Bastille Day in Paris

– “Is this  a revolt?” asked Louis XVI to the Duque of Rochefoucauld, to which he replied:
– “No Sire, this is a revolution.”

One of King Louis XVI’s most trusted counsellor pronounced those ominous words on July 12, 1789. Two days later, the royal fortress of Bastille — a symbol of despotism — was attacked.   The tide of patriotic fervour led to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.  “Men are born free and remain free and equal in rights.” Every year, since 1880, Bastille Day has been celebrated throughout the Republic of France and this year’s festivities will be led by Joyce DiDonato and Julie Fuchs in Le Concert de Paris at the Champ de Mars, next to the Eiffel Tower, with the Orchestre National de France under Daniele Gatti.  The concert will include a new arrangement of “Somewhere over the rainbow” written for the occasion by Chris Hazell and will culminate with the French national anthem and fireworks at the Eiffel tower.

For full details of the concert, please click here.

Allons enfants de la patrie (Let’s go children of the fatherland)… it is time to celebrate!

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