• Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012

    French Vocal Ensemble Lo Còr de la Plana Performs an Evening of Polyphonic A Capella Music in Zankel Hall on Saturday, March 24

    Photo by S. Benacer
    On Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, the all-male polyphonic vocal ensemble Lo Còr de la Plana (pronounced “Loo coahr deh la plahn”) performs an evening of a capella music that draws influence from composer Bela Bartók, Gregorian chant, reggae, and Arabic music, with inflections of Mediterranean and African roots. The ensemble matches five male a cappella voices with picaments or foot stomping and bataments or hand clapping, and a variety of percussion including the pandeiro, tamborn and the North African bendir for a high energy concert. Lo Còr de la Plana performs in the little known ancient Occitan, a language unique to France's Provence region, cultivated by immigrants from former French colonies in the Caribbean and across Africa. Using their trademark wit, and intricate harmonies, the ensemble’s performances transcend translation. This performance is presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.

    Lo Còr de la Plana is devoted to resurrecting and modernizing the traditional repertoire that up until recently had been confined to churches and religious ceremonies. Though anchored in the Marseille experience and the Occitan language and heritage, the musical universe created by Lo Còr de la Plana extends to incorporate elements from Pierre Schaeffer, The Ramones, and The Velvet Underground, among others. fRoots Magazine notes, "They are not just a band, they are a philosophy." Recently Lo Còr de la Plana was featured at New York City’s globalFest and was hailed by The New York Times as “The most striking group at globalFest….with just those voices and percussion, they did remarkable things. They sang rich chordal harmonies and joyfully ricocheting counterpoint.”

    Prior to Lo Còr de la Plana’s performance, starting at 9:00 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy Late Nights at Zankel Hall, a laid-back pre-concert experience. The first 200 ticketholders to arrive will receive a complimentary drink courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/latenights.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Single tickets, priced at $34 and $40, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online by visiting carnegiehall.org.

    For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts
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