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Storm the Bastille! Concert on Bastille Day

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by May Cross (subscribe)
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Celebrating all things French
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I am a self-confessed Francophile (as my regular readers know). I love French wine, French perfume, French food, French films and France. And I also love French music and history. So I was delighted to be invited to attend a musical concert on Bastille Day and am happy to tell you about this tres chic event.

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Storm the Bastille! is a concert to celebrate French music culminating in a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise on Bastille Day, 14 July. You will be treated to free fine French champagne and complimentary French cheese (Camembert?) to top it all off. Sante to that. It is being held from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm in the Anglican Church of St Mark's at 1073 Waterworks Road in The Gap.

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The concert will feature premiere brass ensemble Full Spectrum Brass. They are a local Brisbane brass band from the Southside, and their members include Michael McKay on trumpet, Ted Starr also on trumpet, Joe Morley on trombone, Anton Kalish-Smith on euphonium, Rogan Clancy on bass trombone and John Cosic also on bass trombone. They will present pieces by composers Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Claude Debussy and Camille Saint-Saens amongst others. I won't tell you about the whole programme as I want you to have some surprises.

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Also appearing will be The Tricolours playing Balets by Boismortier for wind trio. The highlight for me is hearing Kathy Williams-DeVries, early music specialist, who will play two sonatas by Francois Devienne on a French Buffet RC Prestige clarinet. As well as the recorder and clarinet, she will be playing a curious instrument called the chalumeau which is the earliest version of the modern clarinet. It looks like a recorder with a clarinet mouthpiece and 2 keys.

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Special guest is Greg Hartay-Szabo playing his Hauptwerk virtual pipe organ. David Jacobs and his wife Katia will perform on folk French instruments and might even teach us a traditional French dance.

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Tickets
General $20
Concession $15 (seniors and health care cardholders)
EMSQ members and 4MBS subscribers $12
Full time students (14 and over) $10
Children 13 and under are free.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door on Bastille Day.
Included in the cost is French champagne and cheese.

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Enjoy complimentary cheese and bubbles (May Cross)


What is Bastille Day?
Bastille Day is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. It was a historical landmark of the French Revolution, and feudalism was subsequently abolished. The Bastille, a fortress-prison in Paris, was notorious for gaoling political prisoners. Celebrations are held throughout France and Brisbane - and the rest of the world - on 14 July each year. We commonly call it Bastille Day but to the French, it is their National Celebration. Vive la France!

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Ooh-la-la I love French music (May Cross)


Le French Festival in Brisbane runs from 5 to 7 July 2019. Everyone is invited to join in and celebrate the principles of freedom, equality, fraternity and Bastille Day with French music, cuisine and culture.

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*May Cross was invited as a guest
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Why? Cheaper than a trip to France.
When: 14 July 2pm-4pm
Phone: 0404 946 839
Where: Anglican Church of St Mark’s, The Gap 1073 Waterworks Rd The Gap
Cost: $10-$20 (see article)
Your Comment
It was a terrific way to spend a few hours on Bastille Day.
by May Cross (score: 3|5382) 97 days ago
French music at its best.
by May Cross (score: 3|5382) 97 days ago
Wow, sounds so much fun, May! Wish I could be there.
by Belladonna (score: 2|360) 150 days ago
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