Archive for the ‘An American in Paris’ Category

Kit Armstrong, Church Owner

Monday, June 9th, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead In a highly original career move, Kit Armstrong, the famed child-prodigy pianist, now 22, has bought a church in Hirson, a town of about 10,000 in the north of France. His first concert in his new home/hall was last Tuesday before some 600 people. Armstrong, born in Los Angeles to an English […]

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Changes on French classical radio?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

  By: Frank Cadenhead Expect change with French public radio. Mathieu Gallet, only 37, hit the ground running as the new head of the seven-station public radio service, Radio France. “Obviously, we have no time to lose” he said and announced two major appointments in the classical music area. Gallet, appointed by an unanimous vote […]

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Benjamin Millepied in Paris

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead The life of Benjamin Millepied is almost a film script itself. Imagine a kid, born in Bordeaux and raised for part of his youth in Senegal, where his mother taught African and modern dance. At 13 he starts ballet school in Lyon, at 16 moves to New York to continue his study […]

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The New Season at the Paris Opera

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead The season 2014-15 at the Opéra National de Paris has a distinct French flavor. It is another highpoint in the increased attention that France is giving to their music in recent years. For several decades after the end of the war, seasons were almost exclusively German or Italian in flavor but in […]

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Opera and the Super Bowl

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead It is now three decades I have lived in France but, when there is a chance, I like to re-connect with my roots. Last night was Super Bowl night and it was even live on French TV at midnight. I remember those overstuffed afternoons with friends or family where we, along with […]

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Paris – A Permanent Festival

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

By: Frank Cadenhead When one thinks of Paris, the sights, the Seine, the food, the romance come to mind. Even the tourist office never talks about the extraordinary classical music scene, certainly one of the greatest in any city in the world. It is a secret story that amazes with its treasures. Virtually every night, […]

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Concert de Noel

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

A Christmas gift thanks to France Television: a celebratory concert of the Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France with their new music director (starting next season), Mikko Franck, with excellent vocalists and the Radio France choir. Natalie Dessay makes a guest appearance.   On the same site, there are other finds like the rare […]

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The French Diapason Awards, 2013

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

By: Frank Cadenhead Diapason magazine, one of the two major music magazines in France, released their much-anticipated annual recording awards, Diapason d’Or, on Thanksgiving day, without apparently realizing that the significant number of American critics in France might be distracted.  Well, I was anyway. In the Vocal Recital category, unsurprisingly, Jonas Kaufmann won with his […]

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Bellini, I Puritani, Paris Opera, November 25, 2013

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

By: Frank Cadenhead Monday night’s new production of Bellini’s I Puritani is yet another example of absent leadership at France’s flagship Paris Opera. The company is in artistic shambles and needs a general housecleaning. Incoming boss Stephane Lissner has much work to do. Why would a director put I Puritani in a season if nobody […]

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“It’s the Music that Keeps Me Young!”

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

By: Frank Cadenhead It was a remarkable birthday party to honor an extraordinary man. The November 7th celebration, about five weeks early, of pianist Menahem Pressler’s 90th birthday was also a celebration of his life’s work. Salle Pleyel, in Paris, was host to a program of chamber music with some of his friends, the kind […]

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