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Experience France at the Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is celebrating French music and culture with a two-day event. Experience France takes place July 13-14 and features music, activities and a special menu in the museum café that will have visitors feeling like they left the country.

Last year MIM had enormous success with their Bastille Day, which fueled the inspiration to make it a two-day event. “Experience France” is part of MIM’s “Unity Through Diversity” partnership with Phoenix-based Petsmart and Alliance François of Greater Phoenix. The leading message behind the partnership it that music is the language of the soul and the celebration of all the cultural diversities that music portrays.

There will be live performances on both days that are free with general admission. Cécile Hortensia, the Phoenix based singer and songwriter who combines bilingual poetry with music, will be performing songs that celebrate both her French and American heritages. Hortensia will also be performing songs that were made famous by Edith Pief in honor of the 50th anniversary of her passing.

ZAZU, a gypsy-jazz Arizona band, which performs improvisational songs in the spirit of guitarist Django Reinhart. Also performing will be Dr. James Gerber, music associate for All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix, who will play French masterpieces from the 16th to 20th century on MIM’s Rathke “visible” organ.

Guests can take a tour of MIM’s French exhibit and a showcase of French instruments in the Mechanical Music Gallery, by MIM Europe Curator Dr. Kathleen Wiens. The tour is free with admission and will educate guests on music, history and the instruments of France.

Guests can also learn French marching rhythms with a a special installment of MIM’s “Get the Beat! World Drumming Series.” The class is $12 a person and will highlight French drumming traditions in a fun, family-friendly way. To register for the drumming series, email grouptours@mim.org.

Complete your French experience with French entrees and wine specials at Café Allegro. On the menu are items like Coq au vin, goat cheese quiche, macarpone -and-date filled crepe, ham and cheese on a French baguette and macarons. Café Allegro will also have specials on Pillsbury wine Viognier and 2012 Chenin Blanc.

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Experience France at the Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is celebrating French music and culture with a two-day event. Experience France takes place July 13-14 and features music, activities and a special menu in the museum café that will have visitors feeling like they left the country.

Last year MIM had enormous success with their Bastille Day, which fueled the inspiration to make it a two-day event. “Experience France” is part of MIM’s “Unity Through Diversity” partnership with Phoenix-based Petsmart and Alliance François of Greater Phoenix. The leading message behind the partnership it that music is the language of the soul and the celebration of all the cultural diversities that music portrays.

There will be live performances on both days that are free with general admission. Cécile Hortensia, the Phoenix based singer and songwriter who combines bilingual poetry with music, will be performing songs that celebrate both her French and American heritages. Hortensia will also be performing songs that were made famous by Edith Pief in honor of the 50th anniversary of her passing.

ZAZU, a gypsy-jazz Arizona band, which performs improvisational songs in the spirit of guitarist Django Reinhart. Also performing will be Dr. James Gerber, music associate for All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix, who will play French masterpieces from the 16th to 20th century on MIM’s Rathke “visible” organ.

Guests can take a tour of MIM’s French exhibit and a showcase of French instruments in the Mechanical Music Gallery, by MIM Europe Curator Dr. Kathleen Wiens. The tour is free with admission and will educate guests on music, history and the instruments of France.

Guests can also learn French marching rhythms with a a special installment of MIM’s “Get the Beat! World Drumming Series.” The class is $12 a person and will highlight French drumming traditions in a fun, family-friendly way. To register for the drumming series, email grouptours@mim.org.

Complete your French experience with French entrees and wine specials at Café Allegro. On the menu are items like Coq au vin, goat cheese quiche, macarpone -and-date filled crepe, ham and cheese on a French baguette and macarons. Café Allegro will also have specials on Pillsbury wine Viognier and 2012 Chenin Blanc.

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"Experience France" at the Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix invites the community to learn about and enjoy French music and culture without leaving the Valley at “Experience France.” After the success of MIM’s Bastille Day celebration in 2012, the museum is expanding the event to two days in 2013. On July 13 and 14, MIM will feature music, activities and a menu that will capture the spirit of France and entertain audiences of all ages.

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“Experience France” is the latest installment in MIM’s “Unity Through Diversity” partnership with Phoenix-based PetSmart®. The initiative brings the largest specialty pet retailer and the world’s first global musical instrument museum together to highlight musical traditions that celebrate cultural diversities, while reinforcing the museum’s overriding message that music is the language of the soul. “Experience France” is also supported by Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix.

MIM spotlights the music of France with live performances on both days. Phoenix-based French singer-songwriter Cécile Hortensia couples bilingual poetry with intriguing melodies to deliver a performance that seamlessly integrates her French and American heritages. While visiting MIM, she will perform songs made famous by Edith Piaf to honor the 50th anniversary of the iconic French singer’s passing. ZAZU, an Arizona band carrying on the tradition of guitarist Django Reinhart, will perform infectious gypsy-jazz tunes that challenge the limitations of traditional improvisation. Additionally, Dr. James Gerber, music associate for All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Phoenix, will re-create French masterpieces that span the 16th to 20th centuries on MIM’s Rathke “visible” organ. All performances are free with museum admission.

Hands-on activities are a large part of the “Experience France” event. First, guests will be able to make a red, white and blue paper rosette to show their French spirit. This tricolor badge became a popular symbol of the French Revolution after the storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris in 1789. Guests are also invited to stop by MIM’s “Try It!” station and have their face painted with a custom design. These activities are free with museum admission.

Each day, MIM’s Europe curator, Dr. Kathleen Wiens, will lead guests through the France exhibit and showcase selected French highlights of the Mechanical Music Gallery. Guests will learn about the music, history and instruments of France, including some fascinating automatons. The guided tour is free with museum admission and will take place at 2:15 p.m. both days.

“MIM is thrilled to offer this unique exploration of French history and culture. Bastille Day is France’s national holiday, celebrated much like our own Independence Day,” said Celina Chiarello, public programs manager at MIM. “This program provides a great opportunity for guests to learn more about France through engaging activities and musical performances.”

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Guests will have the opportunity to learn some French marching drum rhythms in a special installment of MIM’s monthly “Get the Beat! World Drumming Series.” This fun, family-friendly session takes place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and will highlight French drumming traditions and provide plenty of time for making music. The class is not included in general museum admission, and the fee is $12 per person. Advanced registration is recommended. To register, contact grouptours@MIM.org.

Café Allegro will serve a variety of French entrées and beverages, all available for purchase. The menu will include coq au vin (chicken cooked in wine), goat-cheese quiche, a mascarpone-and-date-filled crepe, ham and cheese on a French baguette and macaroons. Café Allegro will also feature wine specials that include a Pillsbury Wine viognier and a 2012 chenin blanc.

The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit MIM.org or call 480.478.6000.

MIM celebrates music as a sustaining human gift and enriches world culture by collecting, preserving and exhibiting a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the universal language.