History buffs, art and music lovers, and Francophiles will all enjoy this fascinating author talk highlighted by music!
Winnaretta Singer de Polignac was one of the most prolific philanthropists of the 20th century. Using her colossal Singer sewing-machine fortune, she subsidized musicians and organizations, commissioned new musical masterworks, and held performances in her Parisian salon where cultural luminaries like Proust, Cocteau, Monet, Diaghilev, and Colette gathered. The resulting list of works includes well-known titles like Stravinsky's Renard, Satie's Socrate, Falla's El Retablo de Maese Pedro, and Poulenc's Two-Piano and Organ Concertos.
Author Sylvia Kahan (Music’s Modern Muse) will share her research on this extravagant lover of the arts, punctuating her talk with piano pieces performed in Winnaretta’s salon.
Performances will include Edmond de Polignac: Rêverie; Gabriel Fauré: Impromptu in F minor, Op. 31, no. 2; Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte (dedicated to Winnaretta); and Claude Debussy: L’Isle joyeuse.
This event is in English and will be followed by a reception with complimentary refreshments. Books in French and English will be available for purchase.