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Rendez-vous Musical #41

The Rendez-vous Musical is back after a short break. Join the musicians in residence on Sunday, April 8 to (re)discover Bruch, Bach, Verdi and Carla Bley.


Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Johann Sebastian Bach
BWV 1007 minuets and gigue

Giuseppe Verdi
Otello Act IV scene 3
Will McClain Cravy, double bass

Carla Bley
“Lawns” arr. Gursoy
Yigit Gursoy, guitar, Will McClain Cravy, double bass

Musicians’ Biographies

William McClain Cravy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California where he was a student of David Allen Moore. A tenured member and acting Principal Bass of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Will has played as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Colorado and Culver City Symphonies, and was featured in a 2015 Aspen Music Festival Student-Spotlight Recital. As an orchestral musician, Will has appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), the New World Symphony (Miami), the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Juneau Symphony, as principal bass of Aspen Opera under Robert Spano and alongside his teacher in the Aspen Chamber Orchestra. Will has performed chamber music with members of the LA Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony and has participated in the Aspen, Lake George, Domaine Forget, Wabass Institute, and Colorado College music festivals.

Yigit Gursoy was born in Ankara on 22nd April 1996. He went to Lycée Francais Charles de Gaulle at Ankara and stayed there until he graduated from high school. He met with the guitar at the age of 13 with the classical guitar, but stopped taking guitar lessons after a year and went for a self-taught method. Despite being accepted by Berklee Shcool of Modern Music at the age of 17 he went to study political science at Lyon. After 2 years Yigit pursued his passion and started his music studies. Went and graduated from the International Jazz Academy at Nancy and moved to Paris to continue his studies with the American School of Modern Music.

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