The French Boys Choir
The concert, which included music of the 16th century, Handel’s “Hallelujah,” Gounod’s “Ava Maria” and works from French folklores, began at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7th.
The choir is comprised of 20 boys between the ages of 10 to 18, the group has been singing and traveling in France and all over the world for 65 years.
Conducted by François Olivier, who is also the Titular of the Choir Organ at the St. Eustache at Paris, the choir gives young boys a special life experience through singing and group life.
Traveling in various countries also gives them the opportunity to discover different cultures. While on the road, their time is spent performing concerts, taping television shows,
taking singing lessons, touring foreign locales and participating in the liturgy.
The St Augustine Chamber Singers presented a concert on Sept 29 at 7:00pm at the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine.
The concert, entitled, “A Patchwork Quilt of American Music” traced the arrival of unique music expressions to the shores of America as immigrants from many countries brought their music with them. The program began with Native American songs, followed by songs of people arriving from England, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Africa, Cuba, Israel and the Middle East.
The Chamber Singers were joined by instrumentalists Susan McGee, French horn and Caren Umbarger, violin. Several members of the St. Augustine Youth Chorus performed body percussion; percussion players from Jacksonville University played a multitude of instruments including congas, slit drums and drum set.
The 28-voice Chamber Singers group was directed by Kathleeen Vande Berg. The collaborating accompanist was Barbara Mattingly.
The concert was free.
The Music Department of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine had The French Boys Choir give a concert at the Cathedral Basilica last Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.
The French Boys Choir, known in French as “les Petits Chanteurs de Nogent-sur-Marne”, formerly called Les Moineaux du Val-de-Marne, have been singing and traveling in France and all over the world for 60 years.
They regularly give concerts of the repertoire (Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, etc.) in prestigious places, and also sing for humanitarian causes.
Les Petits Chanteurs de Nogent-sur-Marne has been on tour in the United States (Florida) this October. This will be the second appearance of the French Boys Choir in St. Augustine. The concert is open to the public and a donation of $5.00 per person was accepted at the door. They offered music of the sixteenth century and the well known Ave Verum from Mozart, Ave Maria from Schubert, as well as music pieces of the French folklore.
This choir of 25 passionate boys, from 8 to 20 years old, was conducted by François Olivier.