Archive for the ‘An American in Paris’ Category

Good News for the Radio Orchestras?

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

By: Frank Cadenhead June 15, 2017. An article in Tuesday’s Le Figaro newspaper gives some positive news about the future of the two radio orchestras in France, the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. As we reported in 2015 in Musical America, there was panic when proposals were floated to […]

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Emmanuel Macron, Pianist and President

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

By: Frank Cadenhead Today, Sunday May 14, 2017, Emmanuel Macron, the newly-elected President of France is officially installed with much ceremony including a parade down the Champs-Elysées. In an interview on a French classical music website in April, he was asked about his favorite composer. This is his reply: “I have a great admiration for […]

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The Paris Philharmonie’s Second Year Numbers.

Friday, March 17th, 2017

By:  Frank Cadenhead There was considerable concern about the future of the Philharmonie complex when it opened its doors in January of 2015. It was two years later than originally scheduled and almost three times the original cost estimate. It was still not totally finished and was in a poor area of town next to […]

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Yet Another Festival from René Martin.

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

By: Frank Cadenhead Indefagatable. That might be the word. René Martin already has plenty on his plate but still wants more. His latest creation is a festival which debuts from September 21 to 24 which will unfold in and around iconic Mont-Saint-Michel. The abbey of this tiny island town, whose famed image is only slightly less […]

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Two Concerts in Paris

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

By:  Frank Cadenhead Two concerts, Thursday and Friday, January 12 and 13, 2017, give a view to the future of the Paris music scene. The Thursday concert, with the first appearance of the new music director of the Orchestre National de France in his new role, gives a positive impression. Emmanuel Krivine, 69, is not […]

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Changes at the Opéra-Comique and Lyon’s Orchestra.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Best Laid Plans Department: for the Opéra-Comique, closed for two years, the post-restoration opening remains a story to be continued. Nine performances of Offenbach’s Fantasio in February, with a starry cast, was originally the celebratory opening event of the newly refurbished hall, the iconic Salle Favart. Delays in the promised completion date pushed the Offenbach […]

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Rozhdestvensky in Large Letters, Please.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

By:  Frank Cadenhead Odd behavior marked the scheduled appearance of Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the helm of the Russian National Orchestra in Paris on Monday, November 28. The orchestra was at the Philharmonie for a short, two stop, tour. Two days before, at a concert in Baden-Baden, he conducted a program of Prokoviev’s Classical Symphony, the […]

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A Healthy Paris Opera

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

By: Frank Cadenhead The numbers for the Opéra national de Paris’ 2015-2016 season, recently released, gives a positive impression despite the effects of the murderous series of terrorist attacks on the 13th of November of last year. Attendance has remained steady and private donations are up. The attack on the Bataclan Theater, which lasted over […]

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The Return of the Opéra Comique

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

By: Frank Cadenhead The September 15 press conference was unusually packed for the season announcement of Opéra Comique. After being closed for 18 months and under new management, the interest in the future of this iconic Parisian institution was high. The new director, Olivier Mantei, was the only speaker and occupied the stage for about […]

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The Opening Night “Train Wreck” This Weekend

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

By: Frank Cadenhead Where is Stephen Colbert when you need him? He certainly could do a comedy routine about the train wreck that is the opening of the musical season in Paris this year. The goofiness of multiple openings of world-class events on the same day would get lots of laughs. In his absence I […]

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