The musicians in residence and Harriet Hale Woolley scholars are looking forward to seeing you in the Grand Salon on Sunday, November 24 for the second last Rendez-vous Musical of the year 2019! The piano and the cello will be at the heart of this program including pieces by Debussy and also by our residents. After the concert, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the exhibition “Daydreams Walking” by Jeremiah Dine in the gallery.
Free entry. Next concert: Sunday, December 8
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
First rhapsody for clarinet and orchestra
Elías Rodríguez, clarinet & Daniel Schreiner, piano
Frederic Mompou (1893-1987)
Preludes for piano
III. Lentement et très expressif
Daniel Schreiner, piano
Kaija Saariaho (1952- )
Sept Papillons: Papillon I Papillon II Papillon III Papillon IV Papillon V
Alexa Ciciretti, cello
Francesco Cilea (1866-1950)
“Io son l’umile ancella” by Adriana Lecouvreur
Solange Adamson, singing & Daniel Schreiner, piano
Edo Frenkel (1988- )
Four Dances for Cello and Piano
Alexa Ciciretti, cello & Edo Frenkel, piano
Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
Concerto for flute and orchestra
III. Allegro scherzando
Thomaz Tavares, flute & Qiaochu Li, piano
The Musicians in Residence
Lyric soprano Solange Adamson sings a variety of operatic roles in the US and Europe. A student of Vladimir Chernov and Olga Toporkova, she began studies this fall at École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot, in the Cycle de perfectionnement. An avid performer of new music, she collaborated with composer Gabrielle Owens to create a song cycle based on the 13th century poetry of Beatriz de Dia which premiered in 2019. With Opera UCLA, she created the roles of Sor Andrea in Carla Lucero’s opera Juana, and the Queen in Nicki Sohn’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. In the 2017/18 season, she performed the roles of Indiana Elliott in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All, Dardano in Handel’s Amadigi, both with Opera UCLA, and the Abbess in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Center for Opera Studies in Italy.
American cellist Alexa Ciciretti has established herself as a performer who is equally at home playing Baroque viola da gamba music, Romantic symphonies, cutting-edge contemporary music and everything in between. She is currently pursuing post-graduate studies with Anssi Karttunen at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Ms. Ciciretti has performed as a member of the New World Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Academy and Alumni Orchestras, and Aspen Chamber Symphony. She served as continuo cellist for the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s Farnace at Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and performed at the Ojai Festival in June 2019. She has also performed with the Miami-based group Flamenco Sephardit and recently starred in the short film A Waning Heart which was screened at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Ms. Ciciretti studied at Eastman School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory.
Edo Frenkel is a « feisty » (LA Times) young conductor, composer, and pianist, quickly gaining attention for his « performances of both intimacy and intensity » (Opera Magazine). He has guest conducted LUDWIG, Baltimore Symphony, Ensemble Meitar, Ensemble Mise-en, and has appeared in performances with such notable groups as Tonkünstler Orchester-Neider Östereich, Ensemble Intercontemporain, members of New World Symphony, and IEMA. He has performed in the Ojai, Aldeburgh, and Lucerne Festivals. Mr. Frenkel has worked as the assistant conductor to Sir Simon Rattle, Brad Lubman, Franck Ollu, and Barbara Hannigan. In addition to working as Hannigan’s assistant, he served as répétiteur, coach, and keyboard player for the LUDWIG European/US tour. Additionally, he collaborated with Barbara Hannigan as rehearsal pianist on the Satie: Socrate project at the Ruhrtriennale Festival and at the Park Ave. Armory.
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.
A musician, composer, and interdisciplinary artist of diverse interests, Daniel Schreiner is continuing to fashion an eclectic career. Recent collaborative engagements include concerts with members of the JACK Quartet at New Music on the Point in Vermont; joint recitals of Debussy and Ligeti Etudes with Shuhui Zhou in New York and at Bard College; and performances as guest alumnus at Williams College’s Iota Festival of New Music. Daniel is a founding member of KnoxTrio, a newly-formed flute, cello, and piano trio dedicated to experimental contemporary repertoire, whose successful first season commissioned three world premieres by living composers responding to the environment and climate change. A recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship from the Fondation des États-Unis, Daniel currently lives in Paris, France, studying at La Schola Cantorum with Billy Eidi.
Flutist Thomaz Tavares Paes has been praised by the Virginia Gazette as a « polished performer, with a pure, direct sound…embracing the work’s lyrical and virtuoso demands. » A native New Yorker later raised in Brazil, Thomaz Tavares completed his Bachelor’s degree in flute performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Thomas Robertello with a “Premier Young Artist” scholarship. He later started his graduate studies at the École Normale de Musique de Paris under international soloist Jean Ferrandis, and recently obtained his Diplome Supérieur D’Execution with unanimous distinction from the jury. Tavares is a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year, during which he will be exploring French solo and chamber music of the Belle Epoque period as well as interning with the Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe.
In 2006, Qiaochu Li won the first prize at the Lisma International Music Competition in New York, and then came to France for studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. She graduated with a Comcertiste Diploma in Françoise Thinat’s class. In the process, she won the first prize at the « Les Clés d’or » Competition, the Gold Medal with unanimous congratulations from Lagny-sur-Marne’s « Rencontres du Piano », the « Prix d’honneur d’excellence » at International competition Leopold Bellan (chamber music) in Trio, etc. She continued her studies in Germany and got her arts diploma at the University of the Arts in Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin) in the class of Jacques Rouvier. After having perfected herself at the CRR in Paris in the classes of Ariane Jacob, Phillippe Biros and Jean-Marie Cottet, she was admitted in 2013 to the National Conservatory of Music of Paris in the class of Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and is currently following the singing direction classes with Erika Guiomar and vocal accompaniment with Anne Le Bozec.