This year would have marked the 100th birthday of famed French cabaret singer Édith Piaf, whose 1946 hit “La Vie en Rose” captured the optimism of a society emerging from World War II and launched Piaf to international stardom.
As a tribute to the work of Piaf and the French chanson tradition, chanteuse Siri Vik will perform her cabaret concert, “La Vie en Rouge” the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Saturday, Jan. 31.
“Édith Piaf was, with her voice, expression and passion, the embodiment of a great fulcrum point in the grand and tender, ancient tradition of French popular song: the chanson,” Vik said. “At the midway point of the 20th century, she was the culmination of generations of wild, sometimes tortured, and supremely artistic cabaret singers — women and men who dared to bring the grit and sensuality and sheer emotion of real life to the stage. Piaf was warrior and a tramp. She lived large — dangerously and fearlessly, spiritually; on the edge of all the blessings and tragedies one life could hope to hold. We celebrate this life and this voice — a voice which spoke for so many.”
Like Piaf’s classic chanson “La Vie en Rose,” Vik’s cabaret “La Vie en Rouge,” celebrates all that is bold and raw, grand and nostalgic, tender and beautiful in the music and memory of Piaf and her fellow French chansonniers.
The performance, part of the center’s Weekender Concert Series, features Vik accompanied by Nathalie Fortin on piano and accordion; Jesse Cloninger on reeds and melodica; Dusty Carlson on bass; Nick Hamel on guitar; and Adam Carlson on drums.
Tickets for “La Vie en Rouge” are $18 in advance and $20 at the door and available by calling 541-994-9994 or online at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.
Doors will open at 6:30 pm with the music starting at 7 pm, 540 NE Hwy. 101.
A selection of Northwest beers and wines, My Petite Sweet cookies and bars and Mountain Man savory snacks will be sold before the show and during intermission.