August 2010 Bonjour Minnesota Archives

Guest Celestin Radison from Madagascar explains the French game of Petanque or Boules. Madagascar has taken the world championship three years in a row! We will listen to several songs from Madagascar. The 2nd half of the program features old and new music from France and French-speaking countries.

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Guest Robert Perizzo speaks of his upcoming book with his own illustrations of the voyageurs and important indigenous, Quebecois, and French personalities of the 17th- 19th centuries in Minnesota. Songs of the voyageurs are played while old and modern French music fills the 9:00-10:00 PM time.

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Our guest on this program is watercolorist Charlotte Laxen. Charlotte speaks of her first trip to France, which lead her to devote her life to her art. One summer, she was a teacher of painting at Giverney, in the gardens of the 19th century Impressionist, Claude Monet. She continues to paint and exhibit in galeries in Lake City and plans to exhibit in the Twin Cities. Watch for her! We play songs of Yves Duteil, her favorite French singer.

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Tonight’s guest is Louise Dillery, who was a teenager living in Paris at the time of the Allied liberation of Paris from the Nazis. She speaks of the deprivation and fears during the German occupation and of her great joy and tense moments as the Allies rolled into Paris, while snipers remained, firing on the civilians.
The second half of the hour, we will hear old and new songs about summer: the heat, vacations by the sea and the hot sun.

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Flutist Patrick Dillery, formerly of St. Paul and now New York City, is our special guest tonight. Patrick discusses the importance of France in the development of the instrument and he plays works by French composers. Patrick is a dedicated artist who plays and teaches throughout the world.

The 9:00-10:00 segment features new and old French artists from many countries singing and playing on the theme In the Torpor of Summer.

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