Fête de la Musique 2020 / Music Day 2020

Date: 24 Jun 2020, 5:00pm - 5:45pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

La Fête de la Musique

La Fête de la Musique (Music Day) was initiated in France in 1982, when Jack Lang was Minister of Culture. It takes place every year on June 21, which is often the same day as the summer solstice. Nowadays, more than 120 countries in the world are celebrating it. Free concerts are organized in bars and on the streets. The Fête de la Musique's official motto is "Faites de la musique !" ("Make music!"); it is an invitation to musicians, both amateurs and professionals, to express their musical talent in their city. The purpose of this celebration is also to introduce the public to a diversity of musical genres.

An Online Live Concert

Due to this year's unprecedented circumstances, we have adapted AFSeattle's Fête de la musique to an online format. The very talented Steven Luksan has performed a piano concert streamed on our Facebook page on Wednesday, June 24. You can watch the video below:


The concert included some personal compositions of Steven Luksan, along with music by several French (Chaminade, Satie, Debussy) and Northern Europe (Tchaikovsky and Peterson-Berger) composers:

  • Sommarsång (Summer Song) - Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
  • Sérénade - Cécile Chaminade
  • June - Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  • Piano Piece No. 66 - Steven Luksan
  • Piano Piece No. 74 - Steven Luksan
  • Movement I from Pièces Froides - Erik Satie
  • Arabesque No. 1 - Claude Debussy
  • Meditation - "On Jordan's Stormy Banks" - Steven Luksan
  • Meditation - "Kristus Jesus for os offret" - Steven Luksan
  • Meditation - "Come Thou Fount" - Steven Luksan
  • La Lisonjera (The Flatterer) - Cécile Chaminade

Steven Luksan

Steven Luksan is a Seattle-based composer and pianist. He received a master’s degree in music composition from the University of British Columbia and bachelor’s degrees in music and Norwegian from the University of Washington. He is the founder and artistic director of the Saltwater Music Series (Des Moines, Washington), a concert series dedicated to performances of local and off-the-beaten-path chamber music. 

Influenced by folk traditions, jazz, minimalism, and the music of his favorite composers from the early 20th century, Steven's compositions comprise pieces for solo piano, chamber music including viola, oboe, or flute, and many art songs. They have been performed throughout the USA, as well as in Canada, Norway, Spain, and Taiwan.

Steven is currently on the faculty of the Music Center of the Northwest, where he serves as a piano instructor and the staff accompanist. He is also the pianist for the French Chorale of the Alliance Française de Seattle, accompanies at Seattle Opera and Shoreline Community College, and is a board member and outreach pianist for the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society.

Check out his performance at AFSeattle's Fête de la musique 2019 and discover his music on Bandcamp:


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