French Connection: Les Belles Chanson Francais
March 18. Another installment of the ongoing French Connection series at Bard College's Fisher Center, this concert brings together French jazz vocalist Camille Bertault and Franco-American piano master Dan Tepfer for an enchanting exploration of the best of the French songbook—Edith Piaf, Jaques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, and others. Barely 30 years old, Bertault is a staggering talent who has become an Internet sensation thanks to her mind-blowing scat interpretations of tunes by John Coltrane, Brad Mehldau, Hermeto Pascoal, and others. Another young phenomenon, the Paris-born Tepfer has played with the likes of Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, and Pharoah Sanders, and won both the first and audience prizes at the Montreaux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition. (Under conductor Marcelo Lehninger, the Bard Conservatory Orchestra performs Obadiah Wright, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky on March 12.) 7:30pm. $25. Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7900; Fishercenter.bard.edu.