Paris 2018

Singing Fauré's Requiem in Paris - June 7 to 17, 2018

Members of the WVC will be performing Fauré's Requiem in Gabriel Fauré's home church, L'Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, where he composed his Requiem and premiered it in 1888. Also in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Gounod, the WVC singers will perform Gounod's Requiem in the same concert.  MidAmerica International (the group that sponsors the choral concerts in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center) have organized the concerts, tours, lodging, and local transportation. This trip will be for nine days of work (rehearsals and performances) and play (tours of the sites in and around Paris)!
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Updated - May 11, 2018
Updated this page and added MidAm's "final" schedule (as of May 8th) for their Paris Music Tour (detailed itinerary is at bottom of  this page).

     Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – La Madeleine, Paris, France at 8:30 pm
                      (See: http://midamerica-music.com/concerts-2018-international/ )
            Symphonique Bel’Arte     Richard Bourdham, Artistic Director
                FAURÉ:  Requiem in D minor, Op. 48   Earl Rivers, Conductor
                GOUNOD: Requiem    Francis Bardot, Conductor        Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gounod’s birth
           Participating Choruses:
                Choer d’Enfants d’Ile de France, Paris, France (Francis Bardot, Director)
                Clermont Chorale, Cincinnati, OH (Tim and Tracy Carpenter, Directors)
                Warwick Valley Chorale, Warwick, NY (Stanley Curtis, Director)
                
Northern Kentucky Community Chorus, Lakeside Park, KY (Stephanie Nash, Director)
                Knox Choir, Cincinnati, OH (Earl Rivers, Director)
                Saint George Greek Orthodox Church Choir, Oklahoma City, OK (Haldor Howard, Director)

Summary of the "final" rehearsal schedule for this concert (see the "Paris Schedule 2018", below):
    *. Friday June 8: 7 pm – 9 pm: Hotel Mercure. Organizational meeting with Peter Tiboris and staff; 
                        Introductions, review of schedule day by day, questions and answers.
    *. Saturday June 9
        –– 8:30 am - 12:00 pm: In the Hotel Mercure Conference Room: 
                        American choruses (only) convene to rehearse the Faure and Gounod.
        –– 1:45 pm: American Choirs meet MIDAM staff in hotel lobby and private coach transfer to 
                        St. Frances des Sales Church for rehearsal.
        –– 2:30 pm TO 5:30 pm at the St. Francis Church.
                        The American choirs and French choirs come together for a piano rehearsal of Faure and Gounod.
                        It is a short bus ride from Mercure Hotel to the St. Frances Church.
    *. Sunday June 10
        –– 12:30 pm – 2 pm: Lunch on own in the neighborhood area around St. Frances des SalesChurch.  
                        (Busses will drop us at the Church after the morning tour.)
        –– 2 pm: Go to St. Frances Church and line up for rehearsal.
        –– 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm: 
                        American Choirs and French Choir: choral rehearsal with piano on Faure’s Requiem and Gounod’s Requiem
    *. Monday June 11. 2pm to 5pm orchestra rehearsal with the soloists (not the choruses) of the Faure and Gounod.
        –– 7:15pm: American Choirs meet MIDAM staff in hotel lobby for private coach transfer to 
                        L’eglise Saints- Marie Madeleine for general rehearsal.
        –– 8 pm: American Choirs arrive L’eglise Saints-Marie Madeleine and line up for rehearsal
        –– 8:30pm - 11:30pm, the "general rehearsal" in L'eglise Saints-Marie Madeleine with all choirs, soloists and orchestra.
    *. Tuesday June 12: Concert in LaMadeleine.
        ––7 pm: American Choirs meet MIDAM staff in hotel lobby and private coach transfer to L’eglise Saints-Marie Madeleine.
                        Please wear concert dress.
        ––7:45 pm: American Choirs arrive L’eglise Saints-Marie Madeleine and line up for concert.
        –– 8:30 pm: Concert in the L’eglise Saints-Marie Madeleine
Concert attire:
    For men: black suit jacket and black pants, white shirt and black tie or bow tie, black shoes;
    For women: Black top and bottom, short or long sleeves, comfortable black shoes (any type); 
    For everyone: do NOT wear jewelry and please, no cologne for the dress rehearsals or concerts. 
    Please bring a black folder to cradle your music during performances.


See the "Paris Schedule 2018 (below) for the schedules of the five "walking" tours plus dinner/cruise on Saturday, June 16th.

MidAm has an optional excursion tour to Versailles on Friday, June 15th. Those not going on the excursion will have a free day in Paris.

Peter Tiboris, the Director of MidAmerica, relayed this historical tidbit: Gounod was the music director at La Madeleine prior to Fauré. On Gounod’s death, his requiem was performed at La Madeleine with Fauré conducting, Saint-Saens playing the organ and Giuseppe Verdi in the audience!

Travel arrangements:  All WVC travelers have finalized their travel arrangements for this trip.  The times and locations for arrivals and departures in Paris have been forwarded MidAmerica.

A big thank you to Amy Ferrell who assisted WVC travelers in making the travel arrangements for this trip.


Sing along with this or other YouTube videos:



Click here to listen to or download practice tracks as well as a vocal score for the Fauré Requiem.   
Click here to listen to or download practice tracks as well as a vocal score for the Gounod Requiem.   


               
L'Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, outside, inside, and map.

For more info about and photos of this venue see:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Madeleine,_Paris


Rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday will be at the St. Francis Church (Saint-François-de-Sales, 70 Rue Jouffroy-d’Abbans, which is in the 17th Arrondissement).



The residence for the MidAm group of will use the Hotel Mercure Paris 19 Philharmonie La Villette ( http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-8816-hotel-mercure-paris-19-philharmonie-la-villette/index.shtml.  See also Tripadvisor.com) for their headquarters - lodging, Saturday AM's rehearsal, pick up for tours, etc. 


This hotel is across the street from the famous new Cité de la Musique (See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cité_de_la_Musique).  One can see directly opposite the new Philharmonie Hall! It is in an excellent location and 10 to 12 minutes by bus from the center-of-Paris.  The hotel is 2 blocks from the Porte de Pantin Metro station on the #5 line.

Passports:  Don't forget to pack your passports.

Other info:  
1) MidAmerica has indicated that the Rutter edition of Fauré Requiem will be used in Paris.  The WVC music library has copies of the Kalmus and Schirmer editions to loan out.  In mid-May, I will send out mappings of the differences between the Rutter, the Kalmus and the Schirmer versions of the vocal score.

Also MidAm has indicated that we will be using the Carus edition of the Gounod Requiem.  Each singer has received a copy of this vocal score. 

2)  Practicing the two Requiems.   Singers will have to refresh the Fauré on their own using CDs, Cyberbass, etc.  Given that the Warwick Valley Chorale sang the Fauré in Carnegie Hall on April 23, 2018 and in their three May concerts, most of the Paris travelers will be "refreshed."  Click here to listen or download practice tracks as well as a vocal score for the Fauré Requiem.  
     Preparing for the Gounod Requiem will take some individual effort.  Click here to listen or download practice tracks as well as a vocal score for the Gounod Requiem.   Singers are now meeting Tuesday evenings at the Warwick Reformed Church and working on the Gounod.

If you have any questions about this trip, please send me a note at:  cholmes@warwickvalleychorale.org .


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