Golden age of French song to be presented at UB

Published April 17, 2024

André Nerman, Linabery and Laurent Clergeau.

From left: Singer and guitarist André Nerman, chanteuse Linabery and pianist Laurent Clergeau.

“Chante la Vie, Chante,” a scintillating musical program representing the golden age of French song, will be presented by the Compagnie Caravague of Paris at 7:30 p.m. April 27 in Katharine Cornell Theatre in the Ellicott Complex, North Campus.

The program features a trio of distinguished French musicians performing beloved chansons from 1950 to 1990, a period that represents an incomparable wealth of authors/composers/performers who are known not only in France but throughout the world.

Sponsors are the Alliance Française de Buffalo (AFB) and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

“Chante la Vie, Chante” is conceived and directed by André Nerman, who most recently performed in Buffalo as part of his 2022 production of “Mad Men! Chez Molière” at UB. This time, he will showcase his talents as a singer and guitarist, joined by the chanteuse Linabery and pianist Laurent Clergeau.

“French song has woven itself into the history of a country, a society with an unprecedented technical evolution,” says Nerman. “From the Left Bank cabarets to the rebel generation of the 1970s, la chanson tells the story of our country. In some cases, artists of genius with dramatic destinies have left a universal imprint on the entire world.”

Tickets purchased by April 21 are $20 for the general public, $15 for AFB members and $5 for students; go online or send a check payable to Alliance Française de Buffalo, P.O. Box 721, Buffalo, NY 14207.

Tickets at the door are $25 for the general public, $20 for AFB members and $5 for students.