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Cultural Studies

Welcome to WICE's Cultural Studies department.  We are pleased to offer a variety of events covering history, culture and the arts – past and present, French and beyond.  Our program also includes outings to films, exhibitions and performing arts events.  All are presented by experts in the field in an intimate setting inviting discussion and further exploration.  

WICE Lite - Free of charge
This series of informal talks at the WICE Office take place after work hours. Listen to a presentation by someone who has a passion to share, an unusual job or interest, or a special area of expertise.

Please feel free to contact us at culturalstudies@wice-paris.org with any questions, ideas and thoughts.

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Upcoming cultural study courses

    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 08 Dec 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 7

    Classical music rarely fills stadiums the way rock concerts do, but for those who listen to it, it imparts  pleasure, exhilaration , longing, joy, sorrow – human emotions which set us apart from most other living creatures.

    How do composers achieve this feat with the help of pieces of wood and brass shaped into objects?  WICE is proud to present a new series of classes dedicated to classical music  which will bring us closer to answering that question. Each class will focus on one composer, describing not only his life and work, but also, through music excerpts of a few characteristic compositions, demonstrating what makes them stylistically special, and to classical music lovers, actually magical.

    The three featured composers are:

    Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - Johannes Brahms: Master of the Sublime

    Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - Giacomo Puccini, the composer of Love!

    Friday, 8 December 2017 - Franz Liszt: a 19th Century Rock Star!

    Registration: When registering for this course you have the option to select all sessions or just those sessions that you wish to attend.

    For further information on these classes, including instructor details, click here.

    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 17

    Who among us hasn't hummed Cole Porter's I Love Paris as we walk about the City of Light, or Oscar Hammerstein’s The Last Time I Saw Paris? Or wondered why -- knowing how it can rain -- someone would choose April in Paris as worthy of a song?

    Americans have been fascinated by Paris for centuries. Did it start with Benjamin Franklin in the 1770’s, the New York elite at the turn of the 20th century, or the wide-eyed soldiers of World War I? Whatever the answer, Paris has fueled the dreams of generations of Americans.

    The writers of the Great American Songbook were no less susceptible to Paris's charm. They wrote dozens of songs extolling Paris, its various neighborhoods, its citizens, its tourists, celebrating the beauty of the city and its excitement, as well as expressing the loneliness and bitterness one can find there.

    In this course, our instructor will show us Paris through the eyes of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Yip Harburg, Stephen Sondheim and others who created the Great American Songbook. Building around a representative recording of their songs, he'll give us context, both historical and musical, for each piece, sharing the joys and sorrows – and the humor! – of a century of Americans in Paris.

    About the instructor: Mark Carroll originally came to Paris for a six month project, and almost 25 years later is still here. A lifetime student of American popular songs, and a passionate collector of sheet music and recordings of the art, he has sung in concerts and theater productions in both the U.S. and Paris, and for thirteen years produced the annual gala concert for Les Arts George V, each year presenting the work of a different American composer or lyricist.

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