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Rendez-vous Musical #47

Join the musicians in residence and Harriet Hale Woolley scholars in the Grand Salon on Sunday, November 18 for the next Rendez-vous Musical. Only one concert this month, don’t miss it! 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! While in the FEU, don’t miss the opportunity to see the exhibition ” Reflections from Inbetween Wars” after the concert, in attendance of the artist Tali Gai.


Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799)
Concerto in D major
I. Allegro Moderato
Will McClain Cravy, double bass, Ed Liddall, piano

Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889)
Concerto No. 2 in A minor
I. Allegro
Will McClain Cravy, double bass, Ed Liddall, piano

Hans Fryba (1899-1986)
Suite dans le style ancien
VI. Gigue
Will McClain Cravy, double bass

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Impromptu in Bb, D.935 No.3
Ed Liddall, piano

Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
Sonata for cello and piano (1948)
II. Cavatine
Andrew Briggs, cello, Isabelle Cottet, piano

Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
Sonata for cello and piano (1915)
Andrew Briggs, cello, Isabelle Cottet, piano

About the Musicians

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.

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.

Isabelle Cottet was born in 1990 in Paris and won her first competition at the age of 8 years old. Three years later, she played with orchestra for the first time as a laureate of the Münchner Klavierpodium der Jugend in Munich. She first studied at the CRR of Paris with Olivier Gardon, then pursued her Bachelor and Master studies at the Universität der Künste, in the class of Jacques Rouvier. Isabelle took part in many master classes and received advice from personalities among whom are Elisabeth Leonskaja, Leon Fleisher, Bernd Goetzke and Dmitri Bashkirov. She had the opportunity to perform in many major concert halls including the Berliner Philharmonie and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Since 2015, she is the founder and Artistic Director of the Festival Hommage Menuhin in Ville d’Avray, France. Plus, she is the Academy Manager of the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

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