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