Fondation des États-Unis | Replay Release on Sunday, June 21st @ 5pm : Benefit Performance for Black Lives Matter
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Replay Release on Sunday, June 21st @ 5pm : Benefit Performance for Black Lives Matter

On the day of “World Music Day” (June 21st), the musicians in residence at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris will present a virtual concert in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and across the globe. Our hope is to offer a healing space for music and reflection, while connecting a musical response to direct action.

The participating musicians have included links to donate to relevant foundations and initiatives dedicated to fighting racism and injustice. In addition, we would like to showcase the work of three African-American musicians: Duke Ellington, Robert Nathaniel Dett, and Betty Jackson King.

The official release will be on the Fondation des Etats-Unis Facebook account and a link will be added to the website.

The Program

Duke Ellington (1889-1974)
« In a Sentimental Mood »
Elias Rodriguez, clarinet and Daniel Schreiner, piano

Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943)
« Adagio Cantabile » from Cinnamon Grove
Daniel Schreiner, piano

Betty Jackson King (1928-1994)
« In The Springtime »
Solange Adamson, soprano and Daniel Schreiner, piano

About the Musicians

Lyric soprano Solange Adamson sings a variety of operatic roles in the US and Europe. A student of Vladimir Chernov and Olga Toporkova, she began studies this fall at École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot, in the Cycle de perfectionnement. An avid performer of new music, she collaborated with composer Gabrielle Owens to create a song cycle based on the 13th century poetry of Beatriz de Dia which premiered in 2019. With Opera UCLA, she created the roles of Sor Andrea in Carla Lucero’s opera Juana, and the Queen in Nicki Sohn’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. In the 2017/18 season, she performed the roles of Indiana Elliott in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All, Dardano in Handel’s Amadigi, both with Opera UCLA, and the Abbess in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Center for Opera Studies in Italy.

Clarinetist Elias Rodriguez made his national solo debut at the age of 16, after performing on a live broadcast of NPR’s « From the Top. » He has since appeared in international music festivals throughout the Americas and Europe, from the Grafenegg Festival in Austria to teaching masterclasses in Cali, Colombia. He is an alumnus of the New York based ensemble, «The Orchestra Now,» with which he has performed as a soloist on New York public radio, recorded a CD on Hyperion Records, and played a concert series at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Elias was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship and an artist residency at the Fondation des États-Unis.

A musician, composer, and interdisciplinary artist of diverse interests, Daniel Schreiner is continuing to fashion an eclectic career. Recent collaborative engagements include concerts with members of the JACK Quartet at New Music on the Point in Vermont; joint recitals of Debussy and Ligeti Etudes with Shuhui Zhou in New York and at Bard College; and performances as guest alumnus at Williams College’s Iota Festival of New Music. Daniel is a founding member of KnoxTrio, a newly-formed flute, cello, and piano trio dedicated to experimental contemporary repertoire, whose successful first season commissioned three world premieres by living composers responding to the environment and climate change. A recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship from the Fondation des États-Unis, Daniel currently lives in Paris, France, studying at La Schola Cantorum with Billy Eidi.