Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well...
25 January 2014 | 7:00 pm | St. Francis Episcopal Church
26 January 2014 | 5:00 pm | St. Francis Episcopal Church
Ticket status: On Sale
Join us for a fun-filled evening of cabaret and cabernet.
St. Francis Episcopal Church
9220 Georgetown Pike Great Falls, VA 22066
Jacques Brel (1929–1978) was a Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate, thoughtful and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following initially in Belgium and France, and later throughout the world. He has been called a master of the modern chanson. Although he recorded most of his songs in French, he became a major influence on English-speaking songwriters, and performers; English translations of his songs have been recorded by many top performers in the United States.
In 1968, an American musical revue, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris made its debut to considerable acclaim at the Village Gate in New York. Since that time it has played throughout the world in various productions, and theatre-goers have been touched repeatedly by its poetry and music. A critic in 1968, Clive Barnes, praised the songs as “impassioned and powerful” and “unusually poetic and beautiful.” Another, Julius Novick, wrote, “If my experience is any guide, this is one of the few entertainments…that can send you out feeling really differently from the way you felt when you came in.” A third reviewer at the time, Stewart Benedict, may have said it best:
“Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris…may have one of the longer titles of the year, but the show can be summed up in a very short sentence: It is terrific. An evening of songs by the young Belgian composer so widely known in Europe, Jacques Brel runs the gamut from sentimental ballads to sardonic comments about the world we live in. And, as with most French lyrics, we are left with a great deal to think…”