in An interactive and fun designed to introduce children to the music and named it “the Philharmonic for children” will be the start of 2021 in the Philharmonie of Paris, announced Monday his director. The project will cost eight million euros, financed entirely by the private sector, “draws on the City of children the City of science and will be a participative exhibition”, explained Laurent Bayle to journalists.

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For an input of about 13 euros, children 4 to 10 years will follow a free course dotted with “stations” where they will offer games, interfaces, applications, listen to 3D but also the touch of the instruments in view of a “musical”.

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The Philharmonic, which has been a great success since its creation in 2015, with 5 million visitors in four years, is about to get this space built on 1,000 square meters, with the ambition to accommodate between 200,000 and 300,000 children per year. The workshops for children offered by the institution “saturated” so the demand is high, says Laurent Bayle. According to him, in addition to a few examples in Vienna and Germany, the project “Philharmonic for children” is unique in the world.

For a better representation of women conductors

The director announced Monday, the program of the season 2019-2020, which highlights for the first time several women conductors. The Orchestre de Paris, the training now attached to the Philharmonic, “which invited before a conductor, or even zero, will invite five chefs (women)” this season, he said. It will be up to the American girl Karina Canellakis to open the opening concert of the season at the beginning of September. Thereafter it will be the turn of heads stars as the Finnish Susanna Mälkki, the American Marin Alsop, the Australian Simone Young, but also a head promising, the German Corinna Niemeyer. In comparison with France, “the scandinavian countries and the United States are examples of better-balanced,” pointed out Laurent Bayle.

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The Philharmonic organizes from 16 to 19 march the first edition of the international competition of orchestra conductors of the female. “Yes, there is a form of positive discrimination. It is a voluntary is necessary even if it is transient”, underlined Laurent Bayle. “When I hear people say “there’s the quality that counts”, I say, very well, but I look at the flyer (concerts) and the quality is 98% of the men!”, there ironisé. “Good words are not enough to change the situation”, stressed the director of the Philharmonic. These initiatives should not lead to “confinement”, he warned.

The next season that will be marked by the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, will include among its ciné-concert cycle dedicated to the music of films of Charlie Chaplin. Moreover, the name of the new head of the Orchestre de Paris will be announced “in the spring of 2020,” according to Laurent Bayle, after the departure this summer of the British and Daniel Harding.

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