Over 500 people at the official launching of CD Saint-Exupéry in Toulouse
On November 14th 2015, I had the priviledge to do the official launching of my CD Saint-Exupéry: de cœur, de sable et d’étoiles at gala of the 6th Edition of the Festival des étoiles et des ailes which was held at the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse.
This short video shows an excerpt of the launching. Festival competition books and films Awards were presented at the gala. Over 500 people attended the gala.
The ceremony was held in the wake of the attacks in Paris. At the opening of the event, the audience took a minute of silence to pay their tribute to the victims. The city of Toulouse is particularly touched as they also have been in such a critical situation in March 2012. This was quite moving.
I wish 2016 will show solidarity between people as humanity needs it so much. As Saint-Exupéry wrote :
“Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.”
Louis Babin wishes to thank the following organisms : the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for it financial support in order to get to Toulouse; the Festival des étoiles et des ailes for the presentation at the gala and the hospitality; the Foundation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry pour la jeunesse for it participation to the album project.
On November 14th, I will have the pleasure of officially releasing my album Saint-Exupery: of Heart, Sand, and Stars during the Gala of the sixth edition of the Aerospace Festival Des Étoiles et des Ailes at the Cité de l’Espace of Toulouse. The Pink City is the cradle of aeronautics and spatial exploration in France.
The annual gala takes place under the patronage of Alexey Leonov, Soviet cosmonaut, Michel Tognini, test pilot and astronaut, Jean-Luc Moudenc, mayor of Toulouse, president of Toulouse Métropole and president of the Cité de l’Espace, as well as Catherine Gay, president of the Association des Étoiles et des Ailes. The Saint-Exupery Youth Foundation, to which I donate part of my album’s sales, will also be present.
During the gala, I will present my symphonic poem, inspired by the life and work of author and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The 300 guests of this VIP soiree will then hear the first movement of my work and be able to purchase a copy of my album.
The Saint-Exupery album will also be available for purchase at the Comic and Book Fair of the Festival. It will also give me the opportunity to meet some of this unique festival’s 25 000 annual visitors .
On May 5th, conductor Boris Brott will introduce La Suite du Promeneur to the McGill Chamber Orchestra’s program. Louis Babin and Brott will be reunited 23 years after the work’s initial creation by the Orchestre de l’Isle, which the maestro conducted at the time.
The concert will take place in the magnificent Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Bourgie Hall at 20:00.
La Suite du Promeneur has been performed by many orchestras since its inception and broadcasted in numerous countries. La Suite appeals to the listener’s heart and his desire to live life to the fullest. As Louis Babin observes in the program notes,
“Do not be a mere spectator. Do not be afraid of mistakes. Go to the end with the undoubted satisfaction of not being outdone by life.”
Boris Brott, Louis Babin, as well as Belgian violinist and guest soloist Marc Bouchkov, will take part in a discussion preceding the concert, at 18:30. Bouchkov won the First Prize at the 12th Montreal International Musical Competition.
Selected works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky will also be performed.