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Reynaldo Hahn in a Parisian Salon
Tuesday, March 12
What better way to welcome spring than with a Parisian soirée musicale with music of the very gifted Reynaldo Hahn. Patricia Forelle will bring a re-creation of a typical fin de siècle French salon with chansons, music, and other delightful entertainment.
Reynaldo Hahn was a French-naturalized Venezuelan, best known as a composer. A child prodigy, Reynaldo made his début at the salon of the eccentric Princesse Mathilde, Napoléon's niece, accompanying himself on the piano as he sang arias by Jacques Offenbach.
As a conductor, Hahn specialised in Mozart, conducting the initial performances of the Salzburg Festival when the festival was revived after World War I. He then served as general manager of the Cannes opera house in the 1920s and 30s. For many years he was the influential music critic of the leading Paris daily Le Figaro.
Patricia Forelle is a New York-based costume designer and social historian. She has been twice nominated for period costumes for the Brooklyn Ballet by the New York City Dance Awards. Her costumes have also been featured in Opera Lafayette productions.