Ensemble Faenza

Marco Horvat founded ensemble Faenza – named after the famous early fifteenth–century musical manuscript, the Codex Faenza – in 1996, originally to focus on the medieval repertoire. Their first concert, based on music from that manuscript, was given in Paris at the Cité de la Musique (now Cité de la Musique-Philharmonie de Paris). With Faenza, Marco set out to explore the music of the ancien régime – the political and social system of France before the Revolution of 1789 – endeavoring to rediscover the spirit rather than the letter: whatever our degree of knowledge of historical sources, we can only reinvent, using the insufficient evidence that has come down to us in the form of scores, treatises, literary sources or iconographic materials. Marco's reflection focuses on the relationship between the audience and the performers on stage. The formal nature of the traditional concert, inherited from the nineteenth century, was not at all suited to repertoires conceived in and for convivial circles, of which the world had not lost track, but had lost the practice. That resulted in interactive concert forms. To develop such an approach, ensemble Faenza brought together a team of accomplished musicians capable of moving with ease from instrument to song, from song to speech, from the entre-soi of Baroque musicians to interaction with the audience.

Upcoming Events


Dancing Off The Page with Musette Suzette

In-person French party in English and in French

Saturday, March 2, 2024 7:00 PM To 9:30 PM

Looking for that perfect Saturday night plan? Kick-off your weekend with our beloved Dancing Off the Page! Move to the beat while you enjoy live music, wine, and French delicatessen. Bring your loved one or come alone to meet new friends! Let’s party en français !

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Friday, February 23, 2024 2:00 PM To 3:00 PM

Seeking opportunities to speak French? Join us online for our popular members-only conversation gathering.

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Story Time

L'Heure du Conte

French story time!

Saturday, February 24, 2024 11:30 AM To 12:00 PM

We invite parents and children to gather in the children's room of our library for a magical story time in French!

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