New albums : Melody Gardot & Thomas Dutronc

Melody Gardot's new album came out 23 October : "Sunset in the Blue" includes the song  called "Little Something", a duet with Sting! A lovely pop/electro duet... a different style for Melody! Madame Figaro says this album is "sans doute le plus beau des albums de cette année".For those who don't know her yet, Melody Gardot is an American jazz singer who has been influenced by blues and jazz artists such as Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and George Gershwin as well as Latin music artists such as Caetano Veloso. She has also been nominated for a Grammy Award!

She was in other musical the headlines recently. She wanted to send a strong message that art and love will always break through, even during hard times. She decided to put together a collaborative video clip that featured submissions from musicians all over the world to create a new piece of music called “From Paris w…

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Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (History and Program)

Have you ever heard of The Théatre des Champs-Elysées ? Despite the name, it is not on Les Champs-Elysées but not far at all, Avenue Montaigne. I must say that I did not know much about the place (despite being a Parisian !) and I was so pleasantly surprised when I visited it. It is a hidden gem with a rich history and a fantastic program.

The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées opened in 1913. It was constructed by those who contributing to his financing. Later, Ganna Walska, a rich American, financed the theatre for decades. The building is remarkable for having been designed by a group of very well-known artists : architects Henry Van de Velde, Auguste Perret; the painter and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle; the painter Maurice Denis, and the crystal maker René Lalique amongst others. It was the first building to be made entirely out of reinforced concrete. The Théâtre is a jewel of 20th century French architecture and it wa…

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Le Musée de la Vie Romantique

Article by Iasmina Iordache who loves to discover the quiet contemplative spots of Paris.

The Musée de la Vie Romantique in the 9th arrondissement of Paris is one of those little-known yet fascinating places that played an important part in the history of Paris.

The museum is set in romantic painter Ary Scheffer's former house and workshop, a beautiful and quaint Restoration-style residence in a neighborhood that used to be known as the “New Athens”, home of many of Paris’s romantic artists during the 19th century.

The 1820s, when the neighborhood was built, were a time of great population growth in Paris. Many of those who wanted to get away from the crowded and unsafe center of Paris made for the slopes of Montmartre, previously occupied by orchards and guinguettes (open-air drinking establishments).

“New Athens” refers to the classical architecture that inspired the…

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North American dance companies coming to Paris

FUSAC and Le Théâtre des Champs Elysées present 2 great North American dance companies coming to Paris this fall!  Discount tickets are available.

At the end of this month, Benjamin Millepied returns to Paris with his L.A. Dance Project company and an evening very appropriately Made in L.A. 

L.A. Dance Project presents an evening of four choreographies at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, in the field of TranscenDanses. This program includes two creations from outstanding L.A. based choreographers, a revival of  Kineasonata by Bella Lewitzky, and the return of Benjamin Millepied’s Hearts & Arrows. Choreographers Madeline Hollander  and Jacob Jonas will both present new works commissioned for Generation LA, a festival of new dance works created for  and performed by L.A. Dance Project. Madeline Hollander is a choreographer at the forefront of interdisciplinary  collaboration. Her work was been featured in projects such as Director Jordan Peele’s most recent fe…

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Exhibition: Doisneau and Music

Until April 28th 2019 - Musée de la musique - Cité de la Musique

Bringing together more than two hundred photographs this unique exhibition unveils the musical sense of Doisneau’s imagination.

« In my ideal photography school, there would be a bouquet teacher and a music teacher. We would not train violin virtuosos, but we would explain the role of music, which sheds light on past civilisations—a very necessary further education. »

Robert Doisneau was born outside Paris in 1912. Entering the École Estienne ( Graduate School of Arts and Printing Industry in the 13th district)  at age 15 to study engraving and lithography, he then began working as a label designer for the pharmaceutical industry. As a young assistant to André Vigneau, his exposure to artistic creation developed. After four years with the Renault advertising department, he achieved the coveted status of freelance photographer.

Les gitans de Montreu…
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BOSTON BALLET – Théâtre des Champs Elysées, tarif réduit

FUSAC - en collaboration avec le Théâtre des Champs Elysées - vous offre 15% de réduction sur ce spectacle avec le code FUSBOSBA04 via le lien de la billetterie ! Boston Ballet - Du 9 au 11 avril 2019 à 20h00 

Deux génies de la danse au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Attention évènement ! La venue du Boston Ballet sera l’événement de la saison chorégraphique à Paris puisqu’ils viennent avec deux pièces, dont une création, de William Forsythe.

Connaissez-vous le Boston Ballet ? Et bien n’hésitez plus à venir le découvrir. Depuis 55 ans, cette compagnie de la côte est des Etats-Unis a inscrit à son répertoire les grands « classiques » (Petipa, Noureev, Frederick Ashton, Balanchine, John Cranko…) et quelques-uns des grands noms de la danse contemporaine (William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon et Jorma Elo, chorégraphe actuel…
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Songs about Paris and France

Sooooo many songs have been written about Paris. By some counts there are more than 2800! And sooooo many songs about France. But we never tire of them and listen to them again and again. Here's a few of our favorites, feel free to send us yours and we'll add them to the collection. Yves Montand sums up the number of songs about Paris with his own:

Tant de poètes ont écrit Des couplets des refrains Sur Paris Que je n'sais plus quoi chanter Pour vanter ta beauté Mon Paris

Au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minuit, il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysées. -- Joe Dassin, "Champs-Elysées" Douce France Cher pays de mon enfance Bercée de tendre insouciance Je t'ai gardée dans mon cœur! -- "Douce France" de Charles Trenet Paris sera toujours Paris ! La plus belle ville du monde Malgré l'obscurité profonde Son éclat ne peut être assombri Paris sera toujours Paris ! Plus on réduit son éclairage Plus on voit briller son courage Plus on v…
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An evening in Pigalle – the new trendy district

Pigalle used to evoke The Moulin Rouge, massage parlours and dodgy nightlife… If it probably still does for many tourists, it has also greatly improved and has even become a very trendy part of Paris. It went from being the « red-light » district of the city to being called « So-Pi » for South Pigalle, or the Parisian version of Soho, New York. Indeed, many cabarets and nightclubs have given way to trendy restaurants and fashionable cocktail bars. Of course, there are still plenty of sex-shops on the main roads but it is not as tacky as it used to be. New restaurants, bars, shops open all the time and the district is now a place where all the bobos and hipsters meet ! If you are out in Pigalle, we’ll give you some great spots to go out like a trendy Parisian ! EAT : Pink Mamma

The group of restaurants Big Mamma recently opened Pink Mamma, a beautiful pink four-story buiding of Italian gastronomy on rue de Douai. All the products are imported fro…

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David Lively, An American with rhythm in Paris

His name is Lively, David Lively. With a name like that he's got to have rhythm, so much so that he's put out an album called I Got Rhythm (La Musica). David Lively is a French concert pianist with origins in the United States. He was born within spitting distance of the Ohio River in Ironton, Ohio, then grew up near Chicago, Milwaukee, and finally in Saint-Louis. When he was 16 his piano teacher in pulled some [piano] strings and got David a university scholarship to study in France even though he hadn't finished high school. He spent the next couple years in the late sixties getting an education in life and piano in the land of Debussy and Ravel. Then he stayed. And stayed. He's been in France ever since and is called the most American of French pianists. But, as we all are, he's still hard wired to his roots even after nearly 50 years abroad and although he performs many different composer's music he has an attachment to American piano music. The album I Got Rhythm is a re-…
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Mass in C – Théâtre des Champs Elysées (30% discount)

Mass in C - Théâtre des Champs Elysées Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

This work composed by Mozart at the age of 25 is a pinnacle of the sacred repertoire in the demands it makes on performers and its humanity.

CAST Carolyn Sampson soprano Olivia Vermeulen mezzo-soprano Zachary Wilder tenor Dominik Wörner bass Masaaki Suzuki direction Bach Collegium Japan Opening the concert  Haydn Symphony No.48 For Mozart, the religious repertoire was more than just an occasional exercise or a mandatory rite of passage, but a genre in its own right which he cultivated regularly throughout his career. In his very early Masses, which already showed signs of promise, the musician demonstrated a mastery of instrumental and vocal polyphony. The Mass in C is influenced by Bach and Handel, especially in the large choruses. Italian influences can also be detected in the solo parts which are straight out of opera, for example in the dazzling Gloria. Although this Ma…
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