8.7.13

Salle Gaveau


I rather recently made a post about the concert hall “Salle Pleyel”. A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to visit another well-known concert hall in Paris, “Salle Gaveau”.

Like “Pleyel”, “Gaveau” was an important piano manufacturer, established by J.G. Gaveau in 1847. In 1960 “Gaveau” merged with “Erard” and then, for a while, their pianos were produced by “Schimmel”. Today a French company owns the three brands “Erard”, "Pleyel” and “Gaveau”. A very limited number of “Gaveau” pianos are still produced.

The building with the “Salle Gaveau” opened in 1907 and included also the manufacturer’s headquarters. When “Gaveau” went bankrupt in the 1960’s, the building failed to disappear and to be replaced by  a car parking place, but was finally saved by private investors - also music lovers. The concert hall was later restored, with an effort to reestablish the original 1907 design, and opened again in 2001. Its capacity has always been limited to about 1000 seats. (The seats are really nice and quite comfortable!)




The reason I was there was to watch some kind of – almost three hours’ - musical show organized by the school my grand-kids attend. With the rest of the family I was a proud grandpa! 





12 comments:

Olivier said...

c'est une superbe salle, avec une tres bonne acoustique. bon reportage sur ce concert

Virginia said...

When you said "three hours" I knew it must be a school musicale! Only proud family and especially the proud grandpapa would sit through all that! I wish I could find Paloma's sweet face in the group but I'm afraid she's grown up like my Eva!

What a special treat for the children to perform in such a memorable venue.

Great post Peter.
V

Starman said...

Another great post by the Master!

Nadege said...

The kids are gorgeous and it must have been so wonderful to be there watching your grandkids perform!

Jeanie said...

You're so lucky to have the grandkids nearby -- I bet it was a treat to see them perform -- especially in this gorgeous venue!

Pierre BOYER said...

Intéressant...

Pierre

Anonymous said...

Fifth photo from bottom, left hand

side...maybe I see Paloma?

Near the Highland Piper with the

gray tartan skirt?

Beautiful post, Peter!

P.S. As far as I'm concerned,

after playing a Kawai Grand, the

other piano brands can go take a

break...just saying...

Cezar and Léia said...

wow that organ is magnificent!What a fabulous event, how lucky you are my friend!Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures!
hugs
Léia

Daryl said...

such fabulous photos .. i am drawn in by the detail

Studio at the Farm said...

It's such a beautiful old theatre. I am very happy to read that it was NOT converted to a car dealership!!!

M said...

How fantastic to have such a lovely venue for school performances! And what a blessing to have such talented grand kids! All the children in your photos are beautiful! I am so glad they restored this hall --- the organ is fabulous!

claude said...

Non mais § Avoir voulu faire un parking à la place de Gaveau, faut pas en avoir trop dans le cerveau.
Heureusement que certaines personnes se battent pour sauvegarder notre patrimoine.