Come share that pull on the heart that Paris has always exerted on people from all over the world! They come to Paris searching for love-and life. Some have found it in abundance, others in fleeting moments. Often they do not see the sad, lonely corners of Paris where some Parisiens themselves cannot share in the love and life they also crave. All these experiences are reflected in these glorious songs about Paris!
From Cole Porter to Édith Piaf, includes songs from the great American and French composers and interpreters of the 1920’s to the 1960’s. The show is interspersed with contrasting songs in French and in English cabaret/jazz style and quirky informative and humorous dialogue.
“Your concert at the Alliance Française de Perth in February 2013 extremely pleased our audience! The patrons were delighted, and praised the high quality of your performance and we have received many complimentary messages since. You carried the show with humour and charm. I will gladly recommend your show to all Alliances Françaises in Australia and beyond. A big thank you for this wonderful evening!
Sylvie Dallier-Director Alliance Française de Perth
“Laura Bernay’s show was outstanding. I was enthralled. In addition to having a rich, clear and magnificent voice, she has a delightfully engaging stage presence which helps bring the songs to life and honours her backing musicians. Also, she gave brief but thoughtful comments on the music itself and its place in our culture, which I found very interesting.”
Dr Bruce WS Robinson “West Australian of the Year 2013” Am MBBS MD FRACP FRCP DTM&H FCCP Professor of Medicine School of Medicine and Pharmacology-Consultant Respiratory Physician, Dept of Respiratory Medicine, SCGH
“There are times in your life when unexpected gems catch you by surprise. Heidi and I had such an experience last Friday night when we saw Laura Bernay in her show “from Porter to Piaf” at The Alliance Française.
Laura is a fluent French speaker and made the best of her language skills to charm the audience. The theme of the night juxtaposed the reality of the bohemian street life and the romantic American view of the songwriters who lived in Paris in the early and middle twentieth century. Song selections from Edith Piaf to Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein filled the night air. Laura’s witty and insightful patter seamlessly took us from one scenario to another, illuminating a vivid history from opposing perspectives.
Mike Nelson’s brilliant quartet flavoured the music with an easy jazz ambience and Laura’s beautiful confident voice made time stand still for those of us fortunate enough to be there. “
Dennis and Heidi Sheppard, South Perth
“I was enveloped in sound. ‘Padam’ really did something for me: I was already warmed up to being present, the tone was so French, the band let you have the lead and you were like Piaf incarnated. Your voice was just so satisfying!”