Concerts & Recitals

ACP-sponsored concerts, recitals and guest choirs are shown on this page, and Atelier Series concerts are shown here.

ACP-hosted concerts and recitals are shown here.

 

Freiman Stoltzfus – Soundtrack for a Painting

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!

 

Atelier Concerts

Sunday Concert Series - 17h00 - Free admission

Originating in Left Bank studios in 1895, The Atelier Concert Series became part of the cultural activities at the American Church in Paris during the early 1930s. These concerts provide a performance opportunity in Paris for talented musicians of all nationalities.

A different program is offered each Sunday evening at 17h00, September through November and January through June. There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering is taken at the door to support the series.

To receive detailed programs, updates and other announcements about this series, send a message to our Music Director and put “Atelier Mailing” in the subject line. All mailings are done in blind copy and for this purpose only.

Upcoming Concerts

The Brilliance concert

Saturday 19 October at 20h

The Brilliance

The Brilliance will perform in concert at the American Church in Paris on Saturday, 19 October at 20h.

 

David Gungor and John Arndt, the band The Brilliance, will play live at the American Church in Paris on Saturday, 19 October at 20h joining an expanded string quartet and choir from our ACP community. Their eclectic songs combine symphonic, classical, pop and electronic elements to explore issues of social justice and inspire reflection and connection with others. They will perform songs from their latest album, Suite No. 1 Oh Dreamer which was inspired by the stories of immigrants known as “dreamers” in the U.S., pieces from their yet un- released album Suite no. 2 The World Keeps on Spinning and well-loved favorites such as their peace-making opus Brother. A champagne and cake reception will follow in the Theatre. Our very own Devon Graves will open for The Brilliance at 19h. Don’t miss this very special evening!

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.

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.”

 

The American Church in Paris 65, quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris www.acparis.org/thebrilliance

 

 

 

Atelier Concerts