BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
An organ player who's traveled the world to share her music is performing in Bakersfield tonight.
The Kern County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present Angela Kraft Cross in concert on the Great Organ at Olive Drive Church.
Angela Kraft Cross, San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer, graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with bachelor's degrees in physics and organ performance. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University, where she subsequently completed her residency in ophthalmology. She completed her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the College of Notre Dame under the guidance of Thomas LaRatta with whom she still studies.
Cross has performed extensively on both piano and organ, having given over three hundred fifty concerts in the United States, Canada, England, Holland, France, Hungary, Lesotho and Guam. She has been featured soloist with local Bay Area ensembles and was a featured recitalist in July 2011 at the San Francisco AGO Region IX Convention.
Cross has served as the organist of the Congregational Church of San Mateo since 1993, and is currently their Artist in Residence. She is also a staff organist at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
In addition to her musical career, Dr. Kraft Cross retired in 2011, having worked for 22 years as an ophthalmic surgeon at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Redwood City. She will be on the faculty in this summer's San Diego Pipe Organ Encounter for young organists and will be a Presenter at the Region IX AGO Convention which will be held here in Bakersfield, June 24th - 26th.
Tonight's event will be held at 5500 Olive Drive, and start at 7:30 p.m. Admission into the event is $5.00.
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