“Singer-actor Charles Davidson, Performer, Jesse Corrigan, accordion, and Tom Richards, piano, present their acclaimed tribute to the renowned Parisian singer born Monique Andree Serf, known to her legions of fans as Barbara. Theatrical songs of melancholy and lost love, full of wit, include the famous melodies "Ma plus belle histoire d'amour c'est vous", "Gottingen," and "L'aigle noir". First presented at Jewish Music Week Toronto in 2016, it's an intimate cabaret-inspired performance not to be missed.
$20 adults/$10 under 18
Monique Andree Serf overcame childhood abuse and the trauma of living in hiding during WWII, developing an innate musical talent and working her way to become a French icon. She took her stage name from her grandmother, Varvara Brodsky, a native of Odessa, Russian Empire. Studying first at the Ecole Supérieure de Musique, then, when money was an issue, dropping out to sing at sing at "La Fontaine des Quatre Saisons," a popular Paris cabaret, Barbara was taken under the wing of Jacques Brel.
Influenced originally by songwriters Mireille and Pierre MacOrlan, she developed her own style and the writing of her own songs transformed her image into that of a unique singer-songwriter. In the 1960s, she wrote her landmark song, "Ma plus belle histoire d'amour c'est vous" ("My Most Beautiful Love Story Is You"), and others for which she remains famous such as "L'aigle noir", "Nantes", "La solitude", "Göttingen" and "Une petite cantate."
Barbara went on to tour the world, appearing regularly on variety shows, and enjoying a small acting career. Barbara was an LGBT ally when it was gravely needed; in the latter part of the 1980s she became active in the fight against AIDS, donating the proceeds of her song 'SID'Amour à mort' to ACT-UP Paris. She gave out condoms at performances, and with the permission of President Mitterand, visited prisons to help give comfort to dying prisoners.
Upon her death in 1997, Jacques Chirac remarked, "She was talent, intensity, stage presence, passion, the passion of her words and rhythms, but also pure passion."“