ABS will collaborate with Alliance Française de San Francisco in three exciting, French-themed programs this month leading up to the ABS Festival & Academy “Versailles & The Parisian Baroque” (August 7-16). We hope to see you at the Alliance Française (1345 Bush Street, San Francisco) for this pre-Festival celebration of French culture, cinema, and music. Save the dates and arrive early to get a good seat!
July 21, 7:00 pm: Movie Night: Molière (Laurent Tirard, 2007). In the tradition of the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love, this delightful French portrait of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a.k.a. Molière, shows the man as both artist and lovable rascal.
July 28, 7:00 pm: Movie Night: Ridicule (Patrice Leconte, 1996). A way with words and a quick wit are necessary to navigate the court of Louis XVI in this critically acclaimed tale.
July 31, 7:00 pm: Pre-Festival Lecture: Robert Mealy. Using illustrations and music examples, violinist and ABS Academy Faculty member Robert Mealy will explore the theme of the ABS Festival, Versailles & The Parisian Baroque. A renowned authority on the music of the period, Mealy is well-known to ABS concertgoers for his stellar performances and engaging pre-concert lectures. You won’t want to miss this: Mr. Mealy’s lecture which will surely be an ideal preparation for the ABS Festival & Academy, opening a week later on August 7 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
All events will take place in the theater of the Alliance Française. Both films and the lecture are free and open to the public; donations to the Alliance Française are appreciated. Read more about the collaboration with AFdSF here.