Thursday, April 24, 2008

Classy French Embassy Offers Rare Contemporary Classical Works By Ravel, Antheil, Crumb, Aperghis, Clement, Ueno, And Prestini -- And French Wine

Dear Friends of Contemporary Classical Music,

The French “Ensemble Aleph,” together with the American ”Verge Ensemble,” will give a unique performance of 20th and 21st century musical works at La Maison Française on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 pm. La Maison Francaise is part of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Contemporary Music Forum has been working with La Maison Française to create a year-long collaboration between French and American musicians, promoting new American and French music. This collaboration led to a Franco-American contemporary music festival, which includes this month a series of three concerts with the Verge Ensemble and Ensemble Aleph.


- George Crumb, Dream Sequence (Images II) (violin, cello, piano, percussion, glass harmonica)

- Ken Ueno, cello & percussion/boombox (Verge ensemble)

- George Aperghis, Récitations /voice

- George Antheil, Mecanique 1: Serpents (1921-Création USA) - transcription
- Maurice Ravel, Trio violin, cello, piano

- Dominique Clément, "Let's go" for voice, violin, cello, clarinet, piano, percussion, electronics

- Paola Prestini, New piece for Aleph & Verge Ensemble

A wine reception to meet the artists will follow the concert.

WHAT: Ensemble Aleph and Verge Ensemble (details below and at

WHEN: Friday, April 25 at 7:30 PM

WHERE: La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007


RESERVATION: Required. Please send an email to

Your reservation will allow access - on a first come, first served basis - to the Embassy's underground parking facilities.

This performance is made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the French-American Cultural Foundation, the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, and Spedidam.

Daniel Chester French sculpture inside the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Photo credit: With thanks.


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