Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur

European Opera Houses have always had a special place in my heart!  Handsome men with top hats and tuxedos. Women in long gowns, wearing furs, jewels, and long gloves. Arriving in carriages.  OK, I saw lots of movies and read Dickens.  That said, I was one of the first to sign up for the American Club of the Riviera’s December Event – GERSHWIN at the OPERA Nice Cote d’Azur, on December 9th.
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On Saturday, December 9th, ACR members-only filled the ‘library’ room at Le Grand Balcon for a delicious “before concert” luncheon.  Member and orchestra conductor Cindy Egolf gave the group an interesting talk about “listening” during lunch. I took it to heart because she questioned whether an instrument is valuable if it remains locked in a vault? Like a Stradivarius violin? Doesn’t an instrument’s value come from the beauty of the sound?  If no one hears it, is it valuable?  One hand clapping?  I thought of my Steinway piano, made by Steinway in 1946, sitting in my living room. Is it valuable?  

IMG_0340ACR December1Member and orchestra conductor Cindy Egolf gave the group an interesting talk about “listening” during lunch. I took it to heart because she questioned whether an instrument is valuable if it remains locked in a vault? Like a Stradivarius violin? Doesn’t an instrument’s value come from the beauty of the sound?  If no one hears it, is it valuable?  One hand clapping?  I thought of my Steinway piano, made by Steinway in 1946, sitting in my living room. Is it valuable?

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After lunch, we all went next door to the 4:00 PM  matinee of the Nice Philharmonic  Orchestra, playing George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Concerto in F,  Rhapsody in Blue, and An American in Paris, at l’Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur. The conductor, György G. Ráth, is relatively new.  He has been with the Nice Philharmonic since September 2017.  He was excellent.  And, I cannot say enough about the pianist, József Balog.  His touch was magic for me.  The combination of the atmosphere with the beautiful music was healing, inside and out.  As his brother Ira wrote, “Who could ask for anything more”

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On my way home, I used what was left of the battery in my phone to shoot some closing, fun shots of Nice at Night.  Enjoy!

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Best, Jay

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Published by jjaywmac

Jay W. MacIntosh (born Janet Tallulah Jewell) is a retired attorney, actress, and writer from the United States, living in Paris, France. She is a member of the California Bar and selected to the 2018, 2019, 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list. She holds a Master’s Degree in Drama from the University of Georgia and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Zodiac Scholastic Society. As an actress, she is a member of The Actors Studio, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP, performing in film and television in the United States and France. Her published works include Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 1, Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 2, The Origins of George Bernard Shaw’s Life Force Philosophy, Moments in Time, Capturing Beauty, JAYSPEAK on the Côte d’Azur, and Janet Tallulah.

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