Free Concert Honors Notre-Dame de Paris

The San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, American Bach Soloists and others to perform at Grace Cathedral concert commemorating the iconic cathedral.

On April 15, the world stood in shock, grief and disbelief as the iconic Notre-Dame de Paris, which has been called “the soul of France,” was severely damaged by fire.

To commemorate the cathedral’s importance to France, Mayor London N. Breed, the French Consulate and Grace Cathedral are holding a solidarity concert on Monday, April 29,th at 6 p.m. It will be at Grace Cathedral and is free and open to the public. The San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, American Bach Soloists, Johann Vexo, the organist from the Notre-Dame de Paris, and others will perform.

“San Francisco is proud to stand in solidarity with the people of Paris, our sister city, and the world to celebrate the beauty, spirit and resilience of Notre-Dame de Paris,” says Mayor Breed.

“Watching Notre Dame de Paris engulfed in flames was a shock for all Paris lovers,” says Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul General of France. “Beyond a monument and an architectural masterpiece, it is a part of the world history of art and our common identity that was being damaged. I am very grateful to San Francisco Mayor London Breed for the organization of this concert at Grace Cathedral and would like to acknowledge all the many ways of support that we have received during the past week. This concert will allow all of us to find comfort in the beauty of music, and the strength to move on to the phase of reconstruction of our beloved cathedral.”

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