In Pontoise, the balconies of a building were taken over by musicians from the National Orchestra



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It’s an original way to bring classical music to neighborhoods. This weekend, the city of Louvres hosted the Grand Ensemble, which was held from the balconies of a 7-storey building. # have_the_solution

Forty musicians land their instruments on their backs in a city on the outskirts of Paris. The image is not current. Arriving near the building where they are playing, everyone climbs up the floors to reach the apartments where they are expecting. Lilly, who has lived in Louvres since 2016, opens her door to violinist Pierre Emmanuel Sombrett. She volunteered to welcome three musicians to her balcony.

Then start the exercises under the stunned eyes of his daughter. “It’s a little weird, but it’s still good”, Marilou reacts. The orchestra is spread over seven floors. Strings, brass, percussion, notes escape the balconies. Downstairs, in the car park, loungers have been installed to allow residents to take full advantage of this moment of escape.

The grand ensemble imagined by composer Pierre Sauvago is a concert created in 2017 to be performed from the balconies. It was already presented in several cities: Paris, Avignon and even Marseille. Unlike the traditional concerts that take place in the halls, the music blends with the life of the neighborhood, with its sounds. This is not a problem for musicians. The goal, of course, is to go towards residents who do not frequent cultural places but not only. “The idea is not only to bring culture to those who don’t have it. We exchange it because they also give us things”, Pierre Sauvaget rejoices.

A nice moment of exchange and sharing doesn’t happen overnight. In Pontoise, the process A large group It was the fruit of several months of meetings between residents, musicians and partners in this initiative.

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