Une soirée à l'orchestre : Presentation

Join us for “Une soirée à l'orchestre”on Thursday, December 8!

The evening will begin at 6 pm at the Alliance française with a
presentation "The Orchestra, from its Parisian origins to Philadelphia" by Carolyn Ellman (professional cellist and cello teacher) and Awena Guitton (intern at the Alliance française and amateur cellist). The presentation will be provided with finger food and refreshments.


Date: Thursday, December 8

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Alliance française de Philadelphie

Language: English - French

Fee: $5 per person

*** Presentation aperçu ***

The presentation will explore the origins of the symphony by examining the influences from French history that led to developments in Paris which have culminated in the modern concert hall experience. Surprising connections will be discovered between events from centuries ago and the current moment. After briefly demonstrating a few themes from the concert by playing them on the cello and having a short discussion of the conductor’s role in managing the various instruments and their interactions, there will be time for finger food and refreshments. 

*** Who are Carolyn Ellman and Awena Guitton? ***

Carolyn Ellman
is a professional cellist with a wide variety of musical experience in chamber music, symphony and theatre locally as well as in France and Switzerland. She teaches at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and has recently retired from the Delaware Symphony. Her husband Norman Ellman is a longtime instructor at the Alliance Française. Awena Guitton is a student at Sciences Po Rennes in France, she is currently interning at the Alliance française de Philadelphie. She is also an amateur cellist.


*** Want to prolong the evening? ***

After the presentation at the Alliance, the evening will continue at Verizon Hall to attend a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra, one of America's most prestigious orchestras.

If you wish to attend, click below to register for the presentation and the concert as well.

Fee: $85 per person

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