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Survey of Les Six

Jan 28th 2017 @ The Mercantile Library

Cincinnati, OH
I Was There
Saturday, January 28th, 2017
7:30 PM
The Mercantile Library
414 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-3903
In an era when German melodrama and Impressionist decadence were all the rage, this roguish group injected post-World War I France with music antithetical to such voluptuousness.  In the words of Jean Cocteau, a close collaborator of the composers, "Enough of clouds, waves, aquariums, water-sprites and night scents; we need down-to-earth music, everyday music."
In 2017, CSI embarks upon a three-concert survey of these composers' art song output to celebrate the 125th birth anniversaries of three of the six: Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, and Germaine Tailleferre.  Hosted and narrated by Kenneth Griffiths, Director of Collaborative Piano Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music, this first concert introduces us to the unique voice emerging from Les Six in what would become the new aesthetic for France in the 1920s and beyond.
A meet-the-artists reception will follow.  For more information on CSI's Survey of Les Six series, visit
Meet the Artists:
Marie Marquis | SOPRANOLiza Forrester Kelly | MEZZO-SOPRANOAlexander Hurd | BARITONEAhyoung Jung | PIANOSamuel Martin | PIANOKenneth Griffiths | NARRATOR
Note: Performers and repertoire are subject to change.