Vaulted ceilings, stained glass, and a soaring unaccompanied voice. Is there a better way to spend a Tuesday evening? Last night, I had the good fortune, along with a few hundred others, to be lulled, chilled, and awed by the adult choir of the Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris (there’s a children’s choir too) all in the chilly grandeur of Notre-Dame. At one point, I had goose bumps* from the trill of a single female voice. Goose bumps aside, I’d say the music ranged from sublime to odd. Overall, I was not disappointed and would say getting to see the inside of Notre-Dame at night is alone worth the 20 euro ticket price.
Tickets and information: http://www.musique-sacree-notredamedeparis.fr/
Wheelchair access: Wheelchair users enter and exit through the exit. There is an uneven stone lip which ranges from 1.3″ – 2.5″ at the “entrance” to the cathedral, after that most of the interior is flat and accessible. The farthest reaches of the cathedral are not wheelchair accessible.
*Notre-Dame is cold on a winter’s night so should you decide to attend a winter concert dress accordingly. While listening to Allegri’s Miserere, I thought the only thing better would have been if my bed were tucked into one of the chapels and I was lying in it, sipping hot chocolate.
The program for 4 March 2014:
Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) Miserere
Hugo Distler (1908-1942) Singet dem Hernn
Sven David Sandström (942) Hear my prayer
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Salve Regina
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Nunc dimittis
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) Deus in adjutorium
Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901) Abendlied
Michael Tippett (1905-1998) Negro spirituals from « A child of our Time » (1941)