Jacques Brel & Charles Trenet: Fire and Fantasy - Merkin Concert Hall
129 W. 67th St. - 212-501-3303
New York, NY 10023
Description: The Belgian and French pair of composers are celebrated with an authentic flair under the graceful touch of tenor Philippe Pierce, making his New York Festival of Song debut, and mezzo-soprano Marie Lenormand, whom French music magazine Diapason praised as a "distinguished and emotive musician, whose every phrase is a model of simplicity and elegance." This tour-de-chant includes some of Brel and Trenet's most famous pieces -- Brel's "Ne me quitte pas" and "Madeleine," and Trenet's "Que reste-t-il de nos amours" and "La mer" -- along with lesser-known treasures. Joining pianist and NYFOS artistic director Steven Blier are virtuoso accordionist Bill Schimmel and Broadway veteran Greg Utzig on banjo and guitar.