Classical music concerts in Paris

Our guide to the best classical concerts and venues in the capital

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Catholic chants under Charlemagne, Gabriel Fauré's 'Requiem' premiered at La Madeleine, Olivier Messiaen playing birdsong on the organ of the Sainte-Trinité... France boasts one of the great classical music traditions in the world, and Paris has witnessed some of its most magical moments. Today, the classical music scene thrives in the form of scores of concerts and venues, running the gamut from sacred choral music in Medieval churches to contemporary performances in cutting-edge media centres. Read on for our guide to the best classical and opera to be found in the city.

Our picks of the season

Le Sacre du Printemps

'The Rite of Spring', Stravinsky's pulsating modernist ballet, fêted its centennary in 2013, but Roméo Castellucci has kept us hanging for an extra year. A long time in the works, the Italian artist's production promises to be as radical as Stravinsky's work was a hundred years ago. For starters, the dancers are gone, replaced – we kid you not – by a swirling cloud of ground animal bone, whipped and steered across the stage through a complex digital mechanism. What sounds

  1. 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Wed Dec 10 - Sun Dec 14
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Susie Blanckenberg
Susie Blanckenberg

Are there any classical music performances/recitals planned for the 1st week of September? If so how do I find out about them?