Plein Air Concert Series: in our courtyard!

Plein Air Concert Series: in our courtyard!

Strictly limited seating for your safety ~ Table of 4 only ~ Includes a bottle of Rosé de Provence

Tuesday, September 22 at 5:00 p.m.
Members $35 · Non-members $45
54 W Chicago Avenue

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Get transported back in time! Our second concert is presented in partnership with Third Coast Baroque and features the French soprano Nathalie Colas accompanied by Brandon J. Acker at the lute in an exclusive recital. 

Here’s your chance to hear music again in person and en plein air!


Think of it as your private concert...  with strictly limited seating to ensure safe social distancing for all of our guests at the Alliance. We can only sell this event by the table of seats but expect a bottle of Rosé de Provence waiting for you with 4 glasses and 4 individual portions of roasted almonds upon arrival.

What better way to start the evening?

Doors open at 5:00 p.m., the concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. and there will be no intermission. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the same time on Sept. 24. Please see our COVID-19 guidelines at the bottom of the page.

"Sous les Charmilles" Program:

Prelude in Gm                                  Robert de Visée
Enfin la Beauté que j’adore              Etienne Moulinié
Toccata Arpeggiata                          Anonymous
Vos mépris                                       Michel Lambert
On entend rien dans ce bocage       Sebastien le Camus
Ricercar no. 81                                 Francesco da Milano
Paisible et Tenébreuse nuit              Etienne Moulinié
Prelude in G                                     Robert de Visée
Le Doux silence de Nos bois           Honoré d’Ambruys


Hailed for her “floating, silky soprano” and a deemed “a standout in acting and voice” (Chicago Classical Review), Nathalie Colas was born and raised in Strasbourg, France. She is a current soloist and founder of Third Coast Baroque, Petite Musique Collective, Liederstube, and new music ensemble Fonema Consort. Nathalie was recently heard in Chicago’s Haymarket Opera Company production of Cavalli’s Calisto, in Handel’s Messiah with the St Louis Bach Society, and in the title role of Rita by G. Donizetti in Switzerland. An avid recitalist, Nathalie studied art song with the late German baritone Udo Reinemann and regularly performs such repertoire (Symphony Center, Pianoforte Foundation, Omaha Under the Radar, Chicago Arts Club, Driehaus Museum). A graduate of DePaul University School of Music and of the Brussels Royal Conservatory, she completed her opera training at the Swiss Opera Studio/Hochschule der Kunst Bern. She was awarded 1st prize in the Music Institute of Chicago competition last winter. 

Brandon J. Acker​ is a highly sought out soloist, collaborator and lecturer on the classical guitar and early plucked instruments.Recent achievements include two debut CDs released by Jester Recordings and a highly praised collaboration with the creators of Les Misérables in the English language premiere of their musical La Revolution Française. He has toured through England and Scotland with Chamber Opera Chicago and performed with groups such as the Newberry Consort, Bella Voce, and the Amadeus Consort. He has been featured live in studio at WFMT 98.7 and has premiered several works and arrangements on WDRT 91.9. In 2010, Brandon received 1st prize in the Society of American Musician’s Competition.

Third Coast Baroque (TCB) features "Chicago's most accomplished period instrumentalists and singers" (Chicago Tribune). Under the artistic direction Rubén Dubrovsky, TCB reframes how audiences experience early music through dynamic performances, collaborations, and education. "Call it baroque musicology made painless" (Chicago Tribune). TCB has been devoted to exploring diverse 17th and 18th century music from around the world since its inception and has presented the Chicago and North American premieres of works by beloved composers and recently rediscovered masters. Drawing upon today’s finest early music specialists, the Third Coast Baroque collective is composed of the TCB Chamber Ensemble, TCB Voices, and TCB Orchestra. Founded in 2016, TCB engages new and diverse audiences through collaboration with organizations in Chicago and across the country, and through educational enrichment and engagement for music lovers of all ages.



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As members of the Alliance Française de Chicago community, it is vital that we work together to help protect our community’s health and safety. This is particularly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are asking every person in our building to commit to the Alliance Française de Chicago Health Pact to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For the sake of myself and fellow community members, I agree to uphold the Alliance Française de Chicago Health Pact. I will:

·Purchase my tickets in advance; no tickets will be available at the door. This allows us to control the number of attendees to maintain safe social distancing.

·Wear a face mask covering nose and mouth in the Alliance buildings or whenever other people are in  the immediate area.

·Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others whenever possible.

·Wash my hands frequently or use hand sanitizer (for example, before eating, after using the restroom, and after touching shared objects or surfaces).

·Check my health symptoms daily, and stay home if I don’t feel well or am experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

·Report promptly to if I have knowingly been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19.