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Siri Vik: La Vie En Rose
The Art of the French Chansonnier
Thu, Nov 11, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
This program of French chansons swims with images and sounds of the streets of Paris: the café, the cabaret, the cherry blossoms in the spring, the smoke billowing from a lazy cigarette.
Musically the songs spill over with what we Americans hear as a distinctively French sound: the sensuous streamlined melody over the lilt of a waltz. Songs like La Valse à mille temps and Mon manège à moi carouse with the beat the waltz, the hum of accordion and the heat of the Paris dancehall. Le Temps des cerises and La Mer speak of a Frenchman’s deep love and tenderness for the beauty of his country. Ne me quitte pas, Dis quand reviendras-tu?, and Les Feuilles mortes overtake--devastate--with their words of longing, loss, passion and love, and with the fearless and raw quality in which the song texts depict the hard and humdrum lives of the everyday working classes.
While our program highlights the work of two most legendary chansonniers, Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, we explore this idea of Paris-Amour in songs of classical composers such as Francis Poulenc and Erik Satie, as well as lesser known (to us) French songsters of the last century whose work has endured to remind us of la vie parisienne, la vie d’amour.
Event Personnel
Siri Vik, soprano
Nathalie Fortin, piano
Lou Crist, accordion
Amey Herman & Doug Heydon, violin, bass
La Chanson classique
Words by Guillaume Apollinaire - Music by Francis Poulenc
from Banalités
Chansons du cabaret
 La Complainte de La Butte
Words by Jean Renoir - Music by Georges Van Parys
 Le Joli Pharmacien
Words by Jean Nohain - Music by Mireille Hartuch
Chanteuse réaliste: La môme Piaf
Words & music by Michel Emer
 Mon manège à moi
Words by Jean Constantin - Music by Norbert Glanzberg
 Padam Padam
Words by Henri Contet - Music by Norbert Glanzberg
 La Vie en rose
Words by Édith Piaf, Mack David - Music by Louiguy
Chansons à texte
 Dis quand reviendras-tu?
Words & music by Monique Serf
Chansons de Prevert
 Je suis comme je suis
Words by Jacques Prévert - Music by Joseph Kosma
French exports
 Les Feuilles Mortes
(1945) Les Portes de la nuit
Words by Jacques Prévert (fr) - Music by Joseph Kosma
 La Mer
Words by Charles Trénet - Music by Charles Trénet, Léo Chauliac
 Au suivant
Words & music by Jacques Brel
 Ne me quitte pas
Words & music by Jacques Brel
 La Valse à mille temps
Words & music by Jacques Brel
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Guillaume Apollinaire, 1880-1918
Jacques Brel, 1929-1978
Léo Chauliac, -
Jean Constantin, 1928-2010
Henri Contet, 1904-1998
Mack David, 1912-1993
Michel Emer, 1906-1984
Norbert Glanzberg, 1910-2001
Mireille Hartuch, 1906-1996
Joseph Kosma, 1905-1969
Louiguy, 1916-1991
Jean Nohain, 1900-1981
Édith Piaf, 1915-1963
Francis Poulenc, 1899-1963
Jacques Prévert, 1900-1977
Jean Renoir, 1894-1979
Monique Serf, 1930-1997
Charles Trénet, 1913-2001
Georges Van Parys, 1902-1971
Associate Events
Thursday Nov 11
6:00 pmPre-Concert Dinner
Ticket/Venue Info
Siri Vik: La Vie en rose Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
AA26.00  23.50  22.25  21.00  13.00 
A22.00  20.00  18.75  17.75  11.00 
B18.00  16.25  15.50  14.50  9.00 
O18.00  16.25  15.50  14.50  9.00 
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Eugene, Oregon
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