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You're sitting outside on a cobblestone street, a glass of wine perched on your café table. Salvador Dali and Man Ray walk by in heated discussion. Django Reinhardt's band is tuning up a few doors down, and you can't stop tapping your feet as the hot beats seep out into the warm Paris evening. Wafting down from 27 Rue de Fleurus is the scent of Alice's famous fudge, as it's another Saturday Salon at the Stein/Toklas household, and you're invited. Re-live this magical time of art in life and life in art at our annual free marathon - Wall to Wall: Gertrude's Paris.

Check out video profiles of Wall to Wall performers, including Gregory Generet and Michael Arenella & his Dreamland Orchestra:

See schedule of events below. All events are free, except for the following:


Creating a New World

Tread through the magical beginnings of early twentieth century Paris with its most prominent artists. From strolling street musicians with their plaintive accordion music and romantic lyrics, to works by Debussy, Stravinsky, and Poulenc, the city's dazzling and diverse musical culture is brought to life. Get a glimpse into Gertrude Stein's Parisian life through poetic readings and a biographical account of her introduction to the city and the wildly inventive community of artists that was at the center of. Hear music of Milhaud and Ravel who incorporated popular idioms and the sound of jazz into their concert works.

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Christopher Matthews, flute
Aundrey Mitchell, viola
Ashley Jennifer Jackson, harp

Gertrude Stein: My arrival in Paris/salons
Olga Merediz,

On Danse a la Villette (Emile Carrara / Jacques Larue)
Frou Frou (Henri Chatau / Hector Monreal & Henri Blondeau)
Adieu Paris (Julio Sanders / Lucien Boyer)
Marni Rice and the Chanson Chamber Salon

Artists' Portraits

Gertrude Stein: "Matisse," "If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso," "Cezanne"

Igor Stravinsky and Manuel de Falla: From their correspondence
David Rakoff, Sonia Manzano, Olga Merediz, Isaiah Sheffer, readers

Igor Stravinsky (arr. Jonathan Jensen): Suites Nos. 1 and 2 for Chamber Orchestra
Poulenc Trio


Little Poems
Gertrude Stein: From Tender Buttons (1914)
"A long dress"
"A red hat"
"A blue coat"
"A purse"
Aya Cash, Rebecca Naomi Jones, readers

Francis Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano (1926)
Poulenc Trio

Inspired by Gertrude's Paris

A Conversation moderated by Jeffrey Lependorf (Say It with Flowers: an opera in waiting),  with Edmund White, Rachel Dickstein, Lynne Tillman, Paul Legault and Paul Miller (DJ Spooky)

Darius Milhaud: La Création du Monde
Le Train Bleu
Ransom Wilson, conductor


Immerse yourself in a sparkling cabaret set with the engaging works by Monaco and Waxman. Then enjoy the renowned Encompass New Opera Theatre as they present "Singing Stein!" a performance of two one-act operas set to Stein texts. In a segment that compares artists who are often paired, you can explore the similarities and differences between the literary innovations of James Joyce and Gertrude Stein and the music of Debussy and Ravel. Experience Trevor Gureckis' brand new Lost Generation to be performanced by the Nouveau Classical Project. In a literary-musical tableau, a set of literary and musical portraits of the era's influential artists are presented-from Pablo Picasso and Tristan Tzara to Aaron Copland and Alice B. Toklas

Cabaret for Gertrude: Paris/New York

F. D. Marchetti: Fascination
Franz Waxman: La crise est finie
James Monaco: Masculine Women, Feminine Men
George Gershwin: Embraceable You
Ober-Dada Hajós: Dada
Cole Porter: I've Got You Under My Skin
Jean Wiener: #2 from Trois blues chanteés
Mischa Spoliansky: La Chanson d'une nuit
Robert Osborne, baritone
Richard Gordon, piano

Gertrude Stein: "Stein's little Ford"
Kaneza Schaal
, reader


Singing Stein with Encompass New Opera Theatre

Virgil Thomson: Capital, Capitals

Virgil Thomson: "The first time I saw Paris"(1966)
Rochelle Oliver, Isaiah Sheffer, readers

Ned Rorem: Three Sisters Who are Not Sisters (1923)

--A Conversation with Ned Rorem and Nancy Rhodes moderated by Laura Kaminsky--



Maurice Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (1911)
Evelyne Crochet, Piano

Gertrude Stein vs. James Joyce: Selected Readings
Marin Ireland, Isaiah Sheffer, Fritz Weaver, readers

Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata (1917)
Nurit Pacht, violin
Evelyne Crochet, piano


Words of the Lost Generation

Ernest Hemingway: From The Sun Also Rises (1926)
René Auberjonois, Marin Ireland, readers

--A Conversation with Trevor Gureckis moderated by Laura Kaminsky--

Trevor Gureckis: The Lost Generation (2012)
Nouveau Classical Project


A Portrait and a Poem

Gertrude Stein: "Erik Satie" and "A Movie"
Sonia Manzano, Rochelle Oliver, readers

Erik Satie (arr. Darius Milhaud), music, René Clair, film: Entr'acte (1924)
Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs, pianos


Portrait Pairings in Music and Word

Virgil Thomson: Miss Gertrude Stein as a Young Girl
Gertrude Stein: "Stein as a young girl"
Thomson: Pastorale: A Portrait of Tristan Tzara
Tristan Tzara: "Dada Is..."
Tzara: "To Make A Dadaist Poem"
Thomson: Persistently Pastoral: Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland: As it Fell Upon a Day
Thomson: Bugles and Birds: A Portrait of Pablo Picasso
Stein: "On Picasso"
Thomson: Dora Maar, or the Presence of Pablo Picasso
Jacques Prévert: "Picasso's Promenade"
Thomson: Alice Toklas
Stein: "What Does A Comma Do?"
John Cage: "Story" from Living Room Music

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Rita Wolf, Olga Merediz, René Auberjonois, David Rakoff,


Les Chansons Françaises

Michael Elmer: L'Accordéoniste (Edith Piaf)
Serge Gainsbourg: La Javanaise (Juliette Greco)
Henry Contet: Padam Padam (Edith Piaf)
Michel Legrand: Les Moulins de Mon Couer (Frida Boccara)
Jean Constantin: Mon Manège à Moi (Edith Piaf)
Floanne, vocals
Benjamin Ickies, accordion, piano


7:00pm Winetasting: A Guided Tour of the Wines of France

Wine consultant Nathan Semler leads a guided tour of 6 varietals (2 whites, 2 reds, 1 rose, 1 champagne) accompanied by French cheeses in the Thalia Studio.
Tickets required; available at the box office, Bar Thalia, or online here.

Harlem in Montmartre

Listen to Tamara Tunie and Gregory Generet bring the music of American jazz artists to life, followed by one of Stravinsky's scores for the Ballets Russes, Apollo. Take a walk through Paris, in a segmment hosted by Adam Gopnik, joined by the Wall to Wall Company of Readers who offer poetry by Langston Hughes, and segments from Hemingway's A Moveable Feast and Fitzgerald's Babylond Revisited before the grand finale - a dance jam on stage with Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra.

Georges Koger, Vincent Scotto, Henri Varna: J'ai Deux Amours
Fats Waller: Ain't MisBehavin'
Cole Porter: Anything Goes
Gershwin: Embraceable You
Cole Porter: It's Delovely
Gregory Generet, vocals
Tamara Tunie, vocals
Patti Kilroy, violin
Richard Germanson, piano
Matthew Rybicki, bass


Music for the Ballets Russes

Igor Stravinsky: Apollon Musagete (1928, revised 1947)
Artemis Chamber Ensemble
Matthew Oberstein, principal conductor


A Walk Through Gertrude's Paris, hosted by Adam Gopnik

Langston Hughes: From The Big Sea (1940) -"Montmartre"
Anita Loos: From Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) - "April 27th"
Ernest Hemingway: From A Moveable Feast (1964) - "Shakespeare and Company"
Cole Porter: "You Don't Know Paree" (1929)
F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Babylon Revisited" (1931)
Lincoln Kirstein: From An Early Diary
Virgil Thomson: "17 quai Voltaire" (1966)
Sylvia Beach: From her memoir Shakespeare and Company (1959)
Eric Poindexter, KT Sullivan, René Auberjonois, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Isaiah Sheffer, Fritz Weaver, Rochelle Oliver, readers

Jon Weber, piano


Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra

Alfred Bryan, Joseph Meyer: Blue River
Gus Kahn, Carmen Lombardo, John W. Green: Coquette
Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons, Richard Whiting: Breezin' Along With The Breeze
Peter DeRose, Albert Von Tilze: I'm Wondering Who
Mitchell Parish, Jack Hanna: What a Blue-Eyed Baby You Are
Dan Healy, Irving Kahal, Jimmy McHugh: The Baltimore
Walter Donaldson: There Ain't No Land Like Dixieland To Me
Walter Donaldson, Joe Burke: Just The Same
Harry Warren, Henry Creamer: Clementine (From New Orleans)
Fred Ahlert, Sam Lewis, Joe Young: There's A Cradle In Caroline
Harry Kerr, Paul Titsworth, Harold Bell: Give Me Today (And You Can Have Tomorrow)
Harry Woods: Paddlin' Madelin' Home
John Turner Layton, Henry Creamer: Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
Lew Brown, Dave Dreyer: (I Want To Be Known As) Susie's Feller
Donald Heywood, William Marion Cook: I'm Comin' Virginia
Bobby Heath, Alex Marr: Who's That Pretty Baby?
Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach: Who?


Dance Jam
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra
Roddy Caravella and Gretchen Fenston, dancers

Please note that times are approximate.


A complement to the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant Garde."

Special thanks to Zabar's for supporting the 2011/2012 season.