A French Cel­e­bra­tion with Su­san Graham 11 – 22 July, venues around Aus­tralia

Provincial Living - - Entertainment -

Su­san Graham is not just one of the world’s favourite mezzo-so­pra­nos. She has also been awarded the Che­va­lier de la Le­gion d’Hon­neur, Or­dre des Artes et Let­tres – one of France’s most pres­ti­gious awards – an hon­our she shares with the likes of Ru­dolf Nureyev, Philip Glass and Cate Blanchett. She earned the Le­gion d’Hon­neur for her pas­sion­ate com­mit­ment to the mu­sic of France. Now she presents a very per­sonal se­lec­tion of reper­toire from La Belle Epoque.

Christo­pher Moore, Ike See, Timo-Veikko Valve and guest vi­o­lin­ist Karen Gomyo join Graham to ex­plore the in­scrutable “je ne sais quoi”of mu­sic by Ravel and Franck.

Lose your­self in Re­spighi’s evoca­tive de­pic­tion of a sunset and en­joy a master mu­si­cian’s homage to “magi­cien des mots”, Stéphane Mal­larmé. Then close your eyes and let your imag­i­na­tion roam to the ex­quis­ite sounds of pi­ano and strings. Visit: www.aco.com.au/what­s_on/even­t_de­tail/french

Mel­bourne Bastille Day Cel­e­bra­tions 18 – 19 July, State Li­brary of Vic­to­ria

Celebrate Bastille Day in style. Two days filled with food, wine, craft, mu­sic and laugh­ter. Fun for the whole fam­ily. Not to be missed. Visit: www.bastille­daymel­bourne.com.au

Bris­bane French Fes­ti­val 11 – 12 July, South Bank, Bris­bane

Fran­cophiles all over town will bring out their Bre­ton-striped tops and red berets for the Bris­bane French Fes­ti­val to celebrate Bastille Day. Pre­pare for two days filled with French mu­sic, cui­sine, cul­ture, en­ter­tain­ment and stalls selling a range of prod­ucts from home dé­cor, gifts, fash­ion and much more, along­side French travel and lan­guage ser­vices. Visit: www.bris­bane­french­fes­ti­val.com.au

Bleu Blanc Rouge French World Fes­ti­val 10 – 12 July, Cir­cu­lar Quay, Syd­ney

Pre­pare to im­merse your­self in the food, wine, mu­sic, cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and “art de vivre” of France over three days at Syd­ney’s own French Fes­ti­val. There’ll be hands-on cook­ing ses­sions with fa­mous chefs, spec­tac­u­lar free live con­certs, open air cin­ema screen­ings, cabaret shows, and a fa­mous French DJ spin­ning the beats on Satur­day night for Syd­ney’s funki­est dance party at “le bal du qu­a­torze juil­let”. Visit: www.bbr­fes­ti­val.com.au

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