Archives for April 2014

Baroque Music Concert

to benefit the scholarship fund

Sunday, April 27, 4:30 p.m.

Katie Clare Mazzeo (harpsichord) and Penny Hanna (viola da gamba)

Our member Katie Clare Mazzeo generously opens her beautiful house and offers a concert to allow our Alliance to raise funds for scholarships.

The program includes composers from the court of Versailles and beyond: Boismortier, Marin Marais, François Couperin, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Louis de Caix of Hervelois and a sing-a-long for the spectators!

Katie Clare Mazzeo began her career as a pianist but fell in love with the harpsichord and since it enjoys and performs harpsichord music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Penny Hanna began her career as a bassist and discovered the viola da gamba later. She also sings and plays the pipe in various styles of popular music. She is an enthusiastic aficionado of 14th century music.

Refreshments and snacks will be served after the concert.

Suggested Donation $15.00.

RSVP to Pauline Cantin, 831-375-1801,

The Darker Side of Napoleon

by Norman Stokle

Saturday, April 12 at 11am
MIIS, Morse Building B104, Van Buren Street

Conference 70mn in English in partnership with MIIS followed by a “questions and answers”

Dr. Stokle will explore several areas of the life of Napoleon, how the events of his early life have influenced his subsequent actions and relationships. Separating fact from fiction, he will explain how Napoleon built his own legend.

Norman Stokle was born and raised in England. He spent most of his life teaching the French, French culture and literature in American universities as well as Paris. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

This event is open to all. Come with your family and friends and let them discover the Alliance Française.

RSVP with Pascale Richards, 831 324 0101,

Suggested Donation to grow the scholarship fund. Those who wish can meet after the conference for lunch with the speaker at Jack’s Restaurant.