Rendez-vous Musical #73

The musicians in residence and Harriet Hale Woolley scholars are looking forward to seeing you in the Grand Salon on Sunday, October 31 for the next Rendez-vous Musical. These concerts, which are an opportunity for the musicians to perform works they are studying or creating, are renowned for their open and friendly atmosphere. Members of audience, delighted to (re)discover classical, contemporary and new works, often stay behind to talk with the musicians. The musicians take great pleasure in these exchanges, always speaking about music and their specific disciplines with great passion.

This concert will feature guest performances by Sarah Ghandour and Jenny Maclay, who will be in Paris for the Scoring the circle: FEU Musicians Past & Present concert. Many of you will recognize their faces from previous cultural seasons at FEU and we are delighted to see them perform alongside current resident musicians for this Rendez-vous Musical.  At the end of the concert, you will have the opportunity to discover the exhibition Would Do Again, featuring works by seven artists in residence.

Practical information

Date: November 14 | Time: 5pm Facebook Event

Free Reservation 

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.


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Duo WoO 27 No. 3
Allegro sostenuto
Aria con Variazioni – Andantino con moto
Jenny Maclay, clarinet
Sarah Ghandour, cello

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Fantasia n°7 in E Flat Major for violin, transcription for baroque cello, TWV 40:20
I. Dolce
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Presto
David Simpson, cello

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Luisa Miller: Tu puniscimi, o signore
Solange Adamson, soprano
Edgar Jaber, piano

Tom Gurin
Not Open
Jenny Maclay, clarinet

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Valses nobles et sentimentales
I. Modéré
II. Assez lent
III. Modéré
IV. Assez animé
V. Presque lent
VI. Assez vif
VII. Moins vif
VIII. Lent
Edgar Jaber, piano

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Histoire du Tango
I. Bordello
II. Café
III. Nightclub
Dhyani Heath, violin
Sergio Tovar, guitar

About FEU Musicians

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.

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.

Born in Boston and raised in Bucharest, Edgar Jaber is currently finalizing a master’s degree in Mathematics and Engineering at CentraleSupélec/Université Paris-Saclay. He is a pupil of the Romanian pianists Toma Popovici and Viorica Rădoi at the National University of Music in Bucharest. His repertoire focuses mainly on classical and romantic german composers as well as early XXth century modernism.

About FEU Alumni

Sarah Ghandour is currently a doctoral student at Stony Brooke University, where she also completed her master’s degree with Cellist Colin Carr in May 2020. She completed undergraduate education at Bard Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Cellist Peter Wiley and a Bachelor in Mathematics. Sarah was then the honored recipient of the 2017-2018 Harriet Hale Woolley-Fulbright Scholarship and one year artist residency in Paris, France. She enjoyed collaborating with the Ensemble Calliopée, performing the Korngold Sextet and other repertoire, at the Fondation des États-Unis. Most recently, Sarah participated in the Pablo Casals Festival, where she also won the solo competition, culminating in her performance in 9th century Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa, Prades, France.

Vandoren Artist-Clinician Dr. Jenny Maclay enjoys a diverse career as a clarinet soloist, recitalist, orchestral player, chamber musician, pedagogue, and blogger. In 2020-21, she was Visiting Instructor of Clarinet at Brandon University (Canada) and Visiting Lecturer of Clarinet at Iowa State University. Online, she is known as Jenny Clarinet, where she created her eponymous popular blog, and she is also the Social Media Coordinator for the International Clarinet Association.

In 1974 David Simpson received a B.A. in applied math from Harvard.  He studied cello with George Finckel, Michael Rudiakov at Juilliard Pre-College, Ben Zander, André Navarra at the CNSMDP, and Anner Bylsma, and otherwise with Leon Kirchner and Nadia Boulanger. He is principal cellist of Les Arts Florissants and a longtime member of the contemporary music ensembles 2e2m and TM+.  He just retired from over 30 years teaching baroque cello at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, and remains an avid hiker and birdwatcher.

About 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.

Sergio Esteban Santiago Tovar started playing guitar at the “Escuela de Artes Miguel Angel Martin” in Villavicencio, Colombia. Until 2008, he worked with Emil Mora and Ivan Lozano. He then joined the “Universidad del Cauca” in Popayan and obtained his degree with professors Cristina Perez Madiedo and Mauricio Arcos. In 2012, he is selected in the series of “Jovenes Interpretes” organized by “El banco de la Republica” of Colombia. This allows him to participate in “la semana de la guitarra” in 2013. Between 2014 and 2016 he continued his studies with Jeremy Jouve in the Conservatory of Aulnay-sous-Bois, where he obtained his Diploma of Musical Studies and his advanced cycle. He continued his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, in the class of Olivier Chassin, where he obtained his master’s degree with honors. Since 2015, he has been teaching at the Maurice Bacquet Conservatory in Noisy le Grand.

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