Last night’s US premiere of musician and composer, Yann Tiersen, marked the opening of the season of events hosted by the ‘La Maison Française‘ (or “The French House“) Franco-American cultural exchange at the French Embassy. They are scheduling event’s throughout the summer and vary their selections from music (jazz, folk, classical, and rock) to other performances (cabaret, opera, theater) and are held in a very intimate setting on the grounds. If the actual quality of the performance isn’t enough, remember, this is France, and a complimentary wine tasting ensued after the performance (I only wished for cheese and bread to follow!).
The staff servicing the event, including the cultural attache, were very enthusiastic about the performances and getting feedback on every aspect. It was a pleasure to share their excitement for the work (even if the “avant garde” nature of the performance saw a few early exits of patrons). Considering prices being paid for concerts this year (including those $250 U2 tickets), paying $25 for a seat is more than reasonable and the hospitality extended by the embassy was amazing.
For upcoming events, visit their website (Note: you may have to “click around” as the calendar feature is not working at the moment)… and enjoy.