Each year, the Cultural Center programs exceptional concerts with leading musicians from a variety of backgrounds in our auditorium. Come and enjoy the music of world-renowned artists. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (212) 369 3820. Reservations are required.
Two voices from Francophonie ! Marie-Jo Thério and Gino Sitson
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7pm
LFNY Students: FREE
A cocktail reception will happen from 6 to 7 with Wine and Cheese ! Come and join us !
Two Francophone artists, Gino Sitson from Cameroon and Acadian-born Marie-Jo Thério from Montreal will unite their talent to celebrate the month of La Francophonie in a unique concert at the Lycée Français in New York. Each artist will perform (about 45 minutes each), then will unite their melodies for a final and colorful moment.
Alone on stage, Marie-Jo Thério will perform songs in French from her own repertoire, accompanying herself on the piano and a new instrument, Ondomo, invented by Naoyuki Omo (from Asaden), a small instrument with keys and 4 octaves visible. After a few minutes of intermission, Gino Sitson (voice, body percussion & compositions) will be playing with his band: Jody Redhage on cello & voice, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin on viola, Mike McGinnis on clarinet & voice. An exciting and energetic combination of new sounds, where percussive grooves and enchanting vocals are intertwined with lyrical melodies.
About Gino Sitson
Award-winning, New York-based vocal virtuoso Gino Sitson is a French-American originally from the Bamileke region of Cameroon, Central Africa. His daring musical project combines in a most innovative way jazz, gospel, blues and traditional African polyphonies, poly rhythms and melodies. Through his seamless four- octave range, Sitson travels from a soulful, resonantly masculine tenor with woodwind-like overtones to a high-soaring, nearly genderless spiritual wail, a feat that recalls Brazil’s Milton Nascimento, another deep-rooted yet restlessly protean, jazz-inflected shape-changer. He has laid down tracks or shared the stage with Manu Dibango, Bobby McFerrin, Youssou NDour, La Compagnie Créole, among others. Gino Sitson has just been appointed as UNICEF CAMEROON Goodwill Ambassador.
“An extraordinarily pliable voice in settings rich with melody, emotion and rhythm…always fascinating.”
Don Heckman - Los Angeles Times
About Marie-Jo Thério:
Acadian-born singer-songwriter Marie-Jo Thério led an original career, punctuated by the creation of five albums. A multi-faceted artist, she has performed at the theater, in musicals, in movies, and has performed all over the world. Her musical show “We all have a Lydia Lee”, inspired by the double album “Chasing Lydie (2011)” was presented recently at the Théâtre de Quat’Sous (Montreal) with a cast of 15 actors-musicians-singers. Marie-Jo lives between Montreal, Moncton and a small village in Costa Rica.
«With a musical vision as clear as a rushing river, as sweeping as desert vista, she transports the listener.. »
FrancoFolies de Montréal
Concert organized in partnership with the International Organization of La Francophonie
French Music: Piaf! The Show - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 7pm
LFNY Students: FREE
Running time: 105 minutes
Before an appearance at Carnegie Hall in January, Piaf! The Show will premiere in New York at the LFNY Cultural Center. The show stages the poignant story of the life and career of Edith Piaf, narrated through many of the timeless songs she wrote about her life. These classics have since shaped the musical and cultural landscape of France and beyond, resonating to this day in the hearts of people from all nations.
The audience is transported on an emotional journey through her life in the streets of Montmartre during the time of “La Vie en Rose”. Staged with highly evocative, unpublished images of Edith Piaf’s life, The Show features Anne Carrère in the role of Piaf, accompanied by musicians on piano, percussion, accordion, and double bass.
World Music A Captivating Voice from Tunisia: Emel Mathlouthi
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 7pm
LFNY Students: FREE
A strident songstress whose intensity is cloaked in melliflous vocals, Emel Mathlouthi is also known for her role as a leading artist in the Arab Spring. Born in Tunis, she was shunned from her country’s official airwaves but rose to prominence through social media. She released her first album, Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) in 2012, garnering praise from critics and fans for her powerful vocals laid over a unique mix of North African rhythms and modern electronic beats. Her 2015 was prolific, including work on a new album with producer Vakguir Siggurdson and culminating with her solo performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Called one of the top fifteen acts of 2015 by popmatters, Emel Mathlouthi is a unique artist with a powerful message and a voice beyond comparison.
We thank New York Live Arts festival for helping us promote this concert (http://newyorklivearts.org/liveideas/) which is part of the official program of the Month of Francophonie.
Jazz From Gypsy Swing to Jazz Vocal: Cyrille Aimée
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7pm
LFNY Students: FREE
Cyrille Aimée is a based in Brooklyn French jazz singer known for rhythmic songs with roots in jazz and gypsy styles. She won the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition in 2007, was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010, and won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition in 2012. She grew up in the French town of Samois-sur-Seine, in Fontainebleau (France). Her father was French and her mother from the Dominican Republic. New York Times music reviewer Stephen Holden described Aimée as a blend of Michael Jackson and Sarah Vaughan.
Classical: The Devil’s Violin
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7pm
LFNY Students: FREE
Running time: 75 minutes
Two young French wonders of classical music, pianist Hélène Tysman and violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft will play works by Tartini, Janacek, Chausson, Hersant and Saint-Saens.
School Musical Guys & Dolls
Thursday and Friday, May 7 & 8, 2015 - 7pm
In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game. Come see our students interpreting this famous musical from the 50s!
Classical Mélodies Françaises with Philip Lasser and Remy Yulzari
Tuesday February 24, 2015 - 7pm
LFNY Students : FREE
In this instrumental concert, French Double bassist and composer Remy Yulzari and American-born pianist and Francophile, parent at the Lycee and faculty member at Juilliard, Philip Lasser, play famous French tunes from “Apres un Reve” by Romain Bussine set to music by Gabriel Fauré (1878) to the Hymne à l’amour (Edith Piaf/Marguerite Monnot) (1949) or *Ne me quitte pas” by Jacques Brel (1959).
Flamenco Embrujà with Leilah Broukhim
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7pm
This flamenco dancer and LFNY alumna was born in New York of Sephardic Iranian parents. She lives in Spain where she has performed in the principal tablaos of the country..
Classical Thomas Enhco and Vassilena Serafimova
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7pm
The young French pianist Thomas Enhco and the equally young Bulgarian Vassilena Serafimova percussionist who played on a marimba, this instrument the size of a piano mix of African balafon and pre-Columbian instruments according to Wikipedia will perform Mozart, Bach and Mendelssohn and two compositions of Thomas, Chick Corea and Piazzolla.
World Music - Francis Cabrel
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 7pm Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7pm
Francis Cabrel “Alone On Stage”.
Famous French singer and composer Francis Cabrel, alone on stage with his precious guitars, will sing songs from his repertoire.
General admission. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Jazz - Cecile McLorin Salvant - SOLD OUT
Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 7pm
Cécile McLorin Salvant, jazz singer of Haitian father and mother from Guadeloupe, studied opera singing in Aix-en-Provence. She gives concerts throughout Europe and the United States. Read a post by the Director of the Cultural Center on Cécile McLorin-Salvant “Grammy or nothing!”
Cultural Center programs are made possible in part through generous donations. If you would like to support the Cultural Center and ensure that it continues to offer outstanding programs, please contact the Development Office at 212-439-3850.