We all love classical music: who hasn’t been moved by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Beethoven’s symphonies or Mozart’s requiem? The problem is that for many of us, this music is tainted with an elitist side and remains difficult to understand.

To break down these prejudices and offer us a new look at these masterpieces, the Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt is launching an original format called “Do you think it’s classical?”, a series of five one-hour-and-15-minute concerts to be enjoyed as a couple, with family or with friends before dinner, on Saturdays at 6 pm.

Classical music concerts to discover and understand styles and composers

Mathieu Herzog is a renowned conductor. Violist, composer, orchestrator… he has given more than 1000 concerts! He proposes a series of pedagogical concerts that will be like gateways to classical music. For a whole hour, he will give you the keys to understanding a composer’s intention before performing a complete work with his orchestra Appassionato.

Mathieu Herzog and Appassionato © Rémi Rière

Did you know, for example, that the song Les Feuilles Mortes by Prévert and Kosma is made up of a sequence of chords from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons? These are the kinds of anecdotes that these concerts will help you discover, giving you a whole new perspective on classical music!

And to make it even more relaxed, these concerts are free seating, allowing you to choose the place in the hall where you want to enjoy this moment.

And afterwards? Around the Seguin Island, many gourmet addresses await you for an aperitif or a dinner!

The program Do you think it’s classical? at La Seine Musicale

Five concerts are proposed over the 2021 / 2022 season devoted, each time, to different composers:

  • Mozart / Tchaïkovski / Dvořák, September 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Explore the art of the “serenade,” an exercise in seduction that is far less outdated than it seems but rather a sexy art that is invented with a handful of string instruments.

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  • Saint-Saëns, December 11, 2021 at 6pm

Did you know that Camille Saint Saëns was a great traveler? Until he was 86 years old, he travelled the world! His travels nourished his music, as you will discover in this concert with Spanish flavors.

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  • Beethoven, January, 2022

Some music has this incredible gift of being able to take us to a parallel universe simply by closing our eyes. Beethoven’s symphonies are one of them! We readily associate them with powerful and captivating film scenes. Discover with this concert some of this music that the Renaissance would have qualified as “painting for the ears”.

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  • Carmen (Bizet), March 19, 2022 at 6pm

You surely know Carmen, “Love is a Bohemian child”, I’m sure you already have it in mind! But did you know that this opera was a scandal in its time? Carmen was a free woman and at the Opera it did not pass… Mathieu Herzog and Appassionato, accompanied by several singers, will make you vibrate in the company of this woman with a deep and sensual voice.

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  • Bach / Glass, May 21, 2022 at 7pm

One is an 18th century composer, the other is a contemporary composer, living in the United States! So what is the relationship between these two composers? Accompanied by the pianist Vanessa Wagner, Mathieu Herzog will show you the bridges that link the works of these two artists.

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Useful informations

Address :
La Seine Musicale
Île Seguin
92100 Boulogne-Billancourt (France)

Schedule :
September 11, November 13, December 11, 2021 and March 19, 2022 at 6pm
May 21, 2022 at 7pm

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