World Music Day 2018 at the Philharmonie de Paris

For World Music Day 2018, on Thursday June 21, the Philharmonie de Paris will offer you two performance-concerts, a vocal concert and a symphonic concert.

The Philharmonie de Paris is also celebrating its 37th edition of World Music Day

On Thursday June 21, 2018, the classical venue hosts two performance-concerts, a vocal concert and a symphonic concert.

Performance concert: AL MUSIQA CELEBRATION
Exhibition area – Philharmonie, 6:30 p.m.

The Al Musiqa exhibition exceptionally opens from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., artists host the exhibition areas with readings, choreographies and music moments.

  • The “Suspendues” [the Suspended Ones] by Darina Al Joundi, actress
    An immersion to the heart of a jewel from the pre-Islamic poetry with the reading in Arabic and in French of abstracts from mu’allaqat by Imrou’l Qays, Tarafa as well as by female poet Al-Khansa. Mu’allaqat, literally meaning the “Suspended Ones”, would have been, according to the legend, embroidered in golden letters and hung on the or in the Ka’ba at Mecca.

  • Daïra by Smail Kanouté, choreographer, dancer
    In the course of his choreography inspired by the tradition of sufism, the dancer symbolically marks a protective circle inside which he will call in his ancestors and take the original life up again.

  • Improvisation by Jean-Paul Mehansio, choreographer, dancer
    Jean-Paul Mehansio improvises a choreography in the heart of Miguel Chevalier’s work: Arabesques numériques [Digital arabesques]. Under his feet move different geometrical patterns in reference to the zelliges, arabesques, mosaics and mashrabiyas. The performance enhances a free body thrilled by Dhafer Youssef’s and Bachar Mar Khalifé’s music.

  • Orient-Occident by Stéphane Tsapis, pianist
    Compositions from Le Piano Oriental show based on Zeine Abirached’s graphic novel. A music at the crossroad between jazz and traditional music from the Mediterranean Rim, with a “bilingual” piano able to play oriental or occidental music.

Free admission within the limit of the number of places available.

Musée de la Musique – Cité de la Musique, 7 p.m.

Close your eyes and listen to the music… Does your look change your ear? Are you sure of what you’re listening to?
Come and experience another approach of concert with odd and rare instruments! In partnership with the Collegium Musicae, two “musician and scientific” partners talk about the questions of perception, acoustic and organology in a fun and original way by showing us that the sound made by an instrument isn’t always the outcome of its shape.

  • Wet hands
    At 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Espace XVIII – 30-minute long
    With musician Thomas Bloch and Sorbonne University associate professor Henri Boutin

  • Strings
    At 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Espace XIX – 30-minute long
    With musician Jérémie Maillard and head of Musée de la Musique lab Stéphane Vaiedelich

During this free night, free visit of the Museum permanent collection.

Vocal concert: SONGS FROM FRANCE
Salles des Concerts, 8:30 p.m.

Orchestre de Paris Choir – Lionel Sow – Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel…

  • Works by Francis Poulenc, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel…
  • Orchestre de Paris Choir
  • Choir conductor Lionel Sow

At the Renaissance, many popular songs had been adorned with wonderful polyphonies; at the same time, texts of an incredible poetic finesse served as inspiration to these spirited songs. This is the tradition Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc drew out, sometimes by quoting real songs, sometimes inventing them.

Free admission within the limit of the number of places available.

Symphonic concert: ¡FIESTA!
Grande Salle Pierre Boulez – Philharmonie, 8:30 p.m.

Pau Pays de Béarn orchestra – Fayçal Karoui – Lucero Tena – De Falla, Bizet…

• Manuel de Falla
Danza Española n° 1

• Gerónimo Giménez
El baile de Luis Alonso

• Amadeo Vives
Fandango de Doña Francisquita

• Gerónimo Giménez
La boda de Luis Alonso

• Georges Bizet
Ouverture extrait de Carmen

• Alberto Ginastera

• Arturo Márquez
Danzón n°2

• Emmanuel Chabrier

• Maurice Ravel

• Silvestre Revueltas
La Noche de los Mayas, suite orchestrale

• Pau Pays de Béarn Orchestra
• Fayçal Karoui, conductor
• Lucero Tena, castanets

Castanets master, Mexican Lucero Tena set fire to the Nantes Folle Journée audience back in 2013. Between her fingers, the two wooden or ivory shells we knock together go from the folkloric prop rank to the real music instrument used in concert rank. Rarely used in the occidental symphonic tradition, they are very needed as soon as the festive orchestra adorns Spanish colors.

Free admission within the limit of the number of places available.

For even more tips and outing ideas, take a look at our selection for Make Music Day 2018:



Caroline J.
Last updated on 30 April 2018

Practical information

Opening Time
On 21 June 2018
Starts at 6 p.m.



    221 Avenue Jean Jaurès
    75019 Paris 19

    Métro ligne 5 station "Porte de Pantin"


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