philharmonic, and the United States with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Her string quartet, Quartet Rouge, performed at the Grammys and played on Green Day’s Grammy award winning album American Idiot. She has performed with the San Francisco Shakespeare Company as well as participated in the Mendocino, Bear Valley and Key West Music Festivals. Her teaching includes San Domenico Conservatory and Sonoma State University. Kathy is currently a member of the Marin and Santa Rosa Symphonies, and performs with San Francisco Opera. She holds a degree in music performance from University of California San Diego where she studied contemporary and chamber music with Toro Takemitsu, John Cage and others. She has a minor in Spanish Literature and studied at the University of Madrid in Spain.
Kathy’s grandmother, Esther Thompson, was concertmaster of the Humboldt Symphony when Charles Fulkerson was conductor. Esther also played chamber music with Jean Fulkerson back when Julie and Carol (Kathy’s mom) were kids. She is thrilled to be playing in the TBAM music festival and to be in Trinidad, her family’s stomping grounds and her favorite place growing up.
Allen Biggs is principal percussionist with the Santa Rosa Symphony of which he has been a member for 30 years. He also performs with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the California, Marin and Oakland Symphonies. He is an active pit musician in San Francisco, where he plays instruments ranging from sound effects such as water-phone, trine and bird flappers, to more conventional instruments such as xylophone, vibraphone, chimes, timpani and marimba!. He was the first percussionist to play Wicked, when it opened in San Francisco. Allen is featured on the CD Lamentations and Praises, winning two Grammy awards. Other recordings include A Chorus Line, Happy End, and Baz Luhrman’s La Boheme. He can be heard on television spots for MetLife and Volkswagen. Allen performed at the Cabrillo and Mendocino music festivals and has appeared at the San Francisco Jazz Festival with Dave Brubeck, and is the drummer for the band Jamalicious.
Allen received his BA from San Francisco State University, and an MA in Music from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As a boy, Allen lived in Spain and Eastern Europe. Through these travels, he developed an interest in world music. An avid educator, Allen teaches percussion at San Francisco State University, and has coached percussionists in the Santa Rosa, Marin, Oakland, and San Francisco youth orchestras.
Allen’s preferred means of transportation is a bicycle, and he loves swimming in the Pacific Ocean and the North Sea.