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from 16 to November 26, 2022
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Le Carnaval des animaux / Fantaisie de la nature

Orchestre de Paris - Ustina Dubitsky Lauréate La Maestra - Florence Andrieu - Nour Ayadi - Kojiro Okada
Family Concert
for ages 6+
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie
Duration: about 1h10



Albert Roussel
Le Festin de l'araignée - ballet
Camille Saint-Saëns
Le Carnaval des animaux
Francis Blanche
Orchestre de Paris
Ustina Dubitsky , Lauréate La Maestra , musical conducting
Florence Andrieu , actoress
Nour Ayadi , piano
Kojiro OKADA , piano
Victoria Duhamel , staging, dramaturge
John Blanch Productions , Images en direct

On stage and on a big screen, this show invites us to follow an excentric professor into a musical observation of nature—exploring the fascinating microcosm of the world of insects with Roussel, and wandering the alleys of a sometimes strikingly human zoo with Saint-Saëns!

This theatrical concert—of two works as enchanting as they are famous—is preceded by preparatory workshops for children and their family. In this suite from his ballet-pantomime, Albert Roussel gives free rein to his inspired and pointillist orchestration, evoking the fate of insects caught in a spider web.

Ants and butterflies inspire astonishing orchestral wonders, with accentuated irony in the most famous zoological fantasy, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. The fourteen pieces in this enchanting musical menagerie range wildly, from the movingly plaintive song of the ‘swan’ to the vehement braying of the donkey, the clumsy sway of the elephant, the almost Ravelian shimmering of the ‘Aquarium’ and, in especially playful satire, the surging scales of the ‘pianists’!



Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie

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Porte de Pantin station
Paris Underground (Métro) Line 5
Tram 3B 


221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris