22nd season's achievements

The COGE tries to give to each one of its seasons an impulse and an original set of themes which brings to each one of our members and to our public a renewed pleasure, while prolonging and perpetuating the original dash which animates us. In this respect, the 22nd season will not have neglected this tradition as shown by this year's many achievements.

Ode to the Joy within the framework of the Meetings for Europe of culture

PALAIS ROYALCOGE's Chamber Formation interpreting the Ode to the Joy of Beethoven, Monday May 2nd, 2005 at the Royal Palace.

Answering the Minister of Culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres's invitation, the choir and orchestra of the COGE's chamber formation had the privilege to interpret the Ode to the Joy of Beethoven during the evening of Monday May 2, 2005 in the main courtyard of the Royal Palace in festivity closure organized for the Meetings for Europe of culture, joining together the majority of the Ministers of Culture of the 25 European Community countries, the president of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Luxembourg, Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission and more than 500 personalities of cultural Europe (Barbara Hendricks, Teresa Berganza, Umberto Eco, Jeanne Moreau, Peter Sloterdijk, Marc Fumaroli, Jacqueline de Romilly, etc...).


Listen to the Ode to the Joy recorded in concert by COGE.

The performance of the European hymn concluded a sounds and lights show consisting in a sound intervention in twenty European languages accompanied by images projected on the frontage of the Council of State assembling characters, flags, works resulting from European painting and quotations chosen by artists and creators of the 25 Community countries European.

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Formation de Chambre du COGE interprétant l'Ode à la Joie de Beethoven, le lundi 2 mai 2005 au Palais Royal. Reportage du 13h de France2 du mardi 3 Mai 2005

Two tours

In addition to our Parisian concerts, our two principal formations had the opportunity to perform their respective program during two tours in Belfort and Lyon:

FIMU BelfortBelfort 14, May 15 and 16 during the International Festival of University Music in Belfort (FIMU). The symphonic Formation, gathering more than 200 performers, was pleased to inaugurate a program of great Opera pieces by two composers of XIXth century Wagner and Verdi, in Belfort during a university tour, greeted by a subject on Franche Comté television edition of the 19/20 France3;, Sunday May 15, 2005: "In 20 years of existence the COGE largely exceeded the stage of leisure music. [...] It became one of the best amateur orchestras in Paris."

Lyon 25th and 26th of June atSt Bonaventure Church (Lyon 2ème), where the Chamber Formation, gathering more than 100 executants, will give the Creation by Haydn.

Four concerts within prestigious educational establishments

The COGE tries to give to each one of its seasons an impulse and an original set of themes which brings to each one of our members and to our public a renewed pleasure, while prolonging and perpetuating the original dash which animates us. In this respect, the 22nd season will not have neglected this tradition as shown by this year's many achievements. Participation in the Meetings for Europe of... this year has been the occasion to consolidate the anchoring of our association among the student world. During four concerts given in Great Schools or universities, the COGE reaffirmed its first vocation : "to bring classical music in student world and grant academic and artistic course ":

Two caritative concerts

In addition to its artistic vocation, the COGE and its young members express their interest in social causes by giving engagement and implication inside our community. The COGE is involved since its creation in many charity associations to support their efforts and developmentThe COGE tries to give to each one of its seasons an impulse and an original set of themes which brings to each one of our members and to our public a renewed pleasure, while prolonging and perpetuating the original dash which animates us. In this respect, the 22nd season will not have neglected this tradition as shown by this year's many achievements. Participation in the Meetings for Europe of...
ENVOL, a non-profitable organisation ("Loi de 1901") created in 1994, aims to give hope and joy to children suffering from severe sickness, and encourage them to fight. First year of its creation, the COGE Vocal Ensemble chooses to support the Envol's cause. All the benefits from the 14th of April 2005 concert in St Severin church (a musical journey called "Europa cantat") have been donated to the ENVOL organisation.

The COGE rendez vous with AIRG (Association for Information and Research on Renal and Genetic illnesses) is, since June 2004, annual. All the benefits from the 20th of June 2004 and 12th of June 2005 concerts in the Pitie Salpetriere church been donated to AIRG.AIRG is a non-profitable organisation ("Loi de 1901") created in 1988 which gathers patients suffering from renal hereditary illnesses. Its goal is to ensure a wide diffusion of medical information, support patients in their burden and help research.

Atout choeur

The COGE tries to give to each one of its seasons an impulse and an original set of themes which brings to each one of our members and to our public a renewed pleasure, while prolonging and perpetuating the original dash which animates us. In this respect, the 22nd season will not have neglected this tradition as shown by this year's many achievements. Participation in the Meetings for Europe of...

The 22nd season inaugurates the birth of a new formation entirely dedicated to acapella music: the Vocal Ensemble. Constituted of 16 singers, the Vocal Ensemble is dedicated to explore the a capella repertoire, and more specifically ancient and baroque music.

Under Nicolas Pommier's direction, singers have experimented great pieces such as Jesu, meine Freude of Johann Sebastian Bach and Hear My prayer of Henry Purcell, and more intimate pieces rarely performed in concerts such as the Missa quartet vocum of Domenico Scarlatti, the Crux fidelis of Joao IV of Portugal....

Europa Cantat is a journey in time and space (all over Renaissance and baroque Europe, from french to german music, across English or Italian tones. It's an authentic invitation to travel!


Listen to Hör mein Bitten of Mendelssohn performed by the Chamber Chorus

Two other choirs (symphonic choir and chamber choir) are not left aside and special care has been given this year to associate choirs and orchestras life harmoniously. The stress on the work of the choirs was reinforced this year thanks to our partnership with the vocal mission of ARIAM Ile de France which allowed us to have vocal techniques lessons, in addition to programmed choir rehearsals. This partnership with a network of professors and of choral professionals allowed singers to deepen them vocal improvement and invest themselves to work their voice.

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Supporting the contemporary creations

In addition to musical masterpieces performances, the COGE brings its support to contemporary creations as shown this year with the worldwide Creation Miserere Nobis, piece for choir and electroacoustic device, composed by Jean-Philippe CALVIN, interpreted one first time at the Cité de la Musique (19e) and in St Etienne du Mount Church (Paris 5), during the first half of 2005. This project could be achieved thanks to concerted efforts of the CDMC (Centre de Documentations de la Musique Contemporaine), and the CCMIX (Center for the Composition of Music Iannis Xenakis), crossroads of instrumental music and electroacoustic meeting.The COGE tries to give to each one of its seasons an impulse and an original set of themes which brings to each one of our members and to our public a renewed pleasure, while prolonging and perpetuating the original dash which animates us. In this respect, the 22nd season will not have neglected this tradition as shown by this year's many achievements. Participation in the Meetings for Europe of...

Participating atypical projects

BBCAt the end of July 2005, the COGE lent its contest to the BBC for the realization and filming of a history documentary recalling the circumstances of the creation of the national hymn, "the Marseillaise". This project was declined into two shutters: the creation and the interpretation of an original symphonic arrangement of "the Marseillaise" arranged by our musical director Vsevolod POLONSKY and interpreted by the choir and orchestra of the COGE. Moreover, the filming team of the BBC directed during two days of filming in Paris and in a castle of Yvelines the sequences of historical reconstitutions and scenes in historic clothes. This documentary will be broadcasted during autumn 2006 in the United Kingdom on BBC 2 channel and in the United States on public cultural channel PBS (Public Broadcasting System) within the framework of the series of emissions "The Power of Art".The COGE tries to give to each one of its seasons an impulse and an original set of themes which brings to each one of our members and to our public a renewed pleasure, while prolonging and perpetuating the original dash which animates us. In this respect, the 22nd season will not have neglected this tradition as shown by this year's many achievements. Participation in the Meetings for Europe of...The COGE with its Vocal Ensemble participated to lyrical and symphonic Starmania production, performed in Palace of Congress in Paris from 22nd of January to 4th of February 2005.

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