From the Bay of Naples to that of…

Arcachon!

Being in love with architecture, I have particularly enjoyed the Bay of Arcachon. What a joy however to discover that totally unexpected chapel, a tad off the village of L’Herbe in Cap-Ferret last summer!

Before I knew it was called Sainte-Marie-du-Cap, to me it was “la chapelle algérienne”. A heart-stopper.

Being in May and the chapel being dedicated to Our Lady, I offered to honour both her and architecture with an Ave Maria concert. Thank you to Paroisse Cap-Ferret-Sud-Médoc for making it possible.

See you on Cap-Ferret 🙂

Friday 10 May 2024
5:00 pm
in the Sainte-Marie-du-Cap chapel
in L’Herbe (Lège-Cap-Ferret)
SINGALONG CONCERT OF AVE MARIAS

(my bike during the summer 2023)

Marie-Hélène Cussac chante un concert d'Ave Maria à la Chapelle algérienne, Sainte-Marie-du-Cap à Lege-Cap-Ferret

Marie in Napoli

Marie-Helene Cussac concert à Napoli Naples

Off it goes to Napoli !

To celebrate their patron day, San Marco, and the Italian national day, I will sing a concert of Ave Marias in Santa Maria degli Angeli a Pizzofalcone on 24 April at 7:00 pm.

You have known me for a while now and well know that each concert stems from a lovely story…

Last year as I was strolling through Naples by night, what did I catch a glimpse of? The Grotto of Lourdes!

Yes… Not only had I loved that church earlier in the day, next to where I stayed, but what a surprise in the evening to discover, outside, right by the church wall, down some sort of deadend, the Grotto of Lourdes! At night, that shining grotto had me… I immediately decided to come back one day and sing for Our Lady.

If you feel like Italy, like the most beautiful bay in the world, like Naples where words go missing to describe the soul of the place and its inhabitants, get ready :

Wednesday 24 April 2024
7:00 pm
Santa Maria degli Angeli a Pizzofalcone
SINGALONG CONCERT OF AVE MARIAS

Off to my Italian intensive crash course! 🙂

(Photo taken on 18 March 2023 at 9pm)

Marie-Helene Cussac Concert Ave Maria Santa Maria degli Angeli a Pizzofalcone

May 2024 be colourful!

Marie-Helene Cussac Soprano

 

Dear friends,

As usual here I am on January 31st sending you my best wishes for this new year, which for some of us has already shown signs of change(!)

I wish you beautiful new adventures, and one step at a time may a flower bring some colour along the way, together with some music of course.

2023 witnessed strong emotions such as the 10th anniversary of our August concert, Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris… I already have a gazillion projects for 2024, just can’t wait. Be ready 😉

Sincerely yours,
Marie-Hélène

Christmas at Flamant’s

Chantons Noël chez Flamant ParisDear Paris friends, Paris visitors, come discover the most secret and romantic of all Paris squares these 9 & 16 December!

Immediate boarding for Flamant’s magic universe, especially at Christmas. 🙂 More than interior design, an art of living.

We’ll sing Christmas magic together, and the Nutcracker may well have a little story for our younger ones, including a few sweets should they have sung well 😉

Saturday afternoons
9 & 16 December 2023
3:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm
FLAMANT PARIS
Place Furstenberg, Paris VIe

 

Christmas in my mountains

Soprano Marie-Helene Cussac chante Noël - Christmas singalong with Marie-Helene CussacThis year, let’s sing Christmas in Chaudes-Aigues and Aurillac !

Cradle of my grandfather, I am particularly happy to come and sing in Chaudes-Aigues, most famous to you for its hottest spa in Europe (82°!). Best of all, we will gather in Notre-Dame-de-Pitié, a jewel of a church at the entrance of the town. Can’t wait to live this concert by candlelight with you all 🙂

Two days later, I will be on the other side of the mountain, west of Plomb du Cantal, in Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges (Our Lady of the Snows, how inspirational) right in the city centre. There we will welcome a surprise guest singer for a duet. Tadaaa…

I will stick to my free financial participation tradition so all feel welcome. And both concerts are scheduled at 5:00 pm so all generations may join in.

Soprano Marie-Helene Cussac chante Noël - Christmas singalong with Marie-Helene CussacChaudes-Aigues
Notre-Dame-de-Pitié
19 December 2023
5:00 pm

Aurillac
Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges
21 December 2023
5:00 pm

Let’s singalong!

Christmas singalong in Paris!

Marie-Helene Cussac Christmas concert de Noël Saint-Germain-des-PrésWhat better place to celebrate Advent than Paris’s oldest church Saint-Germain-des-Prés? How exciting!

I invite you indeed to a Christmas singalong with family and friends,

Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (métro line 4)
Sunday, December 3rd, 2023

3:00pm
Free participation

While the concert borrows the English tradition of “Singalongs“, I – as usual – wish the concert to be open to all of you and therefore borrow the French tradition of “Concert au Chapeau“, meaning that you are free to join in and free to choose what financial participation you wish to contribute (to the concert expenses). Hence “free participation”.

I will surely sing some arias from famous Haendel’s Messiah, and more 🙂

And you(!) will join in for some carols.
Here are the lyrics:

O Come All Ye Faithful
John Francis Wade (1711-1786)

O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphantO come ye,
o come ye to Bethlehem!O come and behold Him,
born the King of Angels
O come, let us adore Him!O come, let us adore Him!O come, let us adore Him Christ the Lord!

Adeste, fideles,
Laeti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem!
Natum videte,
Regem angelorum

Venite, adoremus!
Venite, adoremus!
Venite, adoramus Dominum!
Venite, adoramus Dominum!

Peuple fidèle, le Seigneur t’appelle :
C’est fête sur Terre, le Christ est né.
Viens à la crèche voir le Roi du monde.

En lui viens reconnaître,
En lui viens reconnaître
En lui viens reconnaître
Ton Dieu, ton Sauveur !

O Holy Night
Adolphe Adam en 1847 sur un poème de Placide Cappeau en 1843

O Holy Night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine!
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine! Oh night divine!

Minuit! Chrétiens, c’est l’heure solennelle
Où l’homme Dieu descendit jusqu’à nous,
Pour effacer la tache originelle
Et de son père arrêter le courroux:
Le monde entier tressaille d’espérance
A cette nuit qui lui donne un sauveur
Peuple, à genoux attends ta délivrance,
Noël! Noël! Voici le Rédempteur!
Noël! Noël! Voici le Rédempteur!

Les anges dans nos campagnes

1. Les anges dans nos campagnes
Ont entonné l’hymne des cieux,
Et l’écho de nos montagnes
Redit ce chant mélodieux :

Gloria in excelsis Deo !
Gloria in excelsis Deo !

2. Bergers, pour qui cette fête ?
Quel est l’objet de tous ces chants ?
Quel vainqueur, quelle conquête
Mérite ces cris triomphants :

3. Ils annoncent la naissance
Du libérateur d’Israël
Et pleins de reconnaissance
Chantent en ce jour solennel :

Congratulations for singing along and please continue to enjoy the magnificence of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, dating back to 558!

Sincere thanks to the heartwarming parish of Saint-Germain-des-Prés for their warm welcome.

Have a lovely Advent and a joyous Christmas,

With love,
Marie-Hélène

Marie-Helene Cussac Christmas concert de Noël Saint-Germain-des-Prés

 

Our 10th anniversary

Marie-Helene Cussac Soprano concert Saint-FlourI did not sing you a Happy Birthday Marilyn style for our 10 years of the “August concert”, yet we did celebrate in style, didn’t we? What an atmosphere there was that night of August 16th, 2023, in the Saint-Flour cathedral!

As a “happy birthday”, I had picked your favourite encores from the past years ; what a surprise, and huge emotion, to hear you all sing Cohen’s Halleluja! What voices! And what a sound your applauding generated, all the way up there by the organ! Nicolas and I were literally taken aback.

I wished to treat you with my most symbolic little present (seeds of Oriental poppies, delphiniums, columbines, and French marigolds), yet I got caught up in my own game… for I was the one to be moved by your numerous and heart-warming presence. Getting there 45 mn ahead of time, singing along at the top of your voice, daring to dance a bit even while singing Halleluja. La Vie en Fleur? You definitely were the ones blooming that night! 🙂

Here are snapshots of this unforgettable evening, including a photo with Saint-Flour shopkeepers as a thank you note for the flyers and posters they have been kindly accepting for the past… 10 years(!)

Marie-Helene Cussac Soprano concert Saint-Flour

Thank you loads to our cathedral, its parish and diocese, and to our town hall for their support. Mr Vicar Genral, Mr Mayor, know your presence was appreciated.

Every time I handed out a poster or flyer, I was getting… “Morricone?”, and I could see your eyes lighting up. See you in 2024 for other cinema references. You may wish to revise your childhood classics . 😉

With all my love

La Vie en Fleur

Hello dearest public from St-Flour and my mountains, and dear faithful August holiday-makers 🙂

Marie-Helene Cussac soprano la vie en fleur

Our annual gathering in Saint-Flour’s Cathedral is scheduled for Aug. 16th at 8:30pm.

Cathédrale de Saint-Flour
16 August 2023
8:30 pm

I can’t wait to catch up… especially that this year we’ll be celebrating our 10th anniversary! 2013-2023, ten years I have been maintaining this very French tradition of a concert “au chapeau”, meaning that there is no paying ticket to join, so each and everyone feels welcome and free to pop by and listen, and why not get swept off one’s feet by music.

This year, the theme of the concert imposed itself quite early. I feel I may well have been holding it in for a while. A hymn to Nature. The nature that I so much love here in my home mountains of Cantal (France), facing our numerous dying fur trees, facing our Narse (Natura 2000 vast humid zone) under threat of being dried out for business interests while the whole world is looking out for water. I feel our responsibility is to help Nature face the challenges our civilization has imposed onto her. So one must have faith in humanity.

That is the message of hope I’ll be singing, along the lines of La Vie en Fleur, a novel by 19th century French writer Anatole France, echoing what I so much support: Access to art as of childhood.

Marie-Helene Cussac soprano concert chant et orgue cathedrale de saint-flour la vie en fleur

A bright 2023

Marie-Helene Cussac soprano happy new year 2023

Dear friends, isn’t it all about how we choose to look at life? I enjoyed wearing that mask and thought about that question. On this last January day, I still have a few minutes to wish you a bright 2023 and plenty of music in your life.
After my first Opera Garnier last October, who knows what 2023 may unveil 😉