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Phil-ling a Musical Gap

February 26, 2015
Philharmonie de Paris

Paris’ rich cultural landscape is heavily laden with envelope-pushing museums like the Centre Pompidou, avant-garde archi marvels like La Defense, and beautiful mod-urban gardens like Parc André Citroën – why even stuffy old LV has been given a certain je ne sais quoi with the recent unveiling of fantastic Gehry-designed gallery, Fondation Louis Vuitton. That said, the City of Lights has always lacked a world-class orchestral venue – an absence felt ever more keenly over the last 20 years as it waited for the completion of the Philharmonie de Paris, an architectural behemoth nestled in the northeastern quarter that has long been entangled in bureaucracy and complications.

Well (finalement!) the glittering steel and glass edifice, imagined by starchitect Jean Nouvel, was unveiled this January. And what a marvel. Sinuously stunning, the 2,400-seat concert hall envelops audiences with cutting-edge acoustics courtesy of techno whiz Studio DAP. As you’d expect, the opening season is a star-studded program of international and homegrown talent, including the Orchestre de Paris’ performance of Prokofiev’s Symphony no.1 ‘Classique’ and Tchaïkovski’s Swan Lake with Leonidas Kavakos as guest violinist (25-26 Feb); Honegger’s oratorio/opera Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher with Marion Cotillard in the leading role (4-5 March); and a series of Chopin recitals by Chinese classical piano icon Li Yundi (23 March). Just get your mitts on tickets quicksticks – seats are Phil-ling up fast!

221 ave Jean-Jaurès, 19th  / +33 1 44 84 44 84 / philharmoniedeparis.fr

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