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Rendez-vous Musical #42

The musicians in residence and Harriet Hale Woolley Scholars, alongside a musician guest invite you to discover Benjamin Britten, J.S. Bach, Ichiro Nodaira, Garth Knox and César Franck this coming Sunday at 5pm.


J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata no. 1 in G minor for solo violin (arr. for viola in C minor)
II. Fugue
Jossalyn Jensen, viola

Ichiro Nodaira (b. 1953)
Transformation III on five fragments of J. S. Bach
Jossalyn Jensen, viola

Garth Knox (b. 1956)
Fuga Libre
Jossalyn Jensen, viola

César Franck (1822- 1890)
Sonata in A Major for violin and piano (arr. for cello)
I. Allegretto
II. Allegro
III. Ben moderato : Recitativo-Fantasia
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
Sarah Ghandour, cello and Claire Krupka, piano

Musicians’ biographies

Sarah Clarice Ghandour, an honored recipient of a full five year scholarship, graduated May 2017 from Bard College and Conservatory with a Bachelor of Art in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, having studied under Cellist Peter Wiley.  An avid chamber musician, Sarah has collaborated with artists including Peter Wiley, Peter Serkin, Daniel Phillips, and Dawn Upshaw.  As principal cellist of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, she has performed in New York, Eastern Europe, Russia, and most recently in Cuba, including collaboration with Camerata Romeu, a female Cuban string orchestra.  Sarah was a finalist in the 2016 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition, and in May 2017 had the pleasure of performing the Korngold Cello Concerto with The Orchestra Now. Following her study in the Fall of 2015 at the American University of Paris, and cello studies with Xavier Gagnepain, Conservatoire Boulogne-Billancourt, Sarah had the distinct pleasure of performing the Rachmaninoff Sonata for Piano and Cello, and the Brahms Clarinet Trio, at the Royal Castle of Warsaw, Poland on invitation by Bard Conservatory.  Sarah has also delighted in participating in Music at Menlo, Yellow Barn, and Encore String Quartet Intensive Summer Chamber Music Festivals.  After her 2017-2018 artist residency at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France, Sarah will pursue a master’s degree at Stony Brook University, New York, under the tutelage of cellist Colin Carr.

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 Fellow 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.

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