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Siri Vik
la môme: Piaf 100
Fri, Mar 6, 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
“Ce n’est pas seulement ma voix qui chante, c’est une foule des voix” -- Jacques Prévert ("Cri du Coeur")
“It’s not only my voice which sings, it is a crowd of voices...
In 2010 we premiered our first French chanson show at The Shedd, simply called, La Vie en rose. This evening showcased songs we Americans love dearly, songs that are heavy with nostalgia, emotion, victory, and romance. As I’ve continued to perform these heart-anthems the past four years, time and again, I’ve been struck by how powerfully listeners of our day and age respond to the music--in particular how ardently they love the voice and the memory, the idea, of Edith Piaf.
Like a splash of red paint against a clean white wall, Edith Piaf’s voice leaves a singularly vivid impression--it is the impression the world holds of all of France and its music. Her voice is not only a sound, but a vessel which carries in its strain the echoes of loves, losses, the quiet desperations, the boundless passions, the stories of a people. Her voice has reached through the last century into the 21st with a reverberation and a power to haunt and grip. Like many great artists, Piaf paid a price for her bright star; she carried a burden of sorts, the burden of possessing the voice who sang--who spoke--for every human heart: “It’s not only my voice which sings, it is a crowd of voices...”
Despite her voice or because of it, Piaf was warrior and a tramp. She lived large--dangerously and fearlessly, spiritually; on the edge of all the blessings and tragedies one life could hope to experience in 47 years. We celebrate both her life and her artistry, and the voice which spoke for so many.
With her 100th birthday coming December 2015, we are narrowing our original look at mid-20th century French songs to honor the voice who truly and very literally is the voice of France, the voice of the German occupation of World War II, and the voice of love won and lost. While we will reprise a bit of our original program with some of her greatest hits, the show is new in concept, will include a few more of the greatest of her successors, Charles Aznavour, Michel Legrand and Leo Ferré, and of course will feature the best, most iconic Piaf songs: "Milord", "Hymne a l’amour", "La Foule", "Non, je ne regrette rien", "Padam", "L’Accordeoniste", "Mon Legionnaire" and "La Vie en rose" among many other great chansons.
-- Siri Vik
Event Personnel
Siri Vik, vocals, artistic director
Nathalie Fortin, piano
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Adam Carlson, drums
Dusty Carlson, bass
Nick Hamel, guitar
Scenes & Musical Numbers
Words by Georges Moustaki - Music by Marguerite Monnot
 Cri du coeur
Words by Jacques Prévert - Music by Henri Crolla
 Les Filles qui la nuit
Words by Jean Boyer - Music by Léo Lelièvre, Maurice Aubret
 Le Tango Stupéfiant
Words by Phillipe Olive, Henry Cor - Music by Ralph Carcel
 Mon légionnaire
Words by Raymond Asso - Music by Marguerite Monnot
Words & music by Michel Emer
 Mon manège à moi
Words by Jean Constantin - Music by Norbert Glanzberg
 Les Feuilles Mortes
(1945) Les Portes de la nuit
Words by Jacques Prévert (fr) - Music by Joseph Kosma
 Padam Padam
Words by Henri Contet - Music by Norbert Glanzberg
 Hymne à l'amour
Words by Édith Piaf - Music by Marguerite Monnot
Words & music by Wayne Shanklin
 Tous les visages de l'amour
Words by Herbert Kretzmer - Music by Charles Aznavour
 Les Moulins de mon cœur
Words by Eddy Marnay (fr), Alan Bergman (en), Marilyn Bergman (en) - Music by Michel Legrand
 C’est extra
Words & music by Léo Ferré
 Dis quand reviendras-tu?
Words & music by Monique Serf
Words & music by Jacques Brel
 La Foule
Words by Michel Rivgauche - Music by Ángel Cabral
 La Vie en rose
Words by Édith Piaf, Mack David - Music by Louiguy
 Non, je ne regrette rien
Words by Michel Vaucaire - Music by Charles Dumont
Words by Georges Moustaki - Music by Marguerite Monnot
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Raymond Asso, 1901-1968
Maurice Aubret, -
Charles Aznavour, 1924-
Alan Bergman, -
Marilyn Bergman, -
Jean Boyer, 1901-1965
Jacques Brel, 1929-1978
Ángel Cabral, -
Ralph Carcel, -
Jean Constantin, 1928-2010
Henri Contet, 1904-1998
Henry Cor, -
Henri Crolla, 1920-1960
Mack David, 1912-1993
Charles Dumont, -
Michel Emer, 1906-1984
Léo Ferré, 1916-1993
Norbert Glanzberg, 1910-2001
Joseph Kosma, 1905-1969
Herbert Kretzmer, 1925-
Michel Legrand, 1932-2019
Léo Lelièvre, 1872-1956
Louiguy, 1916-1991
Eddy Marnay, 1920-2003
Marguerite Monnot, 1903-1961
Georges Moustaki, 1934-2013
Phillipe Olive, -
Édith Piaf, 1915-1963
Jacques Prévert, 1900-1977
Michel Rivgauche, -
Monique Serf, 1930-1997
Wayne Shanklin, 1916-1970
Michel Vaucaire, -
Associate Events
Friday Mar 6
6:00 pmPre-show Dinner
Ticket/Venue Info
la môme: Piaf 100 Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
Gold36.00  32.50  30.75  29.00  18.00 
A30.00  27.00  25.50  24.00  15.00 
B26.00  23.50  22.25  21.00  13.00 
C22.00  20.00  18.75  17.75  11.00 
O18.00  16.25  15.50  14.50  9.00 
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