Tuesday 26 February 2019

Celebrating Berlioz and more at the Institut Français

Institut francais tribute to Berlioz
The Institut Français is celebrating the Berlioz 150 anniversary with a programme of talks and concerts in March, and alongside these is the Institut's ongoing Les Salons en Musique chamber music programme which celebrates the restoration of its 1907 Pleyel grand piano (see the video below).

The Berlioz celebrations include Fantastic Berlioz on 5 March 2019, an evening of discussion and music, with distinguished conductor John Nelson (who will be conducting Berlioz' Grande messe de morts at St Paul's Cathedral on 8 March 2019) and Berlioz expert Bruno Messina, with live music from soprano Fatima Said. Then on 7 March there is an evening with the distinguished Berlioz scholar, David Cairns, with music provided by mezzo-soprano Jess Dandy and pianist Dylan Perez, plus actor Malcolm Sinclair reading Berlioz' letters and articles.

Full details from the Institut website.

Les Salons en Musique, which launched in January, continues on 21 March when cellist Benedict Kloeckner and pianist Danae Dörken perform music by Schumann, Shostakovich and Martinu, with a Leonardo da Vinci-themed programme from the Early Music group Doulce Mémoire on 16 May, then violinist Mi-Sa Yang and pianist Jonas Vitaud in Mozart violin sonatas in June.

Full details from the Institut website.

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