A must experience – Universities of Paris Orchestra and Choirs (a free concert on the horizon!)

A few weeks ago, I had the beautiful opportunity to sit in Saint Eustache and listen to the combined choirs of various branches of the University of Paris.The order and beauty of the setting was competently matched by a performance that drew upon a predominantly sacred ensemble of music. As much as many Parisians would like to deny it, the richness and beauty of the Catholic faith tradition is still evident in the art, music and even contemporary life of the city. An entire book can be written on that subject. On this particular evening, the influence of Catholic tradition was palpable and beautifully on display.

On the 5th and 6th of June there will be more – with the concert on the 6th of June being a free one. I cannot wait to experience both performances!

Details (in French):

Mardi 5 juin 2012 à 20h30
Grand Amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne
47 rue des Écoles – Paris 5e
Concert Chœur et Orchestre, direction Vincent Barthe
Chef de chœur : Ariel Alonso
Félix Burgan, violoncelle solo
Stanislas Barbeyrac, ténor
Florian Westphal, baryton – basse

R. Wagner, Ouverture des Maîtres Chanteurs
P. I. Tchaïkovski, Variations sur un thème Rococo, op. 33
G. Puccini, Messa di Gloria

Mercredi 6 juin 2012 à 20h30
UPMC – Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Amphithéâtre 25
4 place Jussieu – Paris 5e
Concert Chœur Sorbonne Universités et piano, direction Ariel Alonso
et chœur « Tous ensemble » (La Plata – Argentine), direction Emiliano Linares
Piano : Sara Beucler et Yann Ollivo

Chœur Sorbonne-Université :
B. Britten : Hymn to the Virgin, Hymn to Saint Peter, Festival Te Deum
Z. Kodály : An Ode for Music, Mattrai Képék, Kallai Kéttös

Click HERE to book tickets and to reserve a place for the 6th of June