French Mélodie 101: The Belle Epoque and
Its Cultural Influences from the Salon to the Dance Hall

featuring Dorothy Maddison, soprano

September 16, 2012 Sunday @ 7 p.m. Recital Hall


French Melodie is born in Paris, France during a period of civil rest known as The Belle Epoque (The good old days). France seeks to overcome the barriers of regional dialects and emancipate its people through French language education. Rebel visual, musical and literary artists strike out against the French Academy’s conservative tastes. They defiantly raise the ultimate weapon, L’art pour l’art (art for art’s sake) against those who think art must serve a moral or didactic purpose. Artistic and political battles are fought in the salon society of Paris, where wealthy aristocratic and socialite families compete to have the brightest and best of the artistic world entertain them to gain power and influence. Don’t miss this evening of song and dance with guest appearances with the Rockingham Ballet Theatre.

Ticket prices: $8–$10. Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
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