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Wednesday, February 20th | 6:00pm-7:30pm | A Modern History of French Song: From Piaf to Oldelaf!

Wednesday, February 20th | 6:00pm-7:30pm | A Modern History of French Song: From Piaf to Oldelaf!


Every song is the reflection of a society, its culture, its history and its politics. In this class, we will cover an overview of the greatest French voices of the 20th and 21st centuries –Edith Piaf was not the only one! We will discuss the most politically or socially engaged songs, their multicultural influences, and overarching historical trends. Join us for this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their lyrics in French and learn more about the story or artist behind them. Shedding light on your favorite tunes will allow you to enjoy the cultural richness of France. From the last past 60 years to our current day, French songs will have no secrets for you!

This class will take place at University Gallery at RIT, located at 166 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623. 

Parking Info: After 5pm, all general, reserved, and visitor parking spots are open to the public in Lot E and Lot F. Park and walk through the breezeway to the right of the large orange MAGIC building, taking the doors to the right into Booth Hall. University Gallery is at the end of the hallway.

About the teacher:
Chloé Guillot Elouard is a French novelist, a teacher and the proud director of the Alliance Française of Rochester. In France, she studied Arts, Litterature, and Linguistics, and loved participating in live entertainment festivals, including Hop Hop Hop and Vice & Versa. She strongly believes language and culture go together. That’s why, through the years, she built a Theater Company, Bardes à papa, a play on words that combines cotton candy with troubador acting. Her favorite self-authored play was a fairy tale parody of Oedipus that included a barbecue and a criminally-inclined green mouse. She has also written and published novels, in addition to working as an assistant producer and a journalist. Above all, when exploring a new topic, Chloé Guillot Elouard asks herself: "What will I find here that I wasn’t expecting?"

For details about our refund and class cancellation policy, visit our FAQs.