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Elsie Parker of Elsie Parker & "The Poor People of Paris"

Elsie Parker of Elsie Parker & "The Poor People of Paris"

July 30, 2015


St. Louis, Missouri (July 30, 2015) – ELSIE PARKER & "THE POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS"
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Sheldon Concert Hall in Grand Center, 3648 Washington Blvd.
Tickets, $20 at Box office – (314) 533-9900 or
Partnered with Les Amis (The Friends)

Celebrating the songs of the great French chanteuse, Edith Piaf on her 100th Anniversary, Elsie Parker and "The Poor People of Paris" will present a wide range of her vocal repertoire. Well-known favorites such as "La Vie en rose" and "Milord" combine with rare, austere "Quand même" and smoldering "J'ai dansé avec l'amour", "Mon Légionnaire" and triumphant "Non, je ne regrette rien."

Songs will be sung in French by Parker whose career has evolved with remarkably authentic interpretations of Piaf's short life's work. Parker provides an English synopsis of each song with highlights of Piaf's extraordinary life. The widely recorded group Parker founded, "The Poor People of Paris," accompany her as usual with Ken Kehner - piano, William Lenihan - guitar/accordion, Wayne Coniglio - bass, and Kevin Gianino - drums. (Coniglio formerly toured with Ray Charles as a trombonist and arranger). Les Amis ("The Friends"), the mid-Mississippi River Valley's French heritage preservationist organization, is a supporting Sponsor of this event.

Internationally, Parker has been featured on the French TV program, "La Chance Aux Chansons" (The Luck of Songs) filmed in Paris and viewed throughout France, French speaking Canada and Africa. Nationally, she has appeared as solo vocalist for Nordstrom's in Chicago as well as at Chicago's Cultural Society, "Piaf's" in San Francisco, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, "Jazz Under the Stars" concert series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and for numerous events in the St. Louis area including The Missouri Botanical Gardens Whittaker Concert Series, The Sheldon Theater, The Missouri History Museum, St. Louis First Night, and Powell Hall. As a vocal soloist for symphony orchestras, Parker has performed in Missouri, Illinois, and Florida.

"The Poor People of Paris", has recorded four CDs: "Elle se souvient" (She Remembers), "Entre nous" (Between Us), "Je t'aime encore" (I Love You Still), and "LIVE!" From the Sheldon Theater. The group's name derives from a popular Piaf cabaret tune by the same name in English translation.

Edith Piaf (born Gassion December, 1915) was a French popular singer born in austere poverty who became widely regarded as France's national diva, as well as being one of France's greatest international stars. Piaf's songs of love, loss and sorrow were often autobiographical and reflected her passionate life. Piaf died at age 47 in October 1963, a day before artist/author/filmmaker and friend Jean Cocteau passed away. She is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris where her grave is among the most visited.

Although she was denied a funeral mass by the Roman Catholic archbishop of Paris because of her lifestyle, her funeral procession drew tens of thousands[ of mourners onto the streets of Paris. The ceremony at the cemetery was attended by more than 100,000 fans. Charles Aznavour recalled that Piaf's funeral procession was the only time since the end of World War II that he saw Parisian traffic come to a complete stop.

Elsie Parker also performs (in French) songs associated with Charles Aznavour, Hervé Vilard, Mireille Mathieu, Michael Legrand, Patricia Kaas, Axelle Red, Jaques Brel, Leo Marjane, Eddy Mitchell, Vanessa Paradis, Gilbert Becaud, Serge Lama, Sylvie Bernard, and Charles Trenet, as well as performing her own original material. Parker also plays woodwinds--flute, clarinet, and saxophone intermingled with her vocals.

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