Les Francofolies, the annual music and performance festival, is coming to New York with a tribute to Édith Piaf at the Beacon Theater on September 19. Two more shows will take place at “The Standard” hotel in the East Village as part of their “Standard Sounds” concert series on September 20-21. The concert will mark the 50th anniversary of Piaf’s death. It will feature major French and American performers, backed by a Franco-American orchestra. The evening will be hosted by Charles Aznavour, whose career was launched by Piaf. Some really terrific performers will be there, including Patricia Kaas, Zaz, Madeleine Peyroux, Cœur de Pirate, and Nolwenn Leroy, the new sensation from Brittany.
Francofolies has been around since 1985 in La Rochelle, a town on the west coast. It has grown into one of the premier music festivals with about 100,000 in attendance. There are also “branch” festivals in Belgium and Montréal. Piaf is the perfect honoree for the first edition in New York, as she performed regularly in the city and is one of few French performers to have a truly international career.
There are all sorts of expressions that use the word folie. A good one is à la folie (ah lah fohlee), which means madly, like “Je t’aime à la folie,” which is like saying “I love you like crazy.” If you’d love like crazy to attend this event, don’t wait to get your tickets!
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