Together with Notre-Dame de Paris
April 26, 2019
The French-American Cultural Foundation in conjunction with the Embassy of France in the United States, Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception, the Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, and Jefferson Hotel came together to organize a free concert. Celebrating the spiritual and cultural significance of Notre-Dame de Paris and hope for its future after the tragic fire, this unique concert, held in the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception, featured Johann Vexo, organist at Notre-Dame de Paris.
The response from Washingtonians was overwhelming, proving the significance of Notre-Dame to peoples far beyond the shores of France. Concert goers, an estimated 2500 of them, were treated to an evening of beautiful music the highlight being Johann Vexo.
You can see pictures from the event on the Embassy’s Flickr account.
The concert received a great deal of press coverage, including a mention of the event and the French-American Cultural Foundation in famous French newspaper Le Monde, that can only raise the profile of this important fundraising appeal:
NBC Washington: Notre Dame Cathedral Organist to Play Benefit Concert in DC
Catholic Herald: Benefit Concert for Notre Dame at Basilica in Washington
It is still possible to support fundraising efforts for the rebuilding of Notre-Dame through these organizations:
Friends of Notre Dame: You can donate online using a credit card or PayPal, or by sending a check in the mail.
La Fondation du patrimoine: The French Heritage Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations online via credit card to contribute to rebuilding the cathedral.
JAZZ MEETS FRANCE Concert
November 15, 2017
The French-American Cultural Foundation was honored to host “JAZZ MEETS FRANCE” on November 15th at the Lisner Auditorium, a concert celebrating the lives and music of the WW1 jazzmen-soldiers, the Harlem Hell Fighters.
The evening was launched with a video welcome from the Concert’s Honorary Chairman, Wynton Marsalis, followed by Ambassador Louise Oliver. Dr. David Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, served as the Master of Ceremonies, telling the story of WW1 and the contributions of the African-American troops who were sent to France to fight, bringing with them America’s unique sound of jazz. The evening’s music provided by the US Air Force’s “Airmen of Note”, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Michael Weiss Trio Plus One, and France’s Master of Jazz Guitar, Christian Escoudé. They brought the early sounds of jazz developed by the Harlem Hell Fighter’s bandleader, James Reese Europe, as well as the jazz standards they created to an appreciative audience. We are also grateful to Gene Alexander Peters, who brought his rare collection of WW1 and James Reese Europe memorabilia to help educate a new generation about the Harlem Hell Fighters and the important role they played in the development of jazz and in connection with the advancement of civil rights in the United States.