Library Concerts

Concerts at the Carmel Valley Library
3919 Townsgate Drive, San Diego, CA 92130
For further information call (858) 552-1668
or see the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library website at


Two programs are planned in August. Both are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For further information call (858) 552-1668.

Striano Piano Trio on Wednesday, August 6

August's free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will presented on Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the library's community room. It will feature the Striano Piano Trio with pianist Joseph Valent, violinist Maya Ginsberg, and cellist Carol Tolbert. The program will include music by Debussy, Schubert, and Dvorak. It will last 45 minutes.

The Striano (a combination of "strings" and "piano") Piano Trio began as the Striano Piano Quartet in the mid-1990s. With the loss of violist and founding member Burt Fisch in 2011, the remaining members of the group decided to continue as a trio. Since then it has played at Palomar College, Poway Center for the Arts, San Luis Rey Mission, First Night Escondido, and many libraries, schools, and retirement communities.

Dr. Joseph Valent is a conductor, pianist, organist, and composer-arranger. Since the age of 10 he has worked with churches, schools, universities, orchestras, and opera and theater companies. He is presently the organist and director of the Contemporary Ensemble at the Church of St. Timothy in Escondido.

Maya Ginsberg studied violin performance at the University of Oregon and holds a BA in music from Skidmore College and a MA in music from SDSU. She has been an active member of the North Coast Symphony Orchestra for the past 14 years. In addition to her work as the violin clinician at Mount Carmel High School, she is a lecturer at SDSU and teaches violin privately in the North County area.

Carol Tolbert is a former member of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia, the Madison Civic Orchestra in Wisconsin, and the Kirkwood Symphony in Missouri. She currently plays in the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and several other chamber groups.

Dromia on Wednesday, August 27

A special free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will presented on Wednesday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the library's community room. It will feature Dromia in a program of Balkan folk music. The trio, formed in 2008, plays folk music from Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Turkey, as well as Roma (gypsy) melodies from this region. It has performed at many venues in Southern California, including San Diego's Folk Dance Center and Balboa Park's Spanish Village, Café Aman in Los Angeles, Kypseli Greek Dance Center in Sherman Oaks, the Laguna Folkdancers' Festival in Newport Beach, and the annual Greek festivals in San Diego and Cardiff. Its members are Mary Marshall on various ethnic percussion instruments, Sanna Rosengren on vocals and violin, and Dan Ziagos on accordion. The program will last 45 minutes.

All members of the trio have been playing Balkan music for over 25 years, have performed with visiting Balkan musicians, and love folk dancing. Mary Marshall has performed with The Balkantones and Slavej in Oregon, and Eastern Exposure in San Diego, and she is a folk dance teacher. Sanna Rosengren has immersed herself in Balkan singing, harmony theory, and technique. She has also performed with Planina in Denver and with Harmonija, Sokalska Grupa, and Eastern Exposure in San Diego. Her recordings include the Harmonija CD Are We There Yet? Dan Ziagos grew up in a Greek-American home and began playing and studying Greek folk melodies as a child. He has also performed with Anoush and Turlu in the San Francisco Bay Area. His recordings include the Anoush CD Sweet!