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It is an original way of bringing classical music to neighborhoods. The city of Louvrais hosted the Grand Ensemble concert played from the balconies of a 7-story building this weekend. # They have the solution

Forty musicians who land with their instruments on their backs in a city on the outskirts of Paris. The image is not current. Arriving near the building where they have to play, everyone goes up the floors to reach the apartments where they are expected. Lilli, who has lived in the Louvrais district since 2016, opens her doors to the violinist Pierre-Emmanuel Sombret. She has volunteered to welcome three musicians to her balcony.

Then the rehearsals begin under the astonished eyes of his daughter. “It’s a little weird, but it’s still good”, Marilu reacts. The orchestra is spread over seven floors. Strings, brass, percussion, the notes escape from the balconies. Downstairs, in the parking lot, deckchairs have been installed to allow residents to take full advantage of this moment of escape.

The Grand Ensemble imagined by composer Pierre Sauvageot is a concert created in 2017 to be performed from the balconies. It has already been presented in several cities: Paris, Avignon and even Marseille. Unlike traditional concert halls, the music mixes with the life of the neighborhood, with its noises. And this is not a problem for musicians. The goal is obviously to go towards a population that does not frequent cultural places but not only. “The idea is not just to bring culture to those who don’t have it. We come to exchange because they too give us things”, Pierre Sauvageot rejoices.

A beautiful moment of exchange and sharing that does not happen overnight. in Pontoise, the operation great together it was the result of several months of meetings between the inhabitants, the musicians and the partners of this initiative.

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