Mark your calendars for Bastille Day, the French national holiday celebrating French art and culture!
Inspired by the French Salon, this enchanted evening fuses art, music, wine, and
hors d’oeuvres in celebration of Joslyn’s special exhibition Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color.
Image: Gaston La Touche (French, 1854-1913), The Joyous Festival, ca. 1890-1910, Oil on canvas, 82 ½ x 113 ½ inches. Collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Gift of Mrs. James D. Robinson in Memory of James D. Robinson, 1986.3
At 5:00 pm, the evening will begin with a taste of France in the beautiful Storz Fountain Court. Guests will mingle over French wines and tasty hors d’oeuvres prepared by Cedric Fichepain, Executive Chef and owner of Le Voltaire French Restaurant. Nibbles include verrines and petit fours, Quiche Lorraine and salad, sliced pork tenderloin on buns, and a dessert buffet with fruit and cakes. French-inspired confections from eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato, crafted especially for Renoir to Chagall and imbued with exotic flavors fashionable in 19th century France, such as pink peppercorn, lavender-lemon, and chocolate, are the perfect complement to a sparkling wine.
At 6:00 pm, guests will settle in for an intimate salon-style concert performed by the highly acclaimed vocalist Anne Marie Kenny and pianist Mitch Fuller. Kenny and Fuller will offer ”Une Soirée de Mélodies Françaises” – a program of French Art Songs created by composers and poets of the Impressionist era, including Debussy, Fauré, and Chausson, among others. As you are seated at salon-style tables with wine and hors d’oeuvres at hand, hear beautiful songs of the French composers, who, inspired by Impressionist painting, rejected narrative and drama—ideals championed by the Romantics—in favor of evoking subtleties of mood, atmosphere, and transitory impressions.
Before and after the concert, visitors will be invited to view the special exhibition, Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color, showcasing an extraordinary array of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French masters from the collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.
THIS PROGRAM IS FULL; RESERVATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.
Space is limited and advance reservations are required five days prior to the event. Ticket price per event includes sales tax: $35 Joslyn Members and Alliance Française d'Omaha Members; $50 for the general public. (Price includes hors d’oeuvres, wine samplings, concert, and exhibition viewing). For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
Anne-Marie Kenny, Vocalist,
specializes in French, Italian and American repertoire. She lived overseas for twenty years where she performed at prestigious venues such as the Paris Ritz Hotel, Salle Cortot, and Prague’s Reduta Hall. She has returned to her hometown of Omaha where she continues to delight audiences nationally and internationally in cabaret performances, concerts, private parties, and benefits. In May of this year, she was in Paris and Mougins, France, where she performed a concert of French and American Art Songs. In addition to performing, Anne-Marie teaches singing lessons through her Vocal Performance Studio. For more information, visit Anne Marie's website at http://www.annemariekenny.com/
Mitch Fuller, Pianist,
is an arranger, music director, and accompanist. He also is the official accompanist for Omaha South High School. He has been involved in musical theater all his adult life, with national and regional Broadway shows. Fuller was awarded Best Musical Director at the 2013 Omaha Entertainment Awards.
Cedric Fichepain, Executive Chef and owner of Le Voltaire
was born in France. After more than eleven years in Omaha, “the little corner of France in West Omaha” has become one of the finest dining establishments in town. Le Voltaire received the Wine Spectator Award for its outstanding varieties of French Wine. Le Voltaire and Cedric Fichepain have been featured in local and national publications. The restaurant is a proud member of the Omaha Restaurant Association and has participated in numerous fundraising events in Omaha: Opera Omaha, Chef’s Night Out, Taste of the Nation, VNA Art & Soup, Share Our Strength, Dining out for Life, and United Way. Cedric is a chef instructor at the Culinary Arts Institute. He was also one of the Midland Business Journal’s award winners in 2004 “40 under 40”. Cedric is a Certified Executive Chef from the American Culinary Federation and is opening a French bakery in September 2013.
This program is organized in partnership with Alliance Française d’Omaha.