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Fête de la Musique
Champs Elysees
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2009-06-22 03:58:55
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In Paris for the Fête de la Musique? Everywhere you go you'll hear music, from opera to jazz. The Fête unites big names at major venues with accordionists on street corners and choirs in church halls. All concerts are free.
Fête de la Musique
In Paris for the Fête de la Musique? Everywhere you go you'll hear music, from opera to jazz. The Fête unites big names at major venues with accordionists on street corners and choirs in church halls. All concerts are free.
It all began in October 1981, when Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance. He expressed the desire to "be the director of all kinds of music, from the accordion to the recording industry". In 1982 he made a study of the cultural habits of the French, to find that five million people - including one child out of two - played a musical instrument. He also wanted to find a way to bring people and their music out on to the streets. Three weeks later the Fête de la Musique was born.
The musicians are a mix of professionals and amateurs and the festival policy is to give an equal place to amateur musicians, rock, jazz, singing and traditional music, all of which are given a chance to be heard alongside so-called "serious" music.
Rock concerts are usually held at the Place de la Republique, while classical orchestras can be seen in the courtyard of the Palais Royal and indie bands play at place Denfert-Rochereau. Events take place not just in Paris but all over France and it is common for musicians to return to their home towns to perform.
The event has become a social phenomenon (it even had a postage stamp devoted to it in 1998) and its success has been exported to other cities across Europe, San Francisco, New York and Manila, not to mention Brazil and Colombia.
Make the most of the carnival atmosphere in the city and while you travel to and from the different venues make sure you check out the many and varied alternative gigs staged in local bars and cafes. This is not to be missed.
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Fête de la Musique Website
Make the Music on Champs Elysees
9h20 : opening of the party with the blowing hunting horns, 9h30 : School orchestra with its 22 4th grade students of school Armand Lanoux (brass instruments, woodwind and latines percussion sections), 10h : instrumental of 12 children directed by par Raphaël Saint-Rémy (XX and XXI century music), 10h30 : collection of 20 little guitars directed by Catherine Martinez, 11h : School orchestra at Les Cahn'I with collection of brass instruments and percussions of the 5th and 4th grade of Henri Cahn school (classical music, movies and creations), 11h20 : blowing hunting horns, 11h30 : Brass band of National Police directed by Christophe Lefevre, with 100 students of Gaston Ramon de Garches school, offer Feezzy au village fanfare, an exhibition thought and realised by Jean-Claude Decalonne and Marc Steckar, 12h15 : Band of 10 brass instruments directed by Jean-Bernard Beauchamp (Aïda de Verdi), 12h30 : orchestra in open space of 10 children directed by Michel Hulot (Renaissance until nowadays), 13h : ensemble of 20 violoncelles directed by Guillaume François, Pascale Jaupart and Marie-Blanche Solano (movie music), 13h25 : blowing of huntinh horns, 13h30 : band of 10 brass insruments directed by Jean-Bernard Beauchamp (Aïda de Verdi), 13h45 : ensemble de 6 clarinettes directed by Rémy Duplouy (Oblivion de Piazzolla).
Styles : jazz all styles, new public, harmony . band, classic music
Place :
Square Marigny
75008 PARIS 8eme
Schedule : between 09:00 and 14:00
Acces metro / RER : Franklin Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées Clemenceau
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