Sunday December 17th, 2017,
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Edouard Michelin Auditorium
Alliance Française of Madras, No.24, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 006,
A mix of devotion and passion, joy and tears, Songs of the Heart features music by French and Italian composers illustrated by poetry from the Renaissance and Baroque eras in dialogue with jewels of Indian poetry. Similar lyrics celebrate both sacred and profane love in the Songs of Songs from the Bible (in musical settings by Palestrina or Monteverdi) and in Les Amours de Ronsard (music by Anthoine de Bertrand). We also find parallels in ancient Tamil love poems or in texts by saintly women like Andal, Mira Bai or Lal Led that explore every facet of Love.
Under the direction of Françoise Lasserre, Akadêmia has worked with Indian artists since 2013. Together, the ensemble has given concerts and performed operas in Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Paris, Metz and Reims. For this production, five singers and two instrumentalists from France will be joined by thirteen singers and two actors from India.