A clarinet or two… or eight

The rains are continuing to pour down in Paris this week. Our umbrellas are barely keeping up, the fall sweaters and winter coats are seeing some action, and it’s all comfort food all the time: soup, fondue, duck confit… I feel like I should be out Christmas shopping.

Plenty of rain means finding indoor things to do: how about catching a concert with a clarinet octet? Why not!

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We heard this group at Église Saint-Roch not far from the Louvre, a church  I’ve stopped by to visit a few times. Notice how you can see a sculpture of the nativity as well as one of the crucifixion in another chapel beyond. It’s like foreshadowing in stone!

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We arrived a touch after they started (which was no doubt promptly at 12:30). As we walked to the back of the church, the sound of eight clarinets of various sizes playing together was almost organ-like.

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The free lunchtime concert included pieces by Handel, Mozart, Bartok, and more. A lovely way to spend an hour out of the rain.

 

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