This Weekend: Paris Jazz Festival and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at La Sainte Chapelle

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at La Sainte Chapelle – Wonderful music and a splendid atmosphere in Sainte Chapelle, one the most beautiful churches in Paris.

It looks like a rainy weekend upcoming for our arrival in Paris. Undaunted by the forecast, we are planning Saturday at beautiful Park Floral for the Paris Jazz Festival. We will picnic on the very same rolling hills where Napoleon Bonaparte trained his soldiers, while listening to some of Europe’s best jazz musicians (err… that’s me listening to jazz, not Napoleon’s soldiers.)


Sunday, we’re very much looking forward to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons being performed at La Sainte Chapelle. I much prefer Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Alt-Vivaldi’s Climate Changed Two Seasons. Even without the violins and cellos, Sainte Chapelle will be exciting to behold. I’m told, this chapel has been the home of numerous Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns, acquired by Saint Louis. Imagine that!

Speaking of Christian relics –  Bonjour to my Aunt Mary down in Dunedin Florida. I love you. Keep walking every day, and stop watching Fox News.

à bientôt., Mike.


Philharmonique de Marseille avec le James Brown de Musique Classique

Last night we saw the Philharmonique De Marseille perform a concert of Bernstein/Gershwin in an outdoor venue that would rival anything you might see on “Game of Thrones,” and featuring a conductor that is the “James Brown de Musique Classique!” It was one of the best concert experiences I’ve ever had. And the gorgeous terra cotta half moon shining above was God’s opening act and encore. This video shows the hardest working maestro in show business doing his thing, leading the Philharminic de Marseille.



Paris Jazz Festival at Parc Floral

What a great time we had at beautiful Park Floral in Paris, attending this weekend’s installment of the ongoing summer Paris Jazz Festival. Linda and I sat in amazement listening to Renaud Garcia-Fons on 5 string bass and David Peña Dorantes on piano.

The collaborative “Mar y Rayo” was performed beautifully to close the evening. Below hear the song on YouTube and a portion of the excitement captured by my iPhone.

Parc Floral, Paris
Parc Floral, Paris

Paris Parc Floral was nearly as wonderful an experience as the music. The park is part of the Bois de Vincennes. There’s beautiful walking paths, gardens, and of course the shaded outdoor concert stage, the Delta, which faces a lake. I may well have been sitting in the same grounds where Napolean Bonaparte trained his soldiers. I hope I was sitting in the same spot where someone deserted!