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A Centennial Commemoration of the United States’ Entrance into WWI

In 1917, the United States entered World War One, joining France and its allies, and fundamentally shifting the balance of the conflict. 1917 would also prove to be a pivotal year in art and culture due, in large part, to an extraordinary exchange of ideas between Europe and America. From jazz to avant-garde art, silent film and modern literature, it was a time of almost unprecedented change and innovation on both sides of the Atlantic. One hundred years after, the French Embassy in the United States sheds light on this momentous occasion through an artistic commemoration of the sacrifice made by the American as well as a celebration of the enduring bond between the United States and France.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the French Embassy will present a unique event featuring two live musical performances by the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, a film screening and a photography exhibition.

The evening will begin with a classical concert by the U.S. Army Strings, performing French and American pieces from the beginning of the 20th century (by Maurice Ravel and Charles Ives). The concert will be followed by the screening of the documentary “America’s Great War 1917-1918”. The evening will continue with the opening of the photo exhibit “Mnémosis” in the presence of the photographer Philippe Bréson, and will conclude with a live jazz performance by the U.S. Army Blues “Swamp Romp”.