The Marseillaise will resound again in Central Park on July 14. Like last year, the Consulate General of France in New York is organizing a big party on July 14 in the heart of Manhattan to celebrate the French national holiday. The French consul Jérémie Robert promises that “he will be even better this year!“He said, ‘HeIt’s a unique place, the best place to celebrate France in New York and illustrate the strength of France’s relationship with New York. After the success of last year, we wanted to renew the experience and go even further with more people, more artists and of course a free evening open to all..”
Start with a bang
The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with the Lafayette Cadets group led by Jacques LeTalon and after a few words from the Consul and Gérard Epelbaum, President of the Committee of French and Francophone Associations of New York (CAFUSA), singer Marie Viapiano will perform, as she did the French and American national anthems last year.
At 6:30 p.m., violinists Virgil Boutellis and Daniel Rafimayeri and oboist Adam Leites will (re)introduce pieces from the French classical repertoire to the public to accompany the performance of contemporary New York dancer FlexN Cal Hunt and hip hop dancer Jai’Quin Coleman .
Molière in the park
July 14 will also celebrate Molière’s 400th birthday – the Frenchman playwright – birth this year. At 7 p.m., the Molière dans le parc company – which has been performing pieces by Molière in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park throughout May – will perform an excerpt from Sganarelle or the imaginary Cuckold. “It’s great to have Molière in English, with American actors! They are extraordinary, it will be an important moment,enthuses Jérémie Robert.
Jazz, disco, electro
The theater troupe will then hand over the stage to jazz singer, China Moses. The Californian singer, daughter of Del Dee Bridgewater, will perform classics such as “La Vie En Rose”, “La Javanaise” and “J’ai Deux Amours”.
At 8:30 p.m., the French electro-pop singer DeLaurentis, present in New York for the occasion, will perform several songs from her new album “Unica” as well as adaptations of classics by Piaf, Gainsbourg and Christophe. Dancer Cal Hunt will choreograph Ravel’s famous Bolero revisited by DeLaurentis.
Finally, we will dance with DJ Joachim Garraud, acclaimed electro music producer. “He will set the stage on fire with 100% French disco. promises the Consul. “The artists will perform the most important pieces in the history of French music: classical, jazz, disco, electro… They will add a New York touch! They will make France shine by showing New Yorkers the great musical heritage of France.
During the evening, the winners of the lottery organized by the Consulate will be announced. To enter the contest, click here. The first prize is two return tickets to France with La Compagnie, the All-Business-Class airline; the second prize is a double magnum of Château d’Esclans 2019 (3L); and the third prize is a $200 voucher for a meal concocted by chef Pascal at the Bistro Vendôme restaurant.
See you on July 14 at Rumsey Plaifield, 69th Street & 5th Avenue from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free, on a first-come, first-served basis!
Happy July 14!