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Rendez-vous Musical #13

Come listen to the resident musicians and Harriet Hale Woolley scholars at the penultimate Rendez-vous Musical of the season on Sunday, May 8 at 5pm.


Betsy Jolas – Episode Quatrième for solo tenor saxophone
Wilson Poffenberger

J.S Bach – Adagio from Sonata No. 2 in d minor, BWV. 1003 for solo viola
Ren Martin-Doike

Jacob ter Veldhuis – The Garden of Love for soprano saxophone and soundtracks, lyrics by William Blake
Alyssa Hoffert

Max Reger – Albumleaf and Tarantella for clarinet and piano
Jenny Maclay

Franz Anton Hoffmeister – Concerto in D Major for viola and piano
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondo
Ren Martin-Doike

D. Scarlatti: Sonate en sol majeur, K.146
John Kamfonas, piano

Debussy: Images I, “Reflets dans l’eau”
John Kamfonas, piano

Liszt: Etude d’Exécution Transcendante no. 12, “Chasse Neige”
John Kamfonas, piano

Khatchaturian: Toccata
John Kamfonas, piano

An improvisation by John Kamfonas and Wilson Poffenberger

The Musicians

Wilson Poffenberger is a saxophonist and educator based out of the United States. A strong advocate for new music, Wilson premiered has new works for the saxophone is both the United States and Europe. Wilson is pursuing the Cycle D’Orientation Professionnelle at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt under the tutelage of Jean-Michel Goury. Originally from Honolulu, violist

Ren Martin-Doike is an innovative performer on a mission to captivate audiences worldwide, both on the streets and in the concert hall. She has toured and performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and as a member of the Curtis Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Benny Rietveld Jazz Quintet, and the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi.  An alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, Ren currently studies in Paris, where she is pursuing her Master’s Studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique as a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar.

Concert saxophonist, avid chamber musician, and versatile music educator, Alyssa Hoffert has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She holds an MM in Saxophone Performance from the Hartt School and a B.S in Music Education cum laude from Case Western Reserve University/the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a 2015 recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant, Hoffert is currently studying saxophone at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris under the tutelage of Jean-Michel Goury. She is also a Conn-Selmer endorsed artist and performs on Selmer (Paris) saxophones and mouthpieces.

Vandoren Regional Artist Jenny Maclay is quickly establishing her career as a clarinet soloist, recitalist, orchestral player, and chamber musician. Ms. Maclay is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Harriet Hale Woolley Award to study music in Paris, where she attends the Versailles Conservatoire. She has achieved a number of notable musical honors, including selection as a semi-finalist and finalist for such international competitions as Astral Artists and Concert Artists Guild. Her teachers are Philippe Cuper, Mitchell Estrin, and Donald Dowdy.

Embracing his Penchant for improvisation alongside his passion for the classical and contemporary repertoire, pianist John Kamfonas has given concerts around the world, from Italy to India, Beijing to New York. Mr. Kamfonas is currently a musician in residence at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris where he is pursuing a performance diploma at the Ecole Normale de Musique in the class of pianist, pedagogue, and author Jean Fassina.

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