Friday 6 September at 19h30 in the Courtyard
Saturday 7 September at 20h
In the summer of 1999, Freiman Stoltzfus was a student travelling through Europe and wanting to find temporary housing came to check the ACP notice board. He found an apartment, a language group, friends and – during a longer stay in Paris in 2003 – a choir and a church home. Now an established artist in the United States, Freiman Stoltzfus will be back at the ACP this August and early September.
Freiman is a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, where he currently resides. He studied in New York City at The National Academy and Art Students League, and has travelled extensively in the Middle East as well as Europe where visits to museums and churches in particular inspire his work.
Music is an equally essential element for him in both his life and his art. He sang with the Oratorio Society of New York, is now with the Philadelphia Singers and is fondly remembered at the ACP for his contribution to the tenor section.
Freiman says, “I believe that art is a vital, regenerative act. It is the nature of God, and it is the nature of love, to create. Since we are made in God’s image, it is also in our nature to create. In my own experience, art breaks down barriers of every kind: religious, psychological, socio-economic, and political. Art clarifies and heals; art confronts and insists on justice.”
During his weeks as Artist in Residence, Freiman plans to offer a workshop, to create a visual diary of daily sketches and watercolors and have a role in VBS.
A highpoint of Freiman Stoltzfus' time in Paris is an event on Saturday 7 September: “Soundtrack for a Painting”, taking place in the ACP Sanctuary at 20h. Instrumental and vocal musicians will surround Freiman with music as he creates a painting. The piece will be unveiled to the audience at the end of the concert. Come watch, listen and enjoy!
Saturday 19 October at 20h
The Brilliance will perform in concert at the American Church in Paris on Saturday, 19 October at 20h. Tickets are available here. [link to come]
Acclaimed across the U.S. for their thoughtful, relevant, eclectic spiritual protest music, David Gungor and John Arndt cross the genres of classical and pop, electronic and acoustic, exploring the creative imagination and the power of beauty to evoke empathy that leads to Christ-like action in the world.
Known to many for their opus on reconciliation, Brother, their latest release, the album "Suite No. 1 Oh Dreamer," was inspired by a partnership with World Relief to raise awareness for the DACA dreamers.
David Gungor is a singer, songwriter and guitarist based in New York City where he also serves as a pastor at Trinity Grace Tribeca. He is married with four children. John Arndt is a classical pianist, producer and composer, and has performed all over the world in a wide variety of venues and musical styles. They created The Brilliance in 2010, crafting music that gives listeners “time and space to fully soak in the beauty that lies in every lyric and sonic nuance.”
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear and meet with the Brilliance at the ACP. Tickets are available here. [link to come]
The American Church in Paris 65, quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris www.acparis.org/thebrilliance