Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Classical Music Up Close in Paris

A spiritual impulse

I don't go to concerts for months, and then wind up going to three in the span of two weeks, to wit:

Jay Gottlieb at Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture, in teaching mode, extemporizing on American music in a two-part series that was as much a revelation to me as it was pure joy to experience once again his exuberance and mastery of piano.

Sarah Niblack and four other young musicians of Classical Revolution at Café Chéri in Belleville this past Sunday ended with what they called a "jam," where a classically trained oboeist and bassoonist jumped in and played various tangoes and "Three Little Maids" from the Mikado!

What's exciting is turning off the cellphone, closing my eyes and concentrating on the sounds, on the notes, and when it's good, feeling those shivers up my spine. I watched the musicians from SinfoniettaPARIS a month ago perform in my house for an afternoon concert that came as close to perfection as anything I have experienced in a long, long time.

SinfoniettaPARIS Chamber Orchestra, under the practiced baton of conductor Michael D. Boone, will continue its "Cocktails and Conversations" in two weeks, on December 6th, which is a Thursday. (The venue has yet to be announced.) This time Quatuor Franz will perform. The young musicians are so skilled, so passionate and have such a rapport with each other, that the opportunity to see them up close is a rare and special indeed.

Jay Gottlieb quoted American composer George Crumb: "Music is a system of proportions in the service of a spiritual impulse."

Pictured: SinfoniettaPARIS chez Grace last month. To book for the next SPCO concert and cocktail event December 6, 2012 please write Fanny at mecenat@sinfoniettaparis.org
€25 (and possibility to join the patrons circle starting at €50.)

More information:

SinfoniettaPARIS Chamber Orchestra: www.sinfoniettaparis.org

Quatuor Franz: www.quatuorfranz.fr/

Mona Bismarck Center for American Art and Culture: http://monabismarck.org/

Classical Revolution (Paris)http://www.facebook.com/classicalrevolutionparis

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