April in Paris

April 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM 

Location: First Church, Boston

Music by Debussy, Faure and Poulenc, with baritone Paul Soper.

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Enjoy this sumptuous feast of music by French composers, including Debussy’s immortal Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Honegger’s evocative Pastoral d’été and Faure’s hauntingly beautiful Pavane, all in intimate arrangements for chamber orchestra.

Baritone Paul Soper is back on stage with the COB with songs by Poulenc and a few from the days of the Moulin Rouge. Le Bestiaire is set to Apollinaire’s witty description of select members of the animal kingdom: Camels, goats, grasshoppers, dolphins, shrimp and carp (!). And after listening to Rapsodie negre you will never hear the word “Honolulu” again in quite the same way.

A free reception with the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres follows the concert.


 Honegger: Pastoral d’été

Poulenc: Le Bestiaire (ou Cortege d’ Orphee)

Robert Edward Smith: Barcarolle from A Place of Beauty

Poulenc: Rapsodie negre

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Poulenc: Voyage a Paris and Hotel

Faure: Pavane

Giraud: Sous le ciel de Paris

Louiguy: La Vie en Rose