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Parisian Romances

On Sunday March 11, 2018, Le Salon de Musiques celebrates the sixth concert of its season 2017-2018 with a chamber music program dedicated to three genius French masters: Saint-Saens, Franck, and Chausson. Titled "Parisian Romances," the concert will take place at 4:00pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. As with all concerts by Le Salon de Musiques, "Parisian Romances" will cast aside the traditional stage and be performed beside the audience for a more intimate and interactive musical experience. The performance will be followed by a Q&A between the audience and the artists, with a French champagne reception and a high tea gourment buffet. 

The program will be introduced by musicologist Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano, and will be performed by a Trio Virtuoso consisting of violinist Myroslava Khomik, cellist Jacob Braun, and pianist Vijay Venkatesh


Camille Saint-Saens composed his wonderful Piano Trio n.2 in Algeria during the spring of 1892. Written in five movements, the richness of the score reminds the beautiful texture of the Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio. Full of passion and romanticism, this piece is a pure Gem.

Cesar Franck was one of the most creative and powerful French Composers of his generation. The Father of Modern French Music, his inspiration was divine. His “Andantino Quietoso” for Violin and Piano, written in 1843 and dedicated to his Patron Achille de Montendre, sounds like an elegiac melody, reminding Schubert’s melancholy and sorrow.

Ernest Chausson studied composition with Cesar Franck. His Piano Trio was an early Masterpiece written in 1881. In four movements, the exquisite piece was certainly influenced by Cesar Franck’s repertoire. Filled with wonderful harmonies and lyrical impressionistic melodies, this piece is a treasure of beauty rarely performed.

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