Posts Tagged ‘music’

Paris has music for all tastes

January 11th, 2016

Paris has something to offer to all music lovers, regardless of their preferred genre. My friends know that my musical tastes are rather broad and this past fall’s programming was a treasure trove!  To illustrate – during a 3-week period in October I managed to hear:  the Paris Philharmonic doing a Bartok program to satisfy orchestral desires, Schoenberg’s Moses and Aron (a new production at the Opéra Bastille) and Bluebeard’s Castle paired with The Human Voice (Bartok and Poulenc respectively, also new productions this year


Rock en Seine – There’s always next year!

August 25th, 2014

The (now) annual 3-day rock festival on the outskirts of Paris finished last night.  Good timing too – just before a week of rain started!  With 5 stages and a packed 3-day lineup this is a major festival (lots of American/British/French- along with a smattering of other-groups including Lana Del Ray, Portishead, Jake Bugg, Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Queens of the Stone Age, Thee Oh Sees, Tinariwen.  And it’s one of those rare summer music festivals that you can get to on public transit!  Easy


Love Celtic Music? Festival Interceltique, Lorient, Brittany

August 8th, 2014

There’s still time!  The Festival Interceltique held in Lorient, a city in southern Brittany, runs through this Sunday.  There are venues all over town in this small city, all within walking distance of each other.  And there’s music almost all the time (but especially in the evening) at the bars and restaurants that line the major streets.  This year the music of Ireland is featured but there are Celtic groups from many countries (Scotland, Australia, northern Spain, New Brunswick, Isle of Man, etc.).  I was


New York Jazz in Paris

July 29th, 2014

Two summer jazz festivals in Paris featuring the best of New York jazz – the American Jazz Festiv’Halles at the Sunside/Sunset and Nous n’irons pas à New York (we’re not going to New York) at the Duc des Lombards.  But hurry, the NY jazz programming at the Duc des Lombards ends this weekend on August 2nd.  You have a bit longer for the festival at the Sunside – theirs runs through August 9th (though both clubs have things programmed all month long). Sunside/Sunset, 60 rue


Les Siestes Electroniques – musical interludes Musée du quai Branly

July 18th, 2014

Electronic music in the gardens of Musée du quai Branly, Sundays in July from 4-6 pm.  The remaining sessions are the following 2 Sundays, July 20 and 27, 2014.  Free but you need to reserve a ticket which you can do here.  And if you go, plan to arrive on time with an open mind (that’s advice from the organizers!) and a plan to relax.  Enjoy the ambiance! Musée du quai Branly, 37 quai Branly, Paris 7th.  Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9) and RER C (Pont d’Alma)


Festival FNAC Live at the Hôtel de Ville, July 17-20

July 14th, 2014

Fan of urban summer music festivals?  Then it’s hard to beat FNAC Live for the setting – its stage is in front of the Hôtel de Ville in the very center of Paris!  And it’s free!  Concerts daily July 17-20 starting at 5:30 pm.  While you may not know the performers (unless you follow the French music scene) it should be fun, especially if the weather gods cooperate.  Click here for detail (in French).  In addition, there’s a stage in one of the ‘salons’ inside the Hôtel de


Pianos in the streets of Paris

June 26th, 2014

Play Me, I’m Yours! is back!  Launched in 2007 by an English artist and held in various cities, 50 pianos decorated by 50 different artists have been installed in 50 locations around Paris.  40 mini-concerts of all genres are programmed.  And of course they’re ready for impromtu mini-concerts or just a few minutes of tickling the ivories by any passerby moved to do so.  And wonderful photo ops!  Until July 10th. To find one click here.  Or just stumble on them during your wanderings (Sacre


Fête de la musique – June 21

June 19th, 2014

Music everywhere in Paris (and all over France) this Saturday during the 33rd Fête de la musique!  Concerts throughout the city, all types of music by musicians of all stripes – professionals, amateurs, formal groups, ad hoc jam sessions, you can find it all!  Click here to search for concerts by location or just wander around the city and see what you stumble on.  This year, the gardens of the Palais Royal are a good bet from about 6:30 pm on and the arcades for the Place des


The King and I, Théâtre du Châtelet

June 10th, 2014

If you’re a fan of musical theatre The King & I is at the Théâtre du Châtelet from June 13 – 29.  In English with French subtitles.  Lambert Wilson as the King and Susan Graham as Anna (alternating with Christine Buffle).  Tickets from 92.50 – 30 euros (plus service charge) depending on the performance date and categories available. Théâtre du Châtelet, 1 place du Châtelet, 1st.  Metro: Châtelet (lines 1, 4) or Cité (line 4), just a short walk across the Seine (and a much


Roving street opera Sunday

June 8th, 2014

Opera è mobile, roving street opera, will be presenting their 4th (and final) installment of Les Noces de Figaro today (Sunday, June 8th) at 4 pm, rue Marie Stuart, Paris, 2nd arrondissement.  Free and should be fun!  Metro: Etienne Marcel, line 4.  And if you’re hungry, stop in at Stohrer, at 51 rue Montorgueil and just steps away, the oldest bakery/pastry shop in Paris (Stohrer was the baker Marie Antoinette brought to France to bake the taste of home!).

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