My friend Marcel told me about a series of free concerts hosted in Paris by retired American opera singer Rebecca Tepfer and her husband David. The Tepfers invite musicians to play in their studio which holds about 50 people. Reservations are required and at the end of each performance they pass the hat. All donations are given directly to the performers. Each concert ends with a glass of wine or apple juice, allowing the spectators to mingle with the performers and each other.
Last night's concert of piano and flute was delicious. The pieces ranged from the lyrical and well known "Afternoon of a Faun" by Debussy, to a modern, edgy, and haunting piece by Taiwanese composer May-Tchi Chen. It took my breath away.
Virginie Martineau-piano, and Jeanne-Marie Savourat-flute