In April 1917, between Soissons, Laon and Reims, burst the battle of the Chemin des Dames. On this broad plain, a huge bloodshed took place, leaving more than 300 000 fatalities in seven months-time. Within the Ensemble Orchestral de la Cité, Les Siècles and instrument teachers from conservatoires of the Aisne will commemorate its centenary with a creation by Edith Canat de Chizy, Le Front de l’Aube. The program also includes another work by the composer, named Ce ne sont pas des fleurs, as well as Schubert’s 6th Symphony and the String Adagio by Barber.

CANAT DE CHIZY, Front de l’Aube for orchestra, children choir and solo baryton, after the orginal libretto by Maryline Desbiolles – a command in the as part of the Nouveaux commanditaires action, supported by the Fondation de France.

SCHUBERT, Symphony n°6 in C major D.589
BARBER, Adagio for string

Ensemble Orchestral de la Cité
Adrien Perruchon, conductor
Vincent Bouchot, baryton
Conservatoire du Pays de Laon’s vocal ensemble– Eric Munch, choirmaster

On the occasion of the centenary of the battle of the Chemin des Dames (April-October 1917), Edith Canat de Chizy presents her creation, Le Front de l’Aube, based on a libretto by Maryline Desbiolles, which is constructed on the idea of a “path from above”. To complete this, Schubert’s 6th Symphony, between reference to the young Beethoven and quest of the “great form”, undertook exactly two hundred years ago in 1817. Barber’s pathetic String Adagio was also created the year before the worldwide conflict. This production implements numerous musical forces involved in the department, uniting music teachers from conservatoires and the members of Les Siècles, within the Ensemble orchestral de la Cité.

Co-production : Festival de Laon, Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, Conseil Départemental de l’Aisne et l’Adama.

Adrien Perruchon Vincent Bouchot

Friday, October 13th 2017, 8.30 pm
Laon, Cathédrale

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 8.30 pm 
Saint-Quentin, Théâtre Jean Vilar

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 4 p.m
Soissons, Cité de la Musique