Music in the Paris Air
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Behind the doors of a tiny pâtisserie, down a side street off the boulevard Saint-Germain, in the shade of tree-lined canals, an enchanting city of secrets and charms awaits you…
Let long time expat residents show you the heart and soul of Paris, as they lead you through the secrets of Paris – arrondissement by arrondissement — so you get to know the City of Light and enjoy it like a local.
It’s all in Paris Confidential.
Dear Parler Paris Reader,
Music is in the Paris air.
Just following this upcoming intensive weekend discussing and learning how to make the move to France at the Working and Living in France Conference (June 18 – 20), we Parisians, Frenchmen and visitors will be gearing up for the longest day of the year and the most melodious.
Every year for the last 23 years, France has celebrated Summer Solstice on June 21st with Fête de la Musique, a festival begun when Maurice Fleuret became Directeur de la Musique et de la Danse in October 1981 and at the request of Jack Lang to have “la musique partout et le concert nulle part” (“music everywhere and the concert anywhere”). At the time, they studied the cultural habits of the French and found that five million people, one out of two being young, play a musical instrument and they dreamed of bringing everyone to the streets to play and celebrate.
No dream now — “La Fête” is the highlight of the Summer.
This year, the theme is “Arts Numériques et Facture Instrumentale” inviting the exploration of the bond which exists between traditional instruments (organs and pianos, accordions, string instruments and woodwinds…) and the new digital instruments.
The festival has taken on such popularity that now more than 120 countries and approximately 250 cities worldwide participate. There are thousands of concerts scheduled in Paris alone…starting in the early afternoon and lasting until the wee hours of the morning…as long as the musicians are willing to play.
The way to best enjoy it? First, you can get the official program of concerts at the Web site (http://www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr), but it’s difficult as each arrondissement requires a separate search.
My favorite neighborhood for La Fête de la Musique? You guessed it…Le Marais. From La Bastille to Place de la République all along boulevard Beaumarchais, there is music on almost every corner. In all the courtyards of the Hôtels Particuliers, including the museums and monuments, there is music. All around the Place des Vosges, Le Centre Pompidou and in every “petite place” there is music. And there is no shortage of street food vendors grilling merguez and kabobs or cafés where you can rest your weary feet over a beer or Kir.
‘Course, music is in every part of Paris, so no matter what neighborhood you choose to wander, you’re sure to catch the “esprit de la fête.”
A la prochaine…
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CELBRATING BLOOMS DAY 2004
Shakespeare and Company presents a screen adaptation of Ulysses – ‘BLOOM.’ The film, officially released at the end of June, has had incredible reviews. For more information about the film, please check http://www.ulysses.ie
We recommend that people reserve before by either emailing us at [email protected] or visiting us at the bookstore situated at 37, rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Métro: St Michel/Cluny la Sorbonne. The film will be introduced by the Producer and presented at Cinema Galande, 42, rue Galande, 75005 (only a few minutes walk from the bookstore). The film will be showing this Wednesday at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm and tickets cost 6 euros each.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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ONE WORLD ACTORS PRODUCTIONS
1)”COME TOGETHER – THE BEATLES PROJECT” by Barbara Weber-Scaff, Musical show (BAG PRODUCTIONS) starring: Laure Balon, Thomas Boissy, Andy Chase, Emma Chase,Bertrand Commère, Francois Combarieu,Steve Croce, Caroline Devismes, Xavier Drouot, Yves Galula Bruce Johnson,Manu Riquier,Barbara Scaff.
2) “TALKING HEADS ” by Alan Bennett, Monologues in English starring: Justin Hillier, Mark Downey, Clara McBride, Sara Bartlett, Diane Bertrand, Kim-Michelle Broderick directed by Diane Bertrand
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AT THE HOTEL DU NORD
Neal Casal in Concert
Darden Smith in Concert
AT LA JAVA
Erin McKeown + special guest Ken Emerson (and friends Claude Langlois
Jolie Holland and Band in Concert
Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 8:30 p.m.
Tchaikovsky, Strauss, R. Schumann
Roger Mason is back after a 20 year absence…! Roger Mason still has what it takes…
He’s coming back to Paris with songs from the wonderful years between 1960 and 1980. He’ll also be bringing new songs and light up the stage with his electric presence and unique way of interpreting what no one else can do with such sensitivity and refined character. He’ll also bring memories of the past plus a view of what we’re likely to see a lot of in the future, or at least we hope so…
Learn more at http://www.rogermasononline.com
Tickets: 15, 12 et 9.5 Euros
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At the colonial exhibition in 1930, Robert Jenny had a kiosk where he sold produce from his region: salt-pickled cabbage choucroute, sausages and beer. Appreciating Parisian life and noting that the fine Alsatian products attracted the Parisians, this native of Strasbourg sought to set up business in the capital. He found just the right place not far from the place de la République, at number 39 boulevard du Temple. This was the hall where the former Victor ball was held. Did he know that this address had once been that of a Russian restaurant in 1906, then a Belgian restaurant in 1914 ?
The quarter was lively, even though it no longer deserved the reputation of «Crime Boulevard» that it had had in the 18th century, when the plays billed at the many theatres in the area mainly drew inspiration from the items in the news.
Cocktails, Dinner and Virtual Tour of Paris by Thirza Vallois at Chez Jenny is included in the conference price for participants but you and your friends are welcome to join us for $75 each all inclusive.
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Music In The Paris Air
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