French Friday: La Fête de la Musique
Date(s) - 06/21/2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mark Markham has spent more than 20 years as the pianist to famed American soprano, Jessye Norman and has earned accolades for his technical virtuosity, improvisatory skills, and unparalleled interpretation of art song, opera, jazz, and solo piano. Together they’ve given nearly 300 performances in over 25 countries, including recitals in Carnegie Hall as well as concerts in Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Vienna, Tokyo, Paris, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tel Aviv, and at the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize presentation to President Jimmy Carter in Oslo.
Much appreciated by the public for his improvisational skills, and his gift for jazz, Markham spent many years residing in France, and has a distinct flair and innate understanding of French music. In 2016, Markham was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from John Hopkins University.
In honor of La Fête de la Musique, Markham will present a talk and performance of French music on Friday, June 21. Guest should arrive between 6:30-7:00pm, and the evening will begin promptly at 7:15pm. This is a preview of a larger concert that is being planned for 2020, so don’t delay and register soon for this special French Friday event that is generously being hosted in the home of AFH members, Peter and Rosanna Hsi at 3869 Pokapahu Place. Space is limited, and registrations will be through the AFH website.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
The menu will be as follows:
1) Wild Caught Salmon Croquettes with Meyer Lemon and Dill Sauce
2) Caprese Salad Skewers
3) Grilled Chicken Skewers with Greek Yogurt and Marinated Red Onion
4) Caramelized Onion and Apple Tarts
5) Butternut Squash Soup Shooters with Fried Sage
6) Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Mousse with Flavored Whipped Cream
7) Sparkling Fresh Strawberry and Maui Lavender Lemonade
Price is $20 members/$25 non-members
Feel free to check out these exciting YouTube clips in preparation for La Fête de la Musique:
Mark Markham’s collaborative partner Jessye Norman is held in very high esteem in France. In 1984, the French government made her a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, and the National Museum of Natural History named an orchid after her. President François Mitterand bestowed the Legion of Honor upon her in 1989 and invited her to sing “La Marseillaise” in Paris for the 200th anniversary of La Fête Nationale: https://youtu.be/O3vGVR770WE
Norman and M. Markham perform a jazz version of Poulenc’s Les Chemins de l’Amour at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland: https://youtu.be/zIGu2hF0t7o
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