MIM Celebrates Bastille Day

Musical Instrument Museum to host annual celebration of French music and culture.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will host Experience France, its fifth annual celebration of French music and culture, July 9-10. Visitors will explore and celebrate French culture in honor of Bastille Day with a variety of activities. Guests will enjoy live music performances,  experience hands-on activities, shop for French merchandise at the Museum Store and indulge in a French-inspired menu in the MIM café.


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Photo Booth
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | El Río
Have your picture taken with costumes and props at MIM’s custom photo booth, and receive your own copy to take home.

Saxhorn Craft
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Event Room 3
Developed by Adolphe Sax, horns were initially played by the French military band and at the Paris opera. Make your own saxhorn and proudly march around.

Toe-Tap Pianos
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | South El Río
Try your skill on eight-foot piano mats.

Cécile Hortensia Musical Performance
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. | North El Río
See Phoenix-based French singer-songwriter Cécile Hortensia as she performs her unique poetic songs alongside her live band. She will also feature French classics that have been adapted in English in an exploration of French influences on American musical culture.

Musical Story Time: Everybody Bonjours!
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – noon, 1:30 – 2 p.m., 2:30 – 3 p.m. | South El Río
Stop by and listen to a fun story about a little girl’s adventures in Paris accompanied by MIM’s Story Time Band.

Special Lunch Menu
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Café Allegro
A menu of French wines and French-inspired cuisine, carefully selected just for this weekend, will be available.

ZAZU Musical Performance
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. | North El Río
Manouche jazz mixing gypsy swing, dark and moody highlights, and improvisation with reckless abandon. ZAZU offers a performance worthy of a 1930s Parisian nightclub.

L’invitation au voyage: Musical Exoticism in 19th-Century France
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. | Event Room 2
Join Drew Quiring, ASU Doctor of Musical Arts student, for a discussion of global impacts on French music. Discover how different cultures from Asia to the Americas influenced and transformed the musical world of France through evocation and incorporation of foreign elements from the dawn of Romanticism to the twilight of the Belle Époque.

Paysages Musicaux: Piano and Flute Performance
3:15 – 4 p.m. | North El Río
Phoenix-based chamber musicians Drew Quiring and Jenna Daum will perform a selection of works for piano and flute by two French musical composers, Mélanie Bonis and Gabriel Pierné.

Experience France
July 9-10, 2016
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)


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