Rendez-vous Musical #71

The resident musicians and Harriet Hale Woolley scholars are looking forward to welcoming you to the Grand Salon on Sunday, October 17 for the first Rendez-vous Musical of the season. These concerts, which are an opportunity for the musicians to perform works they are studying or creating, are known for their open and friendly atmosphere. Members of audience, thrilled to (re)discover classical, contemporary and new works, often stay behind to talk with the musicians; these moments are dear to the musicians, who speak about music and their specific disciplines with great passion.

To open the season, the five composers in residence will present works for voice, based on a program idea by Sarah Grace Graves. At the end of the concert, you will be given the opportunity to visit Madison Vander Ark’s exhibition.

Practical Information

Date: October 17 | Time: 5pm | Facebook Event
Covid: Please respect the general physical distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance. According to the government’s announcement, you will be asked for your vaccination passport or a negative PCR test done within the last 48h.

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Reservations close at 5:30 on Friday, Octobre 15. If you do not have a ticket, you can come at the door and let you enter depending on the remaining seats.


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major  
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio espressivo
III. Scherzo: Allegro – Trio
IV. Poco allegretto
Dhyani Heath, violin
Kristoffer Gylling, piano

Sergio Herrera
Aquì (2021)
Sarah Grace Graves, voice and piano

Tom Gurin
Could Mortal Lip Divine (2021)
Sarah Grace Graves, voice

Aron Frank
Chorale (2021)
Sarah Grace Graves, voice
Aron Frank, piano

Erin Gee
Mouthpiece II (2002)
Sarah Grace Graves, voice

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Obéissons…Gavotte from Manon 
Solange Adamson, soprano
Beatriz Guerrero, piano

About the artists

Canadian lyric soprano, Solange Adamson combines her background in research and performance to bring to life the works of historical female composers. A current Harriet Hale Woolley scholar, she is using this year to study and perform Catherine ou la Belle Fermière, a one-woman opera by Julie Candeille, performed by her to great acclaim during the French Revolution. Since moving to Paris, Solange has performed regularly in concerts at the Fondation des États-Unis and Salle Cortot. Most recently, she performed at the Vienna Volksliedwerk and Festival Centenaire des Écoles d’Arts Américaines de Fontainebleau. With Opera UCLA, Solange created the roles of Sor Andrea in Carla Lucero’s opera Juana, and the Queen in Nicki Sohn’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. Among other roles, she has portrayed the Abbess in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Center for Opera Studies in Italy, Dardano in Handel’s Amadigi with Opera UCLA, and prepared the role of Michaela in Carmen at Ecole Normale de Musique. Solange has graduate degrees from École Normale de Musique de Paris and UCLA where she studied with Olga Toporkova and Vladimir Chernov.

Aron Frank is an award-winning composer of concert and film music, a violinist, and music educator. A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, he studied composition with Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, Don Freund, and P.Q. Phan, film scoring                  with Larry Groupé, and violin with Federico Agostini. Aron’s music for films has been screened at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey (Jury Prize), and at Film Independent’s “Project Involve” in Los Angeles. His works for the concert stage have been performed in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, at the Tanglewood Music Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, and the Music Educators National Conference, among others. Aron is a recipient of the “Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship,” and will serve as an Artist-in-Residence at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, for the 2021-22 academic year. During this period of time, he will pursue a Diplôme Supérieur in composition and film scoring at the École Normale de Musique de Paris “Alfred Cortot.”

Sarah Grace Graves is a singer and composer of experimental music living in Paris, France. Her music contextualizes voice and instrument within the performer’s internal landscape of emotion, physical sensation, and sense memory. Her festival appearances include Voix Nouvelles Academy at Royaumont, IlSuono Contemporary Music Week, and Estalagem da Ponta do Sol Residency for contemporary music and electronics. She performs Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stimmung with the Italian contemporary vocal ensemble Fragmente and is a founding member of Mockingbird and Magpie, an experimental voice/cello duo with Toronto-based composer and cellist Cory Harper-Latkovich. Sarah Grace holds a Master of Arts in Composition from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Rice University. From 2021 until 2022 Sarah Grace will be a Harriet Hale Woolley Fellow at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris. She studies voice with Nicholas Isherwood.

Composer Tom Gurin is a Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley Award recipient. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned a degree with honors in music composition and received the Paul H. and Brigitte P. Fry Award for excellence in the arts. His music has been featured at highSCORE New Music Festival in Pavia (Italy); at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at Mannes School of Music in New York City; at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp; and more. The National Youth Orchestra of China, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles have premiered his works. He is a former United States Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation and holds an artist diploma from the Belgian Royal Carillon School. Recent honors include premieres through the Sonus Foundation in Budapest; Campanae Lovanienses in Leuven; and the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, who awarded him a 2021 Johan Franco Composition Award. He currently studies composition at the École Normale de Musique de Paris.

Born in 1994 in New York, the Javanese-American violonist Dhyani Dharmawati Heath has given recitals in France, USA, Canada, Austria and the UK. She has performed as soloist with the American Romantics in 2017 and 2018, as well as with the Galega chamber orchestra in 2016. Having studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and as a scholarship recipient at the Yale School of Music, she is completing her studies in Paris as a Harriet Hale Woolley scholar, in the artist diploma program at the CNSMDP.

Sergio Herrera is a composer-guitarist currently based in Paris. He received his B.M. in Music composition and theory from Florida State University where he studied composition with Dr. Clifton Callender. During his time at Florida State, Sergio was a recipient of both the Presser Scholarship and the David Ward-Steinman undergraduate composition award. He has attended festivals such as the TALIS Music Festival in Switzerland and the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Academy in Paris where he worked with composers Miguel del Aguila and David Conte. Sergio was granted the Fondation des Etats-Unis Harriet Hale Woolley scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year and is currently studying harmony and counterpoint with Stéphane Delplace at the Schola Cantorum de Paris. Sergio was the last student of the renowned composer and pedagogue Narcís Bonet.

Guest Musicians

Pianist Beatriz Guerrero began her studies at the Conservatory of Music in Celaya, Mexico. She has since performed in a large variety of repertoire both as a solo pianist and as an accompanist. She has collaborated with the National Opera Company of Fine Arts in Mexico, the State University of Guanajuato and the Superior School of Music and Dance of Mexico. She is currently studying piano accompaniment at the École Normale de Musique de Paris.

Born in 1994 in Helsinki, Kristoffer Mikael Gylling started piano at age 4 with Meri Louhos, a renowned pedagogue in Finland. Since age 6, he also took classes with Svetlana Izmailova, a professor from Saint-Petersburg, who would teach him for more than 12 years. In 2013, Kristoffer entered the class of Prof. Hamsa Juris at the Helsinki University of Arts. Two years later, he was received by the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris into the class of Prof. Michél Béroff. In 2018 he obtained two Bachelor degrees in piano with distinction: from Helsinki and Paris. He completed his Masters degree at the CNSMDP in 2020 under the tutelage of Prof. Marie-Josèphe Jude and her assistant Prisca Benoît. Kristoffer is first prize winner of the Chopin Competition is Estonia 2008, special prize winner for the best interpretation of a contemporary piece at the Nordic Piano Competition 2014, he obtained the 5th prize at the Concours international de piano de Lyon 2019, and the Medal of the city of Epinal at the Concours international de piano d’Epinal 2019. In Paris, Mr. Gylling played at the Festival Chopin de Bagatelle, and at Radio France.

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