From Earth to Heart : French baroque music mirrors Eastern songs

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Date(s) - 15/12/2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Mazda Hall


The Alliance Française de Pune in partnership with the Poona Music Society presents a musical programme of Baroque and traditional songs from France, Middle East and South-East countries.

Artists : Claire Lefilliâtre, soprano, Ensemble  Son Ar Mein Consort with Camille Aubret, violin; Martin Bauer, viola; Jean-Luc Tamby, lute; Emmanuelle Huteau, bassoon and Asian University for Women Choir (35 singers)

From Earth to Heart:  French baroque and Eastern traditional songs

Launching a bridge between French ancient culture and the East and South-East countries of Asia, Asian University for Women Choir, with 35 singers coming from 14 countries, will collaborate with the French professional ensemble Son Ar Mein. This programme will include 16th century French choir pieces, like the famous « Mignonne, allons voir si la rose », the charming village songs devoted to Christmas, composed by the French musician Michel Corrette, and Eastern songs from different countries of the singers of the Choir, which will create a fascinating echo.

Claire Lefilliâtre, soprano

Claire Lefilliâtre is a famous soprano soloist performing all over the world in the greatest concert halls. Since 1999 she has been the principal interpreter of the productions of Le Poème Harmonique, directed by Vincent Dumestre. Her concerts and recordings with the ensemble have been unanimously acclaimed by the press, which recognizes in her work a new approach to the interpretation of Baroque music.


Ensemble Le Son Ar Mein Consort

For 10 years, French ensemble Le Son Ar Mein Consort has been organizing an important Summer Festival and a musical season in countryside of West of France to re-unite best French musicians and to create original musical programmes. All musicians are professional and specialized in ancient music. During that festival, in villages and farms, they offer high level performances. In India, Son Ar Mein Consort will notably include violin players Camille Aubret (musician in Poème Harmonique and la Tempête orchestras), Emmanuelle Huteau, bassoon player and Director of the Petit Festival, Martin Bauer, viol player and Jean Luc Tamby, lute player.












Asian University for Women Choir

Asian University for Women Choir (AUW, Chittagong , Bangladesh) reunites around 40 young women from 14 South-Asian, South-East and Middle-Eastern countries. The Choir has been working from December 2017 in partnership with Alliance Française Chittagong for a musical project under the direction of Dr. Selvam Thorez and Ethan Goldbach. This project is to help young women to develop their cultural and vocal knowledges and to improve their self confidence. It includes weekly trainings, courses and classes in vocal abilities, musical theory and history, given by French professional musicians.   Asian University for Women Choir is regularly invited to perform concerts by prestigious institutions like the French Embassy in Bangladesh ans their current programme will include concerts in India, in Bangladesh and in France, notably at Paris Unesco Center and at the French National Parliament.


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