Open Call For Applications: French American Jazz Exchange (FAJE)

The guidelines and online application for the next grant round of the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) program are now available. Co-administered by FACE Foundation (French-American Cultural Exchange) and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue and contribute to the dynamism of jazz as an art form.

France Rocks Austin 2016

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.

Opera Lafayette presents: Une Éducation Manquée

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.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet's Upcoming US Performances

One of today’s most sought-after soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities and dazzling technical prowess.

Celebrating the legacy of Rameau - an interview with Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette

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.

Harvardwood Presents: Furuya Sisters Trio Plays RAVEL

May 29, 2016 | 5:30PM - 7PM
National Opera Center - Scorca HAll
The Furuya Sisters Trio performed at the White House this last December, and were thanked by Michelle Obama, who wrote "The President and I are so grateful for your wonderful performance." The great Hungarian pianist Gyorgi Sandor praised their "superior talent". Among those who have admired them are actresses Joan Fontaine, Olivia de Havilland, and Rhonda Fleming. Cellist Mimi Furuya has won numerous awards. She is also a composer, whose work has been performed by the Juilliard Orchestra and the American Brass Quintet. Pianist Sakiko Furuya has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, and Merkin Hall in New York, and was a winner of the Gina Bachauer Competition at Juilliard. Violinist Harumi Furuya '95 PhD '06 has performed at, among others, Alice Tully Hall and Prague's Dvorak Hall.​

DC Jazz Festival presents: The Lafayette Suite

June 8, 2016 | 8:00 p.m.
Embassy of France
DC Jazz Festival presents "The Lafayette Suite" concert by French pianist Laurent Coq and American saxophonist Walter Smith III, with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Classical Saxophone Project at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall

June 8, 2016 | 8PM
Weill Recital Hall
losing another great season of unique musical events in New York City, the Classical Saxophone Project returns to the Carnegie Hall stage. The program offers an eclectic mix of musical styles our audiences have come to love and expect. Featuring music by Bach, Berlioz, Mozart, and a world premier by P. Kellach Waddle.

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme at the Lincoln Center Festival

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).

Les Arts Florissants in the United States

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.

Caravan Palace Announces Tour

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.