French Poetry and Art Song Settings by French Composers

The AF will sponsor another opportunity to attend the delightful event—Le Mariage de la Poésie et de la Musique—French Poetry and Art Song Settings by French Composers, at The Church in the Forest, 3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA, on Sunday, 17 May, 4:00 P.M. Melinda Armstead is the pianist; Katherine Edison, soprano, and Bob Armstead, bass-baritone, will sing.

This scholarship fund-raising event will consist of the reading of a series of poems by French poets Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, and others. Each reading, by local French students guided by Dr. Gisèle Kapuscinski, will be followed by a musical rendition of the poem sung by one or both of the singers. Please invite your family and friends to join us. Below, the program:

  • Viens! (Duet) – Victor Hugo (1802-1885)/Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
  • Mandoline (Katherine) – Paul Verlaine (1844-1896)/Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • Nell (Robert) – Le conte de Lisle (1818-1894)/Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
  • La fille aux cheveux de lin from Préludes I (piano solo) – Claude Debussy Dans les ruines d’une abbaye (Katherine) – Victor Hugo/Gabriel Fauré
  • Histoires Naturelles (Katherine) – Jules Renard (1864-1910)/Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) III. Le Cygne I. Le Paon
  • Hymne à la Nuit (duet) – Édouard Sciortino (1893-1979)/Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
  • Clair de lune from Suite Bergamasque (piano solo) – Claude Debussy
  • Clair de lune (Robert) – Paul Verlaine/Gabriel Fauré
  • Clair de lune (Katherine) – Paul Verlaine/Claude Debussy
  • Après un rêve (Robert) – Romain Bussine (1830-1899)/Gabriel Fauré
  • L’Invitation au Voyage (Katherine) – Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)/Henri Duparc (1848-1933)
  • Phydilé (Robert) – Leconte de Lisle/Henri Duparc
  • Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman (duet) – Jules Barbier (1825-1901)/Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)

Donations are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Proceeds will go to the AF Scholarship Fund.