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American Friends of Les Arts Florissants


The American Friends of Les Arts Florissants, a 501(c)3 charitable corporation, was established in 2012 to strengthen the ties between Les Arts Florissants  and American audiences, musicians and singers.

By raising funds in the United States, American Friends supports the full range of activities of Les Arts Florissants, including international and U.S. tours, concerts, recitals, recordings, events such as the Dans les Jardins de William Christie festival held annually in the Vendée region of France, and the development of a permanent artistic venue in the Vendée. The American Friends also help to provide training and education through various initiatives—including the annual Jardin des Voix program for young singers and the partnership with The Juilliard School in New York— to preserve and disseminate European music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Based in France, the internationally acclaimed Baroque vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants was founded in 1979 by Franco-American conductor William Christie. Under Christie’s extraordinary leadership and unparalleled artistic vision, Les Arts Florissants has played a pioneering role in rediscovering and reenergizing France’s Baroque repertoire, developing new French and American talent, and bringing exciting and fresh musical performances to a wide range of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Facts about Les Arts Florissants

> The French Ensemble Les Arts Florissants has pioneered, researched, presented and expanded the audience for French Baroque music through more than 2,100 concerts, recitals and fully staged opera performances over 36 years. 165 of these took place in the United States, and close to 100 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center in New York.

> The Ensemble takes its name from the short opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Les Arts Florissants (The flourishing Arts).

> A key ambassador for French culture, Les Arts Florissants is one of the most renowned and respected early music groups in Europe and around the world.

> Performances range from chamber music to full orchestra and staged and semi-staged opera featuring more than 70 musicians, singers, soloists and dancers.

> Dedicated to performance on period instruments, the Ensemble is largely responsible for the resurgence of interest in 17th century French repertoire as well as in European music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

> More than 90 recordings and 20 DVDs are available.

> Les Arts Florissants is led by a trio of experts: celebrated harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist and teacher William Christie is Les Arts Florissants’ Musical Director and founder; renowned tenor Paul Agnew is Associate Musical Director and Associate Conductor; and prominent conductor, cellist and keyboardist Jonathan Cohen is Associate Conductor.

Why you should become a friend of Les Arts Florissants 

Les Arts Florissants needs the additional support of generous donors like you to pursue its artistic and educational mission and strengthen its ties to the United States.

Becoming an American Friend of Les Arts Florissants is an investment in the future. It allows you to take a significant role in the organization’s activities and become part of a unique musical adventure. As an American Friend, you contribute to a vital cultural heritage, providing Americans and performing arts lovers the world over the opportunity to discover and enjoy the world-class performances of Les Arts Florissants and the most beautiful Baroque music. You support young talents and watch them grow into tomorrow’s rising stars, and ensure that Les Arts Florissants continues to flourish, as its name suggests.

Where your donation goes

Your donations will fund Les Arts Florissants’ education, outreach and artist training programs, including:

  • Ongoing touring across North America and throughout the world.
  • Les Arts Florissants’ unique collaboration with The Juilliard School, which builds bridges between Europe and the United States.
  • Development of a new generation of singers through Le Jardin des Voix, a coveted training program for young professional singers from all over the world. Since its inception in 2002, Le Jardin des Voix has provided 50 singers from 16 countries with their first major performing experience.
  • Assistance to Les Arts Flos Juniors, a program that enables students from French-speaking conservatoires to join selected performances with the Orchestra or Chorus each season.
  • Presentation of Dans les Jardins de William Christie and development of a permanent artistic venue in the Vendée. Since 2012, this annual summer music festival brings together Les Arts Florissants, Christie’s students from The Juilliard School in New York, Arts Flo Juniors and laureates of Le Jardin des Voix for concerts and musical promenades in the lush greenery of William Christie’s gardens, a French “Monument Historique”.

Every gift helps!

Make yours today and keep the passion for Baroque flourishing!

Visionaries (1,2,3,4,5,6,7) $50,000 and more

Leaders (1,2,3,4,5) ($25,000 to $49,999)

Benefactors (1,2,3,4) - ($10,000 to $24,999)

Patrons (1,2,3) ($1,500 to $9,999)

Supporters (1,2) ($500-$1499)

Friends (1) ($100-$499)


1 Acknowledgement in all American Friends public materials (webpage for Friends level)
2 Priority invitations to American Friends special events/activities
3 Invitation to a dinner with William Christie, Paul Agnew or Jonathan Cohen 
4 Customized service in planning annual visit to the Festival 
5 Priority seating at concerts
6 Invitation to concert rehearsals
7 Priority invitation to Patron travel events

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Board members

Françoise Girard, Chair 

Susan L. Baker, Treasurer 

Sydney Houghton Weinberg, Secretary 

Nizam Kettaneh

Helen Little

Bernard Selz 

For more information please contact

Pascal Nadon 
Pascal Nadon Communications 
4545 Center Blvd, Apt 4006
Long Island City, NY 11109

Phone: 646-234-7088 
Email: pascal@pascalnadon.com

American Friends 2017 Patrons

Visionaries ($50,000 and more) 

Françoise Girard and David Knott
Florence Gould Foundation
The Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation
The Selz Foundation
Sidney J. Weinberg Jr. Foundation

Leaders ($25,000 to $49,999) 

Susan Baker and Michael Lynch
Helen and William Little
The Versailles Foundation, Inc

Benefactors ($10,000 to $24,999) 

Norman S. Benzaquen
Bruce and Christine Crawford
Mary Sharp Cronson
Michel and Hélène David-Weill
Nizam Kettaneh
Charles and Jessie Price
Katharine and William Rayner

Patrons ($1,500 to $9,999) 

Mercedes T. Bass
Sarah Billinghurst and Howard Solomon
Elward M. Bressett
Noreen and Kenneth Buckfire
Joan Hardy Clark
Daniel C. Cochran and Greg Sutphin
Paul J. and Carol H. Collins
Thomas L. Colville
Marina Couloucoundis
Jennie L. and Richard K. DeScherer
Misook Doolittle
Marilyn and Lawrence Friedland
Nomi Ghez and Michael Siegal
Anne and Alain Goldrach
Joan Granlund
Susan Gutfreund
Bruce Horten and Aaron Lieber
Alice and David Hunt
Susan and Peter Kessler
Bruce and Suzie Kovner
James Marlas and
Marie Nugent-Head Marlas Nancy O’Boyle
Theodore C. and Elizabeth B. Rogers
Eileen Rosenau
Naomi Seligman
Hume R. Steyer
Kimberly V. Strauss
Allyson Tang

Supporters ($500-$1499) 

Judith H. Auchincloss
William L. Bernhard
Lois Conway
Mary-Sargent D’Anglejan
Janet Desforges
Joseph Disponzio
Shayne T. Doty
Marie-Pierre and Michael Ellmann
Emily T. Frick
David Fuller and Alan Gerstman
Dorothy Tapper Goldman
Howard Hawkins and Linda Whitmarsh
Marife Hernandez and Joel Bell
Paula S. Lawrence
Harry Lee and Clive Potter
Aimee and William Maroney
Wendy A. McCain
Marta Nottebohm
Marnie S. Pillsbury
Louis Raymond
Odile de Schiétère-Longchampt and Michel Longchampt
Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson
Margery Arent Safir
Elizabeth Tunick
Margriet Van Houtte and Ferdinand Verdonck
Shirley Young US-China Cultural Institute
Aspasia Zoumas

Friends ($100-$499)

Deborah Mintz
John Lipsky
Kue Lor
Macy's - Bloomingdale's
Eunice Williams

This list includes all support received from Oct. 25, 2016 to Sept. 18, 2017