In October of 2009, Stephanie Sabin spent five weeks in Paris. During the trip, she worked with vocal coaches, challenged herself to improve her French, met several wonderful musicians, and fell in love with Paris. She sang at the American Church a few times and was invited to return and give a concert in March of 2011.
Sabin worked with her voice teacher and put together a program of lesser-known songs by well known French composers, that she called Les Chemins de l'amour.
"[It is] a lone woman's journey through a life of love discovered, devoured, exhausted, sacrificed, suffered, and surrendered through the lesser-known music from well-known composers."
The program includes songs by Gounod, Bizet, Berlioz, Duparc, Poulenc, Faure, Satie, Weill, and Sondheim.
“These pieces were from their early musings, beautiful music that got lost in the shuffle and shadows of the bigger, more famous works.”
All the songs revolve around the theme of love. What do the French know about love?
The first performance of this program was in September of 2010 and was sponsored by Musical Merit of San Diego. The concert in Paris was standing room only and a resounding success.