Type: Live Music, Local Picks
The fine acoustics in this concert hall are perfect for showing off their resident l'Orchestre de Paris and l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as l'Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France.... Read More
The fine acoustics in this concert hall are perfect for showing off their resident l'Orchestre de Paris and l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as l'Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France. On a recent concert evening showcasing conductor Adam Fischer and violinist Tedi Papavrami, the concert hall was packed and not just with bluehairs, as the French take their cultural outings seriously and nearly all cultural venues offer a special discount student rate. Which is to say that you will find the ages, and the attire, quite mixed, from formal dinner jackets and cocktail dresses to the students' universal uniform of jeans, t-shirt and sneakers. Over 200 evenings of music are programmed per year and many are recorded for later broadcast on Radio France, hence the superb acoustics and the audience's respect for absolute quiet during performances. But it's not only classical music that you'll find at Salle Pleyel, as their programming ranges from orchestras to rock and during a given season you'll find diversity that ranges from Daniel Barenboim to les Solistes des Berliner Philharmoniker to Patti Smith.
- Live Music: "Come as you are, dressed up or dressed down, you will be in good company. The age range, too, is eclectic with mature concert-goers mixed in with students who get discount tickets. A concert here offers an insightful smattering of Parisians who like listening to live music."
- Best for Live Music Because: Extraordinary acoustics makes this one of the best places to hear live music anywhere in the world.