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"Their extensive
knowledge of the field,
the original research
that goes into each
creative program, the
well-wrought program
notes and their smart
from behind
the keyboard all combine
to create a sense of celebratory occasion
at every concert
they give."
—Andante Magazine



Jacques Brel & Charles Trénet:
Fire and Fantasy

Tuesday, February 19, 8pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

Marie Lenormand, mezzo-soprano; Philippe Pierce, tenor; Bill Schimmel, accordion
Greg Utzig, banjo and guitar; Steven Blier, piano

Two of the twentieth century's greatest balladeers, the Belgian-born Jacques Brel and Frenchman Charles Trénet are celebrated with an authentically French flair under the graceful touch of tenor Philippe Pierce, making his NYFOS debut, and mezzo-soprano Marie Lenormand, whom French music magazine Diapason praised as a “distinguished and emotive musician, whose every phrase is a model of simplicity and elegance.” This tour-de-chant includes some of Brel and Trénet’s most famous pieces—Brel's "Ne me quitte pas" and "Madeleine," and Trenet's "Que reste-t-il de nos amours" and "La mer"—along with lesser-known treasures. Joining pianist Steven Blier are virtuoso accordionist Bill Schimmel and Broadway veteran Greg Utzig on banjo and guitar. See the program below.

Performed without intermission
Complimentary wine reception with the artists to follow.

Tickets: $40-55. Purchase online > or call 212.501.3330


To purchase $20 Real Deal tickets:
call the Merkin Box Office at 212.501.3330. Phone orders only.

Additional Tour Performance:

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center presents NYFOS

Jacques Brel and Charles Trénet: Fire and Fantasy

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 8pm

Joseph & Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Tickets: 301.405.ARTS


The Program

Jacques Brel
La valse à mille temps
Les paumés du petit matin
Les bourgeois
Sur la place
La chanson des vieux amants
Ne me quitte pas
Le Diable, ou Ça va

Charles Trénet
J'ai ta main
Vous qui passez sans me voir
Le soleil et la lune
J'ai connu de vous
L'âme des poètes
J'ai mordu dans le fruit de la vie
La mer
Grand-maman, c'est New York

Texts and translations will be provided at the concerts.


All NYFOS programming is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

NYFOS at Merkin Concert Hall and NYFOS Next at DiMenna Center are funded, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.