French chansons in Tannersville and at Bard

Do the opening notes of “La Vie en Rose” inevitably reduce you to a puddle of sighs, longing for the sidewalk cafés and candlelit boîtes of Paris? Then you won’t want to miss the latest live offering from the Catskill Jazz Factory: “Les Belles Chansons Françaises,” a program devoted to French popular song featuring Parisian chanteuse Camille Bertault and Franco-American virtuoso pianist Dan Tepfer.

The duo’s premiere US performance will unfold in the black-box LUMA Theater in the Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson this Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Bertault and Tepfer will take audiences on a musical journey through the works of Yves Montand, Brigitte Fontaine, Patachou, Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, Jean Ferrat, Les Pierrots Parisiens, Charles Aznavour, Charles Trenet and more. Ticket prices begin at $25; to order, call (845) 758-7900 or visit

But wait – there’s more! “Les Belles Chansons Françaises” is a two-parter, with a preview event happening the preceding evening at the Mountain Top Library. As part of their residency with the 23Arts Initiative, Bertault and Tepfer will perform and deliver a short artist talk on the enchanting music of the French Songbook on Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. Admission to the preview is free. The Mountain Top Library is located at 6093 Main Street in Tannersville.