FONTAINEBLEAU, 1921-2021: Ancient Palace – Cradle of Modern American Music

Monday | May 2 2022 | 7:30 pm


$20 student tickets are available by phone or in person. Call the box office at 212 501 3330.

In 1921 the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau opened its doors to American students from every state and every walk of life. Aaron Copland was the first to apply, marking the beginning of a procession of influential musicians and composers seeking the inspiration and knowledge of esteemed pedagogues such as Nadia Boulanger and Robert Casadesus. This concert celebrates the rich history of Fontainebleau with diverse works by Aaron Copland, George T. Walker, Louise Talma, and Charles Fox; world premieres by Bright Sheng, Dalit Warshaw and Mahir Cetiz; and a tribute to Nadia Boulanger featuring variations based on a theme by Robert Levin.

ARTISTS/INSTRUMENTS (in order of appearance)
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Donna Weng Friedman, piano
Diana Ligeti, cello
Dalit Warshaw, piano
Shannon Lee, violin
Baron Fenwick, piano
Khari Joyner, cello
Matthew Bengtson, Piano
Natalie Darst Xia, violin
Idil Belgin Kucukdogan, violin 
Mahir Cetiz, piano
Carol McGonnell, clarinet
Emma Meinrenken, violin
Min Young Kang, piano
Jane Yeong Eun Lee, cello
Ren Martin-Doïké, viola
Alan Moverman, piano
Magdalena Baczewska, piano
Dan Zhu, violin
Orchestre de Chambre du Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau - Eugenia Choi, Concertmaster

LILI BOULANGER - 2 pieces for Violin & Piano 1. Nocturne 2. Cortège (1911-1914)
NADIA BOULANGER - 3 Pieces for Cello and Piano: No 1. Modéré (1914)
DALIT HADASS WARSHAW - Notes on an Improvisation (hommage à Nadia Boulanger) (2022) (World Premiere/Fontainebleau Schools Centennial Commission)
EUGÈNE YSAŸE - Sonata in G major, Op. 27, No. 5, Pastorale (1923) 1. L’Aurore 
AARON COPLAND - Piano Variations (1930)
LOUISE JULIETTE TALMA - Sonata for Violin and Piano (1962)
ROBERT CASADESUS - Etudes, Op. 28 (Circa 1940) 
GEORGE T. WALKER - Sonata for Cello and Piano (1957)
MAHIR CETIZ - The Shades of Twilight for Violin, Bass Clarinet and Piano (2022) (World Premiere/Fontainebleau Schools Centennial Commission)
ALLAIN GAUSSIN - La Chevelure de Berenice for Clarinet solo (1990)
MAURICE RAVEL - Tzigane (1924)


ROBERT LEVIN AND ALUMNI COMPOSERS - Variations sur le nom de Nadia Boulanger, theme by Robert Levin
Short Solos and Duos By:
Robert Levin, Eliza Brown, Bright Sheng, Richard Carrick, Mahir Cetiz, Charles Fox, Jeremy Gill, Tonia Ko, Igor Santos & Dalit Warshaw (World Premiere)

CHARLES FOX - Fantasie (Hommage à Chopin) for Clarinet, Piano and Chamber Orchestra
Orchestre de Chambre du Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau 
Eugenia Choi, Concertmaster; Carol McGonnell & Magdalena Baczewska, soloists
Commissioned by the Polish government to commemorate the 200th birthday of Chopin

BRIGHT SHENG - Rages of Love for Violin and Chamber Orchestra
Orchestre de Chambre du Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau 
Eugenia Choi, Concertmaster; Dan Zhu soloist 
(World Premiere/Fontainebleau Schools Centennial Commission)

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