February 2 & 3, 2016 | 7:00 pm
The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Opera Lafayette, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera Une Éducation Manquée (An Incomplete Education) with libretto by Eugène Letterier and Albert Vanloo at The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
One of today’s most sought-after soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities and dazzling technical prowess.
According to the foundations of musical harmony established in the Traité de l’harmonie, “the Ancients” based the rules of harmony on melody, instead of beginning with harmony. The author of this famous text – one on harmony which is now the basis of most 20th-century music textbooks – is Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764), a French composer of the late Baroque period who earned recognition through his complex operas and research in music theory.
July 20 - 24, 2016
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
One of the great comedies of Western literature is shown here in a critically acclaimed production by Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (A Magic Flute). Award-winning director Denis Podalydès goes back to the origins of this “comédie-ballet,” incorporating Lully’s music as well as dance interludes. With exquisite costumes by Christian Lacroix, this Bourgeois Gentilhomme recalls the bravura of the original version that so delighted Louis XIV at its premiere.
Far from diluting the potency of the work’s scathing social critique, this vibrant production reinvigorates its relevancy. In an “exuberant” performance (Libération), Pascal Rénéric brings tenderness to the titular gentleman, Monsieur Jourdain, a textile manufacturer who aspires to the aristocracy. As this “man of little light, who speaks nonsense on all topics and applauds only at wrong moments” attempts to acquire the tastes and manners of the elite, the farce ramps up, resulting in a “magical Baroque extravaganza” (Libération) filled with “playfulness, invention, and intelligence” (Le Figaro).
Paris and New York—two cities with deeply intertwined cultural roots—are renewing their historic bond this summer through a five-month transatlantic cultural exchange. Kicking off on June 7th, the Paris-New York Tandem will feature over fifty events in both cities that incorporate artists, artworks, and themes native to the other.
Celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants explore the hedonistic side of the French Baroque with the rarely staged opéra-ballet Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, by André Campra (1660-1744), famed successor to composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Gamblers, carnies, gypsies, and jilted lovers—baring lots of leg via scanty updates on period dress—populate a series of stories in this crimson-hued carnival of courtly music, dance from Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and Venetian decadence, originally conceived in the anti-authoritarian ferment surrounding the Sun King Louis XIV’s final days. Play-within-a-play plot devices, melodies borrowed from Lully’s opera Atys, gliding gondolas, and dancing sheep round out Campra’s whimsical nod to French libertinism. They will perform in New York at the Guggenheim on April 11th and the Brooklyn Academy of Music from April 14th through 17th, as well as select dates around the country.
Parisian 7 piece electronic big band Caravan Palace is set to tour the U.S. this spring in support of their critically acclaimed third full-length album, <|°_°|>, out now on Le Plan Recordings. See below for a full list of dates.Since its release, <|°_°|> has received extensive critical praise. In premiering the record, KCRW noted that “this new album keeps the good times coming, with a potent mix of fun-loving genre mashups.” Host Marco Werman of PRI’s “The World” commented on air, “you can see my body moving, because…it is!” and PopMatters named the album the “#2 Pop Record of 2015.” The record also saw chart success, reaching #3 on Billboard’s Electronic/Dance Album chart and #5 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart; it has remained on the Billboard Electronic/Dance chart for over 20 weeks.
International creative force Asaf Avidan is a unique voice in today’s music scene. A bestselling, Platinum certified, mass followed star across Europe, he will be winning the hearts of a new audience this April on a nationwide US tour. Living all over the world, Avidan left the continent of America untrodden until just two years ago, and so was less known state side. Once introduced, he quickly garnered the attention of critics. Described by the New York Times as “an artist that writes like Leonard Cohen, sings like Robert Plant, and has the charisma of a cabaret performer” and NPR drawing comparisons to Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Bob Dylan “but they add up to a wholly original sound, with songs that are beautifully written and fervently performed”, Avidan is set to continue building his following across America with the upcoming tour dates.
France returns to Austin's SXSW Festival, one of the largest in the world, in a big way in 2016, with an impressive lineup of established and emerging acts that span genres, like Fakear, Cocorosie, L.E.J., Marina Kaye, Talisco, Alice on the Roof and many more. France Rocks is organizing three showcases during the music portion of SXSW, which runs from March 15 - 20, 2016. These events include a Lunch with French Tech at Brush Square Park on Tuesday March 15th, a showcase that evening at Trinity Hall on 6th St, and a Thursday evening showcase at Central Presbyterian Church.
The music portion of SXSW runs from March 15th through 20th, 2016.
This is certainly not the first time France has made a major splash on the Texas festival. In the past, France Rocks has hosted many acts going on to great international visibility, including Stromae, Christine and the Queens, Yelle, Ibeyi, La Femme, Yan Wagner, Revolver, Hindi Zahra and many more.
One of music's most innovative and eclectic ensembles Magma will tour North America beginning in March 2016. Swirling riffs in odd time signatures, theatrical choir arrangements, heavy and distorted pulsing bass guitar, bombastic and minimalistic (sometimes both at the same time), dark and brooding, adventurous and angelic, jazzy or classical, but always with the highly innovative and original drums of founder and main composer Christian Vander.
On the forthcoming US dates the legendary ensemble will be performing selections of new and classic Magma music! “MAGMA is happy to return to the United States to play for Americans. We know you are passionate, respectful and curious about music. We find you to be generous and open. It will be a joy for us to see you this year.” - Christian Vander
French pianist Frank Woeste collaborates with American trumpeter Dave Douglas on a new repertoire for jazz quartet, with trumpet, bass, piano, and drums. The project is inspired by the life and work of Man Ray and his colleagues in the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th century. The quartet, called DADA PEOPLE, also includes bassist Yashushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn.