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Cello + Piano in Paris 9/4: Auguste Franchomme + Chopin. American Cathedral


Dear Franchomme Fans:

I’ll be performing music from The Franchomme Project CD in Paris with Hélène Jeanney on September 4th. The most renowned French cellist of the 19th century, Auguste Franchomme was the dear friend and preferred musical partner of Chopin, and a fine composer himself. We’ll perform works found in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France that have been out of print and rarely (if ever) played in Paris since Franchomme’s death, including two works not on our album. Three direct descendants of Franchomme will be present at the concert. Admission by donation, pay what you wish.

Venue, Contact, Time:
The American Cathedral in Paris, 23 avenue George V, 75008 Paris (depicted in the painting above from 1890)
Phone: 06 72 01 31 61
September 4th, 2016, 4 pm- 450 pm, no intermission.
located in the 8th arrondissement in central Paris: closest metro stations are Alma-Marceau and George V.
Info en français below*
If you are in Paris on Sept. 4th, we hope to see you!
Louise Dubin

More info about Franchomme, as well as our recent reviews including those in Strings Magazine, American Record Guide (US), The Strad and Music Web International (England), and ClassiqueNews,, and an interview conducted by Philippe Muller for Le Violoncelle (France) here:

*Annoncant mon concert a Paris le 4 septembre, 1600, à la Cathédrale Américaine de Paris, avec la musique composée par Auguste Franchomme et son cher ami Chopin. La pianiste Hélène Jeanney qui joue avec moi à Paris joue aussi sur notre album, The Franchomme Project (Delos). Plus info:

Thalia Bar NYC tonight

Come here Franchomme’s Etude #2, and his Caprices #1 and #9 tonight, as well as some solo Bach. I’m playing at Thalia Bar, 95th and Broadway, NYC tonight~7:20 pm no cover! They sell nice beers, wines, cocktails and snacks which go well with Franchomme. The music goes from 7-10ish. Other sets feature Trio 826, Hannah Holman’s string trio, and songwriter chanteur Nic Arp.

Oct. 9: Franchomme Project CD Worldwide Release, + NY Concert Added!

Today, The Franchomme Project album (Delos Label) became available worldwide, through Naxos distributors.  You can also buy @, where your purchase goes directly to the artists, and includes a bonus cello duo not on the CD.  (We ship everywhere, and also have a limited-edition T-shirt available!).  Franchomme Hi Rez artwork

In early 2016, Dover Publications will release a volume of Franchomme’s cello-piano compositions  with my introduction.  Included in the score are several pieces also on the album–including his Nocturnes Op. 15, Caprice sur Preciosa, and Chopin arrangements– and other facsimiles of his first publications (which include Franchomme’s fascinating fingerings!)

Our two September concerts were both Time Out NY Critic’s Picks, and now we’ve added a date! Please see for info about our 10/18 gig at Mezzrow in the West Village (we’re an opener for Bucky Pizzarelli!)

The Franchomme Project CD release TODAY + KDFC-FM San Francisco CD of the Week!

I’m thrilled to announce today’s release of The Franchomme Project CDAuguste Franchomme was the finest French cellist of the 19th century, a great friend of Chopin, and a masterful composer himself.  Many of his pieces receive their premiere recordings on our album, where I join forces with the fabulous musicians Julie Bruskin, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Katherine Cherbas, Andrea Lam, and Hélène Jeanney.

Listen to samples of 5 tracks off of The Franchomme Project CD,  released today, September 11th, on the Delos/Naxos label!

We’re proud to have been chosen CD of the week by San Francisco’s KDFC-FM, the Bay Area’s classical music station. You can tune in anywhere in the Bay Area to hear selected tracks broadcast all day, all this week, or stream anywhere @

You can purchase the CD (as well as a T-shirt) at Purchasing here means the proceeds go directly to the artists.

Le Projet est “CD de La Semaine” sur radio classique San Francisco

Plus Infos En Français

September Release of the Franchomme Project Album!

FP CD cover

Kind Readers,

I’m thrilled to announce the September release of the Franchomme Project album on the Delos label!  You can read about it in the Naxos USA/Canada catalog  and you can buy it now at  The album will be released in Europe and Asia in October.  It includes spiffy art by Sonna Kim, liner notes by me, and a lovely French translation of my liner notes by Denys C. (a great-great-grandson of Franchomme).

Check out hi-rez audio samples (24-bit WAV file) from 5 tracks here:

We’ll be playing two concerts in my hometown, New York City, to celebrate:

The first concert, at the landmark John Street Church, features all four cellists on the album—Julie Bruskin, Kathy Cherbas, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, and me—performing rarely heard cello quartets and duos composed by Auguste Franchomme. Among the highlights: a piece written the same year that this church was completed (1841), Franchomme’s soulful nocturnes for cello duo, and three cello quartets that I’ve transcribed from Franchomme’s unpublished manuscripts.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 19th, 7:30 pm concert followed by garden reception with artists

ADDRESS: John Street Church, 44 John Street, New York, NY. Subways: 2/3/4/5/A/C/J/Z

COST: $15 online, $20 at the door. Buy online here:

CONTACT:, (212) 269-0014

Our second concert features some of Franchomme’s best music for cello and piano, which I’ll be performing with pianist Hélène Jeanney (also featured on the album). We’ll also play Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise, with Franchomme’s version of the cello part (which he modified with Chopin’s approval).  I’ll share some juicy stories I’ve unearthed about these pieces. (More of this research can be found in my introduction to the volume of Franchomme’s early editions that will be published by Dover Publications in November; you can pre-order this at Amazon and on my website.) We’ll be performing in Trinity Church’s new Allegro Sunday Lecture-Recital Series at St. Paul’s Chapel, the oldest surviving church built in Manhattan.

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 27th, 2 PM

ADDRESS: St Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway, New York, NY Subways: 2/3/4/5/A/C/J/Z train

COST: Free!


You will be able to purchase the album at either concert, or pre-order on Amazon or at  Orders made through my website include an exclusive cello duo track not included on the Delos release.

If you’re in Manhattan, we hope to see you at one of these concerts to celebrate with you in person!

All my best,

Louise Dubin

Louise plays Franchomme and Fibich!

Happy Halloween!  Now a post for my own November 9th performance of Franchomme’s Variations on an Irish Air, and the ebullient Fibich Quintet, with four fabulous musicians.  Concerts in the Heights will perform this program in the elegant, intimate salon setting of the Morris Jumel Mansion.

Sunday, November 9,  3:00PM

Morris Jumel Mansion

65 Jumel Terrace, New York City (one block east of St. Nicholas  Avenue btw 160th and 162nd Streets)

Tickets ($35, $30 members, $15 students, seniors) include light refreshments. Call 212 923 8008 for advance sales.


More from CITH:  

National Romanticism and Immigrant Nations
This concert explores National-romanticism; a movement where an awareness of cultural heritage and folk-expression blends with the refinement of “high art”. We will trace this concept through several localities on their way to the ultimate immigrant nation of the United States. The focal point of the performance is the complete rendition of the rarely heard Quintet by Zdenek Fibich; a perfect example of a Czech composer using the classical forms combined with the nostalgia of melodies and harmonies from his homeland. Also featuring solo piano works by Chopin and Auguste Franchomme’s Variations on an Irish Theme for cello and piano.  Presented by CITH co-founders Violinist Monica Bauchwitz and Hornist Karl Kramer; Clarinetist Alan Kay; Cellist Louise Dubin; and Pianist Spencer Myer.

More about Franchomme’s Variations on an Irish Air (from Op. 25, published in 1841) in an upcoming post!