The Paris Festival: Opening Week

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Susan Graham - Mezzo-soprano


Chabrier - Joyeuse Marche

Fauré - Pavane, Op. 50

Saint-Saëns - "Bacchanale," from Samson and Delilah

Canteloube - Selections from Songs of the Auvergne


Ravel - Menuet antique

Schmitt - Suite from The Tragedy of Salome, Op. 50

Friday, January 13, 2017

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Paris is home to one of the world’s richest mixtures of culture and music. This first of three Festival programs celebrates composers who were based in the City of Light. At the heart of the concert are the gorgeous selections from Joseph Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, a work often requested by our audience. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will float the exquisite melodies straight into your heart while showcasing the extraordinary chemistry she enjoys with Yannick. Chabrier was a composer’s composer; his Joyeuse Marche is a jaunty parade through the boulevards of Paris. Fauré’s haunting Pavane has delighted Parisiens (and everyone else) since its first performances in the 1880s. Saint-Saëns’s “Bacchanale” is a raucous episode from his opera Samson and Delilah. Ravel’s Menuet antique is perhaps inspired by Chabrier, an early supporter. And Florent Schmitt’s Suite from La Tragédie de Salomé anticipates the work of another Paris resident, Stravinsky. The lives (and works) of these composers intertwined; we know you’ll relish the musical riches that could only have been born in Paris.

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