We attended two concerts in Paris. The first was one I had often seen advertised and wanted to see. Gospel Dream. at the Church of St Germain des Pres.
Sadly this choir did not live up to expectations. With the tickets at 33 euros each (25 for concessions) this was not a charity event and the acoustics of the church were completely wrong for the music. The chior was at it’s best when singing unaccompanied and I enjoyed the songs with African themes in Swahili. However the soloists needed microphones to be heard and the organ music was lost and just a jumble of noise, as for the saxophonist, his music seemed to bear no resemblance to what was being sung.
Although this is a gospel choir in a church, I also did not appreciate the religious zeal aspect of the concert, whilst I have every respect for the faith of the people, after all this was an expensive professional concert, not a church service.
Unfortunately I just felt this was a money making tourist trap.
Compare this with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
We queued for an hour to get concessionary18euro tickets for over 65’s or under 28 years, but it would have been worth paying full price for this amazing show.
The 4th Jul was a fitting date to see this ballet, and the Americans in the audience let the company know their appreciation.
I sat absolutely fascinated with the athleticism, grace and rhythm of the dance company as they went from ballet of “Arden court”to joyful Latin type of dance in Urban folk dance, to the finale of “Revalations” a 38 minute spectacular set to the most wonderful African American spiritual music and song.
Te audience gave them a standing ovation and they performed an encore!
Michael said it would be worth queuing to go and see again!
Love from Paris.
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