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Candlelights Concert at St. Ephrem Church: Chopin, Schubert, Satie, Beethoven

Paris, Eglise Saint‐Ephrem — Main Hall

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Enjoy a concert for Piano with works from Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven and Satie in the beautiful Saint Ephrem Church in Paris.

The Church of Saint Ephrem in the historical heart of Paris regularly hosts concerts by talented young musicians. The outstanding acoustics and remarkable ambiance offer a wonderful setting for classical music. Events occuring at the location are bound to be a delight to your ears and soul. The delightful music pieces by such known composers as Chopin, Schubert, Satie are Beethoven are only fit to be played in the wonderful St. Ephrem Church.

Benefit from the wealth of musical talent and enchanting architecture in Paris.

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  • Frederic Chopin – 7 Nocturnes
  • Claude Debussy – Clair de Lune
  • Franz Schubert – impromptus
  • Erik Satie – Les Gymnopédies
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonate au clair de lune
Program is subject to change


Soloist, Piano: Adrien Polycarpe

Eglise Saint-Ephrem

Located in a secluded corner of Paris’ historical fifth arrondissement, also known as the Latin Quarter, this small, quaint church is truly a hidden gem. Constructed in 1733 in true Corinthian style, the church was used by different religious orders until the late 19th century, when it became a centre for the Catholic social movements founded by Robert and Albert de Mun. The interior is classically embellished with an impressive collection of paintings. Church Saint-Ephrem is a popular venue for classical music concerts, as its cosy, intimate atmosphere and great acoustics attract both locals and tourists.

Franz Schubert

During his rather short life, Franz Schubert, one of the fathers of romanticism in music, had always been an unappreciated genius who had never received public acclaim. Only his family and friends were delighted by his music, and most of his works were discovered and published only many years after his death. Franz Schubert was born on the 31th of March 1797 in the suburbs of Vienna. His father and eldest brother were amateur musicians and they taught him to play piano and violin. At the age of 11 Schubert was a singer in a choir at the Lichtenthal parish and later auditioned for Antonio Salieri and admitted to the emperor’s choir. During that period young Franz started composing his own works. However, after his voice broke he had to leave the choir and in 1814 he started working as a teacher in the same parish school as his father. He never stopped composing and 4 years later he decided to quit teaching and devote his life completely to music. He fell out with his father because of that and struggled to make ends meet. In 1818 Schubert went to Vienna, where he met Vogl. Together they gave private concerts in small aristocratic circles, mainly playing Lieder, which Schubert wrote around 600. Franz Schubert gave only one big public concert in his whole life in March 1828, which was very warmly received by the audience. However, his health was deteriorating and in November the same year he died of thyroid fever at the age of 31.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German pianist and composer of the late 18th century. He is well known as the most influential composers of all time as well as crucial figure to the Classical music scene. In fact, he demonstrated his musical talent at an early age, taking lessons from his father and composer/conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. Later, he moved to Vienna where he gained the reputation of a virtuoso pianist by composing his popular masterpieces. He created his most admired works in his last 15 years of life, all the while being almost completely deaf.

Frederic Chopin

Frederic Chopin was a Polish composer and pianist of the Romantic area (early 19th century). He wrote primarily piano solos but also piano concerts, chamber pieces and songs set to Polish lyrics. He is well-known as a poetic genius without competition of his generation. In fact, he created the concept of instrumental ballade and his performances were noted for their sensitivity and fine distinction. He spent most of his life in Paris, where he performed for the intimate atmospheres of salons. For most of his life, he suffered poor health. As a result, he died quite young at the age of 39, probably of tuberculosis.

Customer Reviews

4.9 of 5

  • Karin H, USA

    Apr 2024

    Beautiful church and a great pianist

  • Dan L, USA

    Feb 2024

    Adrien Polycarpe was fantastic‐ he introduced each composition that he was playing. he plays with such skill and each note struck with such clarity. would love to listen to another of his concerts‐ I am a huge fan of Chopin so I am doubly happy he played many of his nocturnes and waltzes (including one prelude)

  • David M, USA

    Feb 2024

    Excellent pianist! It would have been nice to have few words in English as we don’t speak French

  • Christoph D, Österreich

    Oct 2023

    War ein wirkliches stimmungsvollen und Qualitativ hochwertiges Konzert

  • Ian C, United Kingdom

    Sep 2023

    The pianist, Adrien Polycarpe, was superb, the music sublime and the venue historic and atmospheric. Fabulous evening.

  • Feb 2023

    très belle performance et bon contact avec le pubic. Le dynamisme, l'énergie eet la sensibilité d'Adrien Polycarpe étaient une joie à voir et à écouter. merci à lui.

  • Dec 2022

    Small church filled with a packed house. Candles in the corners in candelabras, quiet, intimate. Pianist was superb. Memorable evening. Would definitely do again.

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Eglise Saint‐Ephrem, 17, rue des Carmes, Paris, France — Google Maps

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