Poster for Festival Marin Marais 2014
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Concert Festival Marin Marais 2014 Has Begun

Poster for Festival Marin Marais 2014Festival Marin Marais 2014
Every year the Festival Marin Marais, first held in 2006, celebrates the birthday of the musician and composer, Marin Marais. Marais played in the court of Louis XIV , the Sun King, for forty years.

This year eighteen Baroque concerts will be performedbetween September 27 and November 9 at three different venues for one price: ten euros. The musicians work for donations and the venues are the church Temple du Foyer de l’Ame (near Place de la Bastille), in the Lycée Henri IV chapel near the Saint-Etienne du Mont church (Marais was inspired to write his celebrated Sonnerie of Sainte Geneviève du Mont) and the intimate cellar of 38Riv’.

How the festival works
The first time you go, fill out the registration sheet and pay a one-time fee of ten euros. The registrar will give you a membership card. Show this card at each concert. The program costs three euros, covers each concert date, the music, the musician biographies, history of the music and is in French.

The festival for 2014 began September 27 at the Temple du Foyer de l’Âme where we listened to the Ensemble Marin Marais. Instruments used in the Renaissance and Baroque periods (1600-1700s) and might include a viola de gamba (decorative head), harpsichord, varieties of flutes, theorbo,violoncello, violin, lute, cittern (cistre), natural trumpet, etc. Donations for the musicians are always welcomed by two ushers holding baskets, or baskets set on the tables.

This season’s music includes well-known composers: Purcell, Couperin, Jacquet de la Guerre and the less well-known: Hume, Scheidt, Jean-Ferry Rebel and Grandval.

Temple du Foyer de l’Âme
7 rue du Pasteur Wagner, Paris 11th
Metro: Bastille

Chapelle du Lycée Henri IV
23 rue Clovis, Paris 5th
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine

Cave du 38Riv’  (due to limited space, reservations are advised)
Follow the arrows (fleches) in their “Visite” option  to see why the space is limited
38 rue de Rivoli, Paris 4th
Metro: Hôtel de Ville
Email reservation: reservation at 38riv dot com

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Courtyard of Lycée Henri IV (near Pantheon)

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