Archives for April 2013

Conference on Chartres Cathedral

Conference on Chartres Cathedral by Mark Stokle

Saturday, April 13 at 11am

MIIS, McGowan 102
411 Pacific Street, Monterey

Sponsored by Alliance Française de la Péninsule de Monterey, in partnership with MIIS, this free lecture in English is open to all. There is no need to reserve. A “Q&A” will follow this 50 minutes conference and those who wish can meet for lunch with guest speaker at Jack’s Restaurant

Mark Stokle was born in the United States of an English father and a French mother. He grew up in both languages. With a degree in ancient history from University of London, he worked for many years in the tourism sector in France (Versailles). He has always had a passion for history and French culture. Before arriving in Fresno, Mark resided in Chartres in the historic district near the cathedral. He currently teaches French at the Alliance Française of Fresno.

Despite several wars and natural disasters, the medieval cathedral of Chartres is one of the best preserved in France. Designated a historical monument of World Heritage by UNESCO in 1979, it is world renowned for its beautiful stained glass windows and unique iconography. Today it remains a center of pilgrimage that attracts thousands of Christians every year from around the world.

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Lunch at Jack’s Restaurant

1pm, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey
Lunch booking required before Wednesday, April 10, contact Pascale Richards-Deliens 831-333-6677 pascale.deliens @

Piano/Voice Recital

Piano/vocal recital with Melinda Coffey Armstead and Kirsten Kane

Sunday, April 7 at 3pm

Church in the Forest, Stevenson School
3152 Forest Lake Road
93953 Pebble Beach

Admission is by donation, adults $20 suggested, students free. 

There is no need to reserve.

One of our members, pianist Melinda Coffey Armstead accompanies her friend the mezzo-soprano Kirsten Kane of New York. Program:

  • Ravel’s songs cycle Sherazade and Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques
  • Romantic Russian Songs
  • Piano Solos from French and Russian composers

Many of you remember Melinda and her interpretation of the music of Francis Poulenc for “The Story of Babar” in collaboration with Pascale Richards at two performances last year at Pauline Cantin and Santa Catalina School.

For more information you can contact Melinda Coffey Armstead at