The French cabaret on November 6



Stephanie Blythe

The Bard College Conservatory of Music and Graduate Vocal Arts Program presents Songs from the real world: the French cabaret, a benefit for the Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Graduate Scholarship Fund. The concert features renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe (artistic director), pianist Kayo Iwama (associate director), as well as members of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program and Conservatory Collaborative Piano Fellowship exploring the early days of the French cabaret world, a musical movement that was born to explore an exotic and bohemian ideal, expressing social and political satire through song. The show will take place on Saturday, November 6 at 8 p.m. at the Sosnoff Theater at the Fisher Center. Tickets start at $ 25, with $ 5 tickets for Bard students made possible by the Passloff Pass. Virtual livestream tickets are paid the way you want. All ticket sales benefit the Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Graduate Scholarship Fund. To buy or book tickets, visit, call 845-758-7900 (Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or email

“One of the most important missions of the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program is to teach the art of communication and collaboration. It is therefore perfectly logical that following a global pandemic which took us all out of the public world and threw us into very private and often solitary settings, we emerged from the world of French song, ”writes the artistic director. Stephanie Blythe. . “These extraordinarily popular songs began in the 1880s with the appearance of realistic song – truthful shameless statements about life on the streets of Paris and all the elements that defined those lives – the poverty of the working class, debauchery, sex, crime, and much more. Seen through the lens of romantic, smoky cafes and rain-drenched cobblestone streets. Here was a good dose of nostalgia, enamelled with wit and charming, as well as a deep sadness and longing, and not a little accordion. These songs are a perfect way to initiate an intimate dialogue with an audience, a dialogue that we have developed even more vividly after such a long forced separation. “with all of you. Through the art of song we see what it means to be fully human, something we have all examined closely over the past year and a half.”

The evening’s program includes a repertoire of French cabaret songs from 1866 to 1968, and includes “Les temps des cerises” (1866) by Jean-Baptiste Clément (1836-1903), “La Vie en rose” (1945) by Louiguy (1916 -91), “Le serpents qui danse” (1957) by Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), and “Les moulins de mon coeur” (1968) by Michel Legrand (1932-2019) among many others.

Publication date : 27-10-2021


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