Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fête de la Musique


Our House of Music...

An appropriate post for this, the national Music Festival Day... All across France there will be many free concerts today... American musician Joel Cohen had the idea in 1976 while he was working for the national French radio station France Musique. Cohen suggested an all-night music celebration to coincide with the summer solstice. A French music director and the minister of culture later took on the idea, and the first Fête de la Musique in France occurred on this date in 1982.

My kids are among about 130 students who take music lessons here at this center. There are another 170 people or so who participate in a variety of ensembles... choirs, bands and orchestras...

It's an active society, almost 130 years old, started in 1882. This center was constructed beginning in 1995, and inaugurated 12 years ago today, on June 21, 1999. Of course, the occasion was marked with a concert...

Between choir, French horn and now flute lessons we've spent a lot of time here since we moved to La Ferté in 2005... We will surely miss this place and especially the people who have worked long hours, making the music programs run so smoothly. A special thanks to Jean-Luc Geunis, the director. My kids (and I) have learned so much from him!

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