French Cellist Alexis Descharmes Performs at the Embassy of France
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The last date listed for French Cellist Alexis Descharmes was Wednesday September 5, 2012 / 7:30pm.
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After an $8 million renovation, the gorgeous art-deco Bethesda Theatre is now Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, a top spot for live music, dining and drinking. The club offers great entertainment from top national blues and jazz artists, plus the best talent from the mid-Atlantic region, in an intimate setting with excellent acoustics. Enjoy a great dinner served up with a little blues and jazz -- Executive Chef William Pack, Jr., has created a Creole/Cajun-inspired menu with a bevy of mouthwatering choices, including delicious desserts. See full event listing for upcoming performers. Learn More
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The concert was a miserable experience. It began 20 minutes late, there was no one present to collect tickets at the entrance until after the concert was supposed to start, and the concert hall was stifling hot with no perceptible air conditioning. The French Embassy usually puts on wonderful events, but this was a real failure. Aside from the venue, the concert was well-performed and quite avante-garde for the DC classical music scene. The performance was impeccable, however, I'd never recommend a John Cage concert to anyone unless they knew what to expect going into it. I personally am not a fan of his "music,", and it was obvious by the lackluster applause for the performance that most people thought the music sounded like a cat fight in a back-alley.
A graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris, Descharmes is a founding member of the leading French contemporary ensemble Court-Circuit. He has also worked with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ensemble Alternance, and collaborates regularly with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), a renowned institute in Paris dedicated to the research and creation of contemporary music. His audacious project “30 ans > 30 créations” — cataloging the artistic output of 30 contemporary composers over three decades — was premiered at Paris’ Cité de la musique, followed by a tour to other parts of Europe. Since 2004, Descharmes has recorded for the æon label, which has released the works for cello by Saariaho and Liszt (Diapason d’Or of the Year, 2007) and, with his artistic collaborator Sébastien Vichard, Schubert and Huber anthologies.