News From Ramaz
The French Culture Club celebrated the life and career of song stylist, lyricist, composer, actor, and entertainer, Charles Aznavour. Aznavour entertained audiences for more than half a century and was favorably compared as an international star to Frank Sinatra. Students were entertained by his music via audio and video clips. In reviewing his background, it was noted that during his formative years, during World War II in France, Aznavour's parents were instrumental in hiding and protecting Jews from certain extermination by the Nazis.
Ms. Benel told a story of her experience at a Charles Aznavour concert in Carnegie Hall. Aznavour was known for tossing a handkerchief, with his initials C.A. to the audience at the end of his shows. Being an avid fan, Ms. Benel came closer to the stage from her nosebleed seats and was able to catch the handkerchief! She brought in the prized handkerchief for us to see.
Overall, Aznavour composed over 1,200 songs for himself and other singers like French singer, Edith Piaf. He sang in multiple languages, including French, English, Italian, German, Yiddish, and Spanish. He acted in over 60 films and was universally popular and loved. Students ended their meeting on a happy note and all left with a little more music in their souls and hearts!
- Samantha S. '21