It may be the traditional summer holidays in France, but visitors can enjoy the Green Festival Classique where the combination of classical music and natural beauty result in a truly magnificent Parisian night.
The city created the summer concert in 1993 to celebrate music and the city’s green spaces. Last year, over 80,000 attended the 15 concerts offered during the festival. This year, in addition to professional musicians, event organisers are offering up a classical music “open mic” with local acts performing to the crowds. There are also workshops and sing-along events.
The entire Green Festival Classique is held at the Parc Floral de Paris, the botanical garden for the City of Paris. The Parc Floral, with its beautiful bonsai trees, irises and dahlias – complete with unique sculptures and ceramic works – is an ideal setting for such an eclectic and spirited arts festival. Concerts continue throughout August into mid-September, and the festival is open to everyone.
Organisers have described this year’s performances as a musical journey. They have brought together the roots and folk inspirations of classical music, and the many places on the planet where the music has developed. There will be the French duo Salque-Peirani, British singing group Voces8, and the Italian baroque ensemble Les Paladins. South American tenor Rodrigo Ferreira, American harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, and Armenian pianist Varduhi Yeritsyan will also perform.
A highlight of this year’s event will be on 29 and 30 August. For two nights, the Paris Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre National d'Ile de France will combine for a one-of-a-kind musical evening. The program includes the complete piano concertos of Ludwig Van Beethoven played and directed by two renowned pianists Nicholas Angelich and François Frédéric Guy.
With a wide variety of visitors enjoying the Seine river cruises that visit Paris, the concert is a great way to spend an evening in the city.
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