Francophiles will be sated by varied schedule of events

NEW YORK -- Classical music, jazz, ballet and folklore festivals fill the French calendar of performing arts this year.

Performances will be held in such varied venues as cathedrals, Roman amphitheaters, abbeys and castles.

Here is a preview of coming events:

  • Cannes, May 12 to 23: 52nd annual Cannes Film Festival; July 20 to 30: Chamber music festival in the historic Suquet district.
  • Lyon, mid-June through July: Theater and music in Lyon's old quarter and Roman theaters.
  • Paris, late June through mid-July: 15th annual Chopin Festival with concerts and piano recitals in the Bois de Boulogne; July through September: Festival Musique en l'Ile, featuring classical music in the Sainte-Chapelle, St-Louis-en-l'Ile, St-Germain-des-Pres churches.
  • St-Guilhem-le-Desert, June 21 through Aug. 20: Chamber Music Festival in the ruins of the abbey (Languedoc-Roussillon region.)
  • Bourges, June 21 through Sept. 21: Concerts of classical music and jazz (region of Loire Valley).
  • Chartres, June 27 through Sept. 5: Concerts held every Sunday at Chartres Cathedral; early July through early September: International Organ Festival, with Sunday concerts in Chartres Cathedral.
  • Vienne, June 29 through July 13: 18th annual International Jazz Festival in the city's Roman amphitheater.
  • Montpellier, late June through early July: Montpellier Dance Festival, with the theme, the best choreographies of the past decade.
  • Colmar, first two weeks of July: Colmar International Music Festival.
  • Reims, July 2 through Aug. 29: "Flaneries Musicales d'Ete," a program of over 120 concerts, most free, in courtyards and gardens of national monuments such as Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • Beaune, July 2 through Aug. 1: International Baroque Music Festival, staged in the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune.
  • Aix-en-Provence, July 6 to 30: International Music and Opera Festival; July 8 to 30: International Music and Opera Festival, held in the Palace of the Bishops.
  • Belfort, July 8 to 11: 10th Anniversary of International & French Rock Festival (region of Franche-Comte).
  • Avignon, July 9 to 31: Theater and Music Festival
  • Nice, July 10 to 17: Nice Jazz Festival in the Cimiez Gardens.
  • Orange, July 10 through Aug. 3: Music and Opera Festival, set in a Roman theater.
  • Antibes, mid-July: Juan-les-Pins 38th annual International Jazz Festival.
  • Quimper, third week of July: "Festival de Cornouaille," featuring traditional folk art, music and dance.
  • Prades, July 26 through Aug. 13: 48th annual Pablo Cassals Festival with more than 20 concerts performed by topnotch international chamber music ensembles.
  • Oloron-Ste-Marie, late July through early August: 36th annual Folkloric Festival of the Pyrenees, with dance, music, arts and crafts.
  • Lorient, Aug. 6 to 15: Celebration of Celtic folklore and heritage in Brittany, with 4,000 traditional musicians, singers, dancers and painters from all Celtic nations participating.
  • Dijon, Aug. 30 to Sept. 5: Folkoric dances and music from five continents and a wine festival.
  • Toulouse, second and third weeks of September: 17th annual Piano Recitals Festival at the 13th-century Jacobins Cloisters.
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