Past Event

Paris Blue: A Memoir of First Love (7 p.m. Paris)

October 12, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Reid Hall | 4, rue de Chevreuse

In-person event | 7:00 p.m. (Paris)

From acclaimed concert flutist and the artistic director of Mistral Music, Julie Scolnik, comes an inspirational and heartfelt memoir about young love, heartache, and the role of memory in our lives. Set against a magical backdrop of classical music and Paris, Paris Blue: A Memoir of First Love (Koehler Books) is a true fairy-tale memoir with a dark underbelly about the tenacious grip of first love.

PARIS, 1976: Twenty-year-old American student Julie Scolnik arrives in the City of Light to study the flute when, from across a sea of faces in the chorus of the Orchestre de Paris, she is drawn to Luc, a striking (married) French lawyer in the bass section. This deeply moving tale of an ebullient young American and a reserved Frenchman will transport readers to the cafés, streets, and concert halls of Paris in the late seventies, and, spanning three decades, evolves from deep romance to sudden heartbreak, and finally to a lifelong quest for answers to release hidden immutable grief. A deeply felt, bittersweet reflection on how youthful passion changes you and clings to you forever, this is a story that has embedded itself in Julie’s heart and mind for forty years.

Julie Scolnik and Parisian pianist Aurelien Pontier, will present a short program of works for flute and piano which will be followed by a talk about Paris Blue, short readings, questions, and a dedicace.


Julie Scolnik is a concert flutist and artistic director of Mistral Music, a chamber music series she founded in 1997 that has brought her accolades for the high caliber of her artists, her imaginative programming, and the personal rapport she establishes with her audiences. She lives in Boston with her husband, physicist Michael Brower, and their two cats, Daphne and Chloë. They have two adult children, Sophie and Sasha Scolnik-Brower, also musicians.