Fondation des États-Unis | Thursday, February 14 @7:30pm : Ciné-concert – Valentine’s Day Special
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Thursday, February 14 @7:30pm : Ciné-concert – Valentine’s Day Special

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the FEU has prepared a ciné-concert that explores the timeless topic of love and its torments. From Méliès to Goulding, don’t miss this opportunity to (re)discover these French and American silent masterpieces from the late 1890s to the early 1920s.

Free admission, reservation highly recommended:
Free admission

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The program

~ Les surprises de l’amour, Max Linder (1909, 6mn)
~ All Aboard, Alfred Goulding (1917, 10mn)
~ The Alchimist (1898, 46s.)
~ La bonne bergère et la mauvaise princesse, Georges Méliès (1908, 13mn)
~ Something in her Eye (1915, 11mn)
~ Those Love Pangs, Charles Chaplin (1914, 12mn)

The Musicians

Originally from Colorado, Andrew Briggs completed a master’s degree in cello performance at the prestigious Juilliard School. Open to all genres, he performs Baroque to contemporary style, and has had the opportunity to practice his talents internationally. Andrew has been a featured soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, and the Holland Music Sessions; an Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; a member of Axiom Contemporary Ensemble, the Madison Bach Musicians, and the Colorado Symphony; and a guest artist at music series in Chicago, New York, and Paris. Andrew is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship.

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.

Sergio Herrera is a composer-guitarist currently based in Paris. He received his B.M. in Music composition and theory from Florida State University where he studied composition with Dr. Clifton Callender. During his time at Florida State, Sergio was a recipient of both the Presser Scholarship and the David Ward-Steinman undergraduate composition award. He has attended festivals such as the TALIS Music Festival in Switzerland and the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Academy in Paris where he worked with composers Miguel del Aguila and David Conte. Sergio was granted the Fondation des Etats-Unis Harriet Hale Woolley scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year, and is currently studying harmony, composition, and musical interpretation with Narcis Bonet at the Schola Cantorum de Paris.

Thomaz Tavares has been praised by the Virginia Gazette as having a “pure, direct sound, never wavering from the mission at hand and embracing the work’s lyrical and virtuoso demands.” A native New Yorker with Brazilian heritage, Thomaz Tavares completed his Bachelor’s degree in flute performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Thomas Robertello and is currently pursuing his diploma of superior execution at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris under the tutelage of international soloist Jean Ferrandis.

William McClain Cravy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California where he was a student of David Allen Moore. Will is a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and has performed concertos with the Colorado and Culver City Symphonies. He was awarded 2nd place in both the 2015 Aspen Music Festival Low Strings Competition, and the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, and 3rd place in 2016 the Jefferson International Young Artists Competition. Will has appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada), the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic (UK), the New World Symphony (Miami), and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has spent the last four summers on fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. Will completed the NAC Institute for Orchestral Studies in 2015, and returned to USC for a master’s degree on full scholarship. Will is currently a recipient of the Harriet Halle Woolley Artist’s Fellowship from the Fondation des Etats-Unis to study in Paris with double bass virtuoso François Rabbath and will spend Spring 2019 as Contrebasse solo at the Toulon orchestra.