Fondation des États-Unis | Sunday, January 13 @5pm : Rendez-vous Musical #50
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Sunday, January 13 @5pm : Rendez-vous Musical #50

After a long break for the holidays, the musicians in residence and Harriet Hale Woolley scholars are looking forward to seeing you in the Grand Salon on Sunday, January 13th for the first Rendez-vous Musical of the year. After the concert, don’t miss the opportunity to see Taylor Smith’s exhibition How to Capture Flow in the gallery.

This informal concert series is an opportunity for them to present the pieces they are working on, and for the audience to (re)discover classical, contemporary and sometimes even new compositions in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Free entry, join the Facebook event!
Next concert: Sunday, January 27th

The Program

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): Duo de clarinette et Violoncelle en Do, WoO 27
~ Elias Rodriguez, clarinet & Andrew Briggs, cello

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868): Duo pour Violoncelle et Contrebasse en Ré (1824)
I. Allegro
II. Andante molto
III. Allegro zingarese
~ Andrew Briggs, cello & Will Cravy, double bass

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Flute Sonata in G Minor BWV 1020
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
~ Thomaz Tavares Paes, flute & Yui Hishitani, piano

Gabriel Fauré (1845 -1924) : Sicilienne, Op. 78
~ Thomaz Tavares Paes, flute & Yui Hishitani, piano

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Sonata for Viola and Piano (1939)
I. Breit mit Kraft
II. Sehr lebhaft
III. Phantasie
IV. Finale (mit 2 Variationen)
~ Jossalyn Jensen, alto & Lucas Belkhiri, piano

The musicians in residence

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.

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.

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.

Invited musicians

Yui Hishitani was born in Shiga, Japan in 1990. She graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts and has won many awards in Japan. She moved to France in 2016, where she obtained the higher diploma of performance (6th performance) from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She studies in Jean-Marc LUISADA’s piano class and in Chantal De BUCHY’s chamber music class (2016-2018). She studies at the CRR in Rueil-Malmaison, in Julien Le HÉRISSIER’s piano accompaniment class and Dominique BARBIER’s chamber music class.

Jossalyn Jensen, American violist, began playing music at the age of four. Her solo debut with orchestra was at the age of 9 and she has since appeared in concert across the United States and in Europe. She completed her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School where she was a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Artist Award. Ms. Jensen continues post-graduate work in Paris, France at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique and as a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar at the Fondation des États Unis. She was honored to spend her summer this year in the academies of the Verbier Festival and the Lucerne Festival. She is a laureate of the 2016-2017 Fulbright Grant.

Lucas Belkhiri began playing the piano at the age of 8 with Marie Hélène Barrier at the Conservatoire Municipal de Houilles and at the Sartrouville Conservatory with Pascal Mantin. He has participated in master classes and summer academies, notably with Anne Queffélec, Jean-François Hesser and Marie-Josephe Jude. He holds degrees in musicology at the Sorbonne and a DNSPM piano, obtained in June 2016 in the class of Michel Béroff at the CNSMDP. He is currently finishing his Master 2 there with Florent Boffard. Passionate about chamber music and teaching, Lucas went into CA training at the CNSMDP as well as a piano accompaniment course in 2017 after receiving his piano performance diploma. He likes to give solo recitals, play in classical ensembles, and enjoys performing other musical styles.