White Night - Nuit Blanche 2019 in Paris: a night of chamber music at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris

Published by Elodie D. · Photos by Julie M. · Published on 20 September 2019 at 10h30 · Updated on 20 September 2019 at 11h26
For the White Night 2019, the Musée de l’Orangerie will remain open for free and host chamber music concerts. On Saturday October 5, 2019, come to the Water Lilies room and enjoy this free event!

You've never visited the Musée de l'Orangerie? Head there for the White Night 2019, it's magic!

Housing Monet's legendary Water Lilies, this museum offers for the event a Quartet Night: a night devoted to chamber music. Think a bit, a concert performed at nightfall in the crepuscular mood given to Monet's paintings in the oval rooms.

On Saturday October 5, 2019 from 7 p.m., the Grands Quatuors will perform chamber music pieces in this magnificent room, surrounded by 100 people per hour. No prior booking, you'll have to come early for each session.

White Night 2019 at the Musée de l'Orangerie - program:

  • 7 p.m.: Debussy, String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (1893) by Quatuor Agathe

  • 8 p.m.: Mendelssohn, String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 (1847) then creation by Quatuor Harold, accompanied by Megumi Okuda (student at the CNSMDP), then Quatuor Piatti

  • 9 p.m.: Bartók, String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17 (1917) by Quatuor Elmire

  • 10 p.m.: Beethoven, String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 (1826) by Reimann, 7 Bagatellen (2017) by Quatuor Kuss

  • 11 p.m.: Zemlinksy, String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 15 (1914) by Quatuor Arod

  • Midnight: Ligeti, Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes" (1954), then StutterShunt, creation by Tom Bierton (student at the CNSMDP) by Quatuor Yako

  • 1 a.m.: Dvořák, Quartet No. 12 in F major, "American" (1893) by Quatuor Mona

  • 2 a.m.: Bartók, Quartet No. 3 in C-sharp minor (1927) and Filippos Skagian (student at the CNSMDP), Pièce Nouvelle (2019) by Quatuor Cheng

  • 3 a.m.: Scelsi, String Quartet No. 4 (1964), then Xenakis "Tetras" (1983) by Quatuor Maurice

  • 4 a.m.: Boisgallais, String Quartet (2019) co-order ProQuartet and Radio France, then Beethoven Great Fugue in in B-flat major, Op. 133 (1825) by Quatuor Tchalik

Note that the other rooms of the Musée de l'Orangerie are being renovated until March 31, 2020 and you won't be able to discover the 150 works of the permanent collection. A bit of a shame especially when we know we could have seen A Lunch on the Grass by Cézanne, Young Girls at the piano by Renoir, Woman with Velvet ribbon by Modigliani, Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel by Marie Laurencin and Large Bather by Picasso.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 5 October 2019
From 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.



    Jardin Tuileries
    75001 Paris 1

    M° Concorde


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