Le Salon de Musiques

May 19, 2014

Adolph_Menzel_-_Flötenkonzert_Friedrichs_des_Großen_in_Sanssouci_-_Google_Art_ProjectAn evening of profound music and impressive musicians in an intimate setting where no stage divides the audience from the performers. It’s the season finale for Le Salon de Musiques’ “without walls” chamber music concert series.

Le Salon founder and artistic director François Chouchan welcomes music lovers to come hear the “wonderful and almost unknown” neo-romantic composer Xaver Scharwenka at the last concert of the season on June 1st.

Scharwenka’s Serenade for Violin & Piano and his Piano Trio no. 1 in F Sharp Minor will have their American debut. The rest of the evening’s program will be filled out by Beethoven’s Piano Trio no. 3 in C Minor and several short lyrical pieces—Meditation, Spring Song & Elegy for Cello & Piano and Russian Valse for Violin, Cello & Paino—by Frank Bridge.

The evening’s performers will be Searmi Park (violin), Antonio Lysy (cello), and François Chouchan (piano).

François Chouchan

François Chouchan

The intimacy of the evening is created not only by the immediacy of the audience to the performers, which is held on the 5th floor of the Dorothy Chandler, but by having ethnomusicologist and doctoral candidate in musicology at UCLA Julius Reder Carlson introduce and explain the upcoming musical selection. Following the program is “La Conversation,” when audience and musicians mingle while sipping French champagne and enjoying a gourmet buffet dinner provided by Patina.

Theodore Bell wrote in CulturespotlaThe Impressario Room on the fifth floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a fine salon. The backdrop was a beautiful window vista of Los Angeles; the Civic Center and the new downtown plazas added a nice ambiance. Dodger Stadium was visible in the distance on that beautiful, clear day. A flock of birds swooped in tight formation across the window at one point as if they were on cue. But the music was so close and immediate that the dynamic quality of the background scene blurred into an uncanny feeling of “home” – and what a fine home it is.

“Chamber music was written for intimate and small venues,” says Chouchan. “Le Salon de Musiques’ goal is to bring together an audience of disparate background. Music lovers who believe that this form of artistry brings out the best in humanity. For these people, this two hour program will provide an unforgettable moment fill with inexplicable beauty…a feast for the senses.”

Le Salon de Musiques Finale
Sunday, June 1st, 4-6 p.m.
Dorothy Chandler, 134 N. Grand Ave., L.A. 90012
Tickets:  $65, general; $39, students
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Le Salon de Musique: French history…

Initiated and amplified by Marie Antoinette during the years 1780 the BELVEDERE or SALON DE MUSIQUE was erected on an artificial islet at the PETIT TRIANON DOMAIN within the vast gardens of the CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES.

The unique intimacy of this place exemplified the eclecticism and refinement of the Queen and revealed her embrace of an “Art de Vivre” founded on a freedom of thought inspired by the Enlightenment. Succeeding to Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette had the ambition to develop Versailles as a unique place filled with contrasts between baroque and classical, sobriety and extravagance.

By imposing her personal taste at Versailles for the first time and especially through Le Salon de Musique, MARIE ANTOINETTE found a haven of intimacy that allowed her and her court to escape from “Etiquette.”

(Italicized text courtesy of

Marie Antoinette (1788) by Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun

Marie Antoinette (1788) by Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun

1 Response for “Le Salon de Musiques”

  1. Le Salons de Musiques is my favorite venue for classical music. Intimate and friendly, music, conversation, delicious Patina buffet and Francois Chouchan, who makes everyone feel welcome.
    A very special experience, which feels, for its duration, like living in another century–The Gilded Age.



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