Classical Music in Paris: 7 Places to Catch the Best Performances

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If you love culture and are looking for the best classical music performances in Paris, you are in the right place!

Paris has it in famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Palais Garnier, museums like the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, and concerts at historic opera houses.

From my travels, I’ll take you on a classical tour of Paris, highlighting some of the must-see sights and sounds for anyone interested in a timeless experience of art, music, and architecture to end an evening in Paris on a sweet note.  

2024 Classical Performances in Paris

January – March

Chopin, Candlelight Concert at Église Saint Ephrem: Feb 3 – 28

Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons and Famous Adagios at Saint Germain des Prés : Feb 3 – Dec 14

Rachmaninov, Dvorák and Brahms in Paris at Église Saint Ephrem: Feb 4 – Feb 14

Candlelight Ballet: Coppelia at Salle Jacques Higelin – MPAA Saint-Germain: Feb 6

Liszt, Bach and Beethoven at Église Saint Ephrem : Feb 8 – 29

Bach Concert at Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Chapelle Saint Symphorien: Feb 8 – May 3

Orchestra Hélios : Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Paris at Église Saint-Louis-en-L’Île: Feb 25

Gourmet Dinner Cruise on the Seine at 5 – 7 du port de la Bourdonnais: Feb 4 through Apr 2

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Église de la Madeleine or Église Saint-Eustache : Feb 3 – 29

Hélios Orchestra: Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons Complete at Église Saint Germain-des-Prés and the Église de la Madeleine: Feb 10 – Dec 7

Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Église Saint Ephrem : Feb 11 – 24

 Chopin, Schubert, Satie and Beethoven at Église Saint Ephrem: Feb 10 – 27

Chopin, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky at Église Saint Ephrem: Feb 12 – 26

Chopin, Beethoven and Rachmaninov at Église Saint Ephrem: Feb 16 – 24

Candlelight: Chopin at the piano at Maison de l’Océan: Feb 17 – Mar 8

Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons at Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Feb 17 – Jun 8

Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons at Église Saint-Louis-en-L’Île: Feb 18 – Jun 22

Liszt, Ravel and Chopin at Église Saint Ephrem: Feb 19

Vivaldi and Others at Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church at : Feb 24 – Sep 28

Chants Sacrés d’Orient at Crypt of the Martyrium: Feb 4 – Mar 3

Candlelight Premium: Opera Arias at Salon Gustave Eiffel: Feb 14

Orchestra Hélios : Bach’s St. John Passion at l’Église Saint-Louis-en-L’Ile: Mar 22

Candlelight: Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons at Maison de l’Océan: Feb 18 – Mar 24

Orchestra Hélios : Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons, Ave Maria and More at Eglise de la Madeleine or Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Près : Feb 17 – Nov 16

The 4 Seasons, Ave Maria & Famous Concertos at Saint Germain des Prés: Mar 1 – Nov 30

Orchestre Hélios : Gospel Concert at Église Saint Germain des Prés and the Église Saint Sulpice or the Eglise de la Madeleine: Mar 1 – Oct 18

Mozart’s Requiem at l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Mar 16 – May 10

April – June

Gourmet Dinner Cruise on the Seine at 5 – 7 du port de la Bourdonnais (Feb 4 – Apr 2)

Ravel’s Bolero and Mozart’s Requiem at Saint Sulpice Church : May 1 – Jul 25

Vivaldi and Others at Saint-Germain-des-Prés church: May 25

Hélios Orchestra: Ravel, Poulenc and Brahms at Église de la Madeleine: Jun 1

Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons at Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Feb 17 – Jun 8

Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons at the Église Saint-Louis-en-L’Île: Feb 18 – Jun 22

Orchestra Hélios : Fauré, Mozart and Gounod in Paris at Église Saint-Louis-en-L’Île: Jun 28

Orchestra Hélios : Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons, Ave Maria and More atEglise de la Madeleine or Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Près : Feb 17 – Nov 16

Vivaldi and Others at Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church at : Feb 24 – Sep 28

The 4 Seasons, Ave Maria & Famous Concertos at Saint Germain des Prés: Mar 1 – Nov 30

Verdi’s Requiem at the Église de la Madeleine: May 25 – Nov 9

Vivaldi, Pergolesi and Bachat Saint Germain des Prés: Jun 15

Hélios Orchestra: Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons Complete at Église Saint Germain-des-Prés and the Église de la Madeleine: Feb 10 – Dec 7

Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons and Famous Adagios at Saint Germain des Prés : Feb 3 – Dec 14

July – September

Orchestra Hélios : Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons, Ave Maria and More at Eglise de la Madeleine or Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Près : Feb 17 – Nov 16

Vivaldi and Others at Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church at : Feb 24 – Sep 28

The 4 Seasons, Ave Maria & Famous Concertos at Saint Germain des Prés: Mar 1 – Nov 30

Verdi’s Requiem at the Église de la Madeleine: May 25 – Nov 9

Hélios Orchestra: Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons Complete at Église Saint Germain-des-Prés and the Église de la Madeleine: Feb 10 – Dec 7

Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons and Famous Adagios at Saint Germain des Prés : Feb 3 – Dec 14

October – December

Orchestra Hélios: Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons, Ave Maria and More atEglise de la Madeleine or Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Près : Feb 17 – Nov 16

The 4 Seasons, Ave Maria & Famous Concertos at Saint Germain des Prés: Mar 1 – Nov 30

Christmas Concert: Vivaldi, Corelli and Others at Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Dec 20

Verdi’s Requiem at the Église de la Madeleine: May 25 – Nov 9

Hélios Orchestra: Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons Complete at Église Saint Germain-des-Prés and the Église de la Madeleine: Feb 10 – Dec 7

Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons and Famous Adagios at Saint Germain des Prés : Feb 3 – Dec 14

Beautiful Places for Classical Performances

La Sainte Chapelle

On one of my trips to Paris, I had the pleasure of attending a classical music concert at the breathtaking La Sainte Chapelle in Paris. As I approached the gothic chapel, known for hosting Paris classic concerts, I was struck by its intricate architecture and massive stained glass windows that allow natural light to flood the interior.

I made my way inside and was amazed by the beauty of my surroundings. The soaring vaulted ceilings and detailed biblical scenes depicted in the stained-glass created a transcendent environment for the classical music Paris is famous for. Finding my seat, I eagerly awaited the start of the Sainte Chapelle concert.

The concert featured works by the Italian violinist and composer, Vivaldi. As the first notes rang out, I was transfixed by the resonance of the music in the cathedral’s interior. The acoustics amplified and enriched the sounds in a way that transported me. Each piece showcased the talent and passion of the musicians.

During the performance I alternated between closing my eyes to fully immerse myself in the experience and gazing around the chapel in awe. The combination of flawless music in the spiritual, historical setting was truly magical.

Attending this classic concert Paris is known for at the iconic La Sainte Chapelle was an unforgettable experience that I will forever cherish. The opportunity to hear world-class musicians bring classical compositions to life in such a breathtaking space is one that I feel incredibly grateful for. Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle exemplify the timeless beauty of Paris and its cultural treasures that continue to inspire.

Visitors may also tour La Sainte Chapelle during the day, which consists of two chapels. After visiting the lower chapel, you ascend a charming spiral staircase to visit the higher chapel. As the natural light beams through the stained windows, the effect is a glorious sight to behold. The cost to tour La Sainte Chapelle is about 12€.

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Philharmonie de Paris

This is an amazing concert hall in Paris for listening to symphonies and concerts where the design and acoustics are incredible.

I recently had the amazing opportunity to visit Paris and see a performance at the Philharmonie de Paris. From the moment I entered the auditorium, I was captivated. I felt the vibrancy of the performance, almost like it was speaking to me. The elegant string and woodwind pieces in the first half of the performance took me to a world I had never experienced before.

During the second half, the resounding brass and percussion had me swaying in time. To make the experience even more extraordinary, the visual arts completed the performance with finesse. It was an incredible experience I will never forget.

Palais Garnier

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The national opera house is like a palace. The beauty of the stage and hallway is a great profile for photos. You can tour the Palais Garnier for just a few euros, and you’ll agree that it is well worth the price because the inside of this place looks amazing.

On the balcony, you can see the wide streets stretching along the beautiful French buildings reminiscent of 18th-century Paris. Don’t miss the dome roof which is painted in vibrant colors by the Russian-French painter Marc Chagall.

River Seine

View of Eiffel Tower and seine river
View of River Seine and Eiffel Tower

The river Seine runs through the city and divides it into the left and right banks. While it may be a popular stop for tourists, it makes is a lovely way to see the city and some of the most famous bridges in France. The riverbanks are lined with elegant buildings, historic monuments, and parks, making it a classical experience to enjoy the city from the river.

On river boat cruises, you can hear selections of audio performances.

Check for tickets to a performance on River Seine.

Eiffel Tower

A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without visiting the most classic landmark. Visiting during the day and climbing to the observation decks will offer amazing views of the city or enjoy brunch at the Eiffel Tower. It’s also one of the most beautiful structures to see in Paris at night

I enjoyed seeing the entire city sprawled beneath me, as the rich and beautiful sky accentuated the landscape that lay below. Seeing a performance in the Salon Gustave Eiffel was the ultimate Parisian experience.

I enjoyed seeing the entire city sprawled beneath me, as the rich and beautiful sky accentuated the landscape. The river Seine winds through the city, and at night the streetlights illuminate the waters that reflect the dazzling architecture surrounding it.

The Eiffel Tower rises up through the Parisian skyline with intricate ironwork lattices. Seeing a performance in the Salon Gustave Eiffel, with its panoramic views over the shimmering Seine and the city it nourishes, is the ultimate Parisian experience.

The classical music experience is enhanced tenfold by the backdrop of Paris.

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Théatre des Champs-Elysées

Théatre des Champs-Elysées

Boasting gorgeous Art Deco architecture, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées provides an enchanting atmosphere to hear the sweet symphonies of the Philharmonic orchestra. From every corner of the theatre, its wonderful sounds captivated the audience.

Aside from orchestra, this historical venue also offers other stirring performing arts like opera and ballet. In addition, the venue provides exemplary productions of modern theater.

l’Oratoire du Louvre

Paris Opera House
Paris Opera House

A music performance at l’Oratoire du Louvre in Paris immediately transports you to a different place and time. As the musicians began to play, the music fills the night air with soft, lyrical tones and notes of joy and passion.

The experience of witnessing a live classical performance in this grand venue is nothing short of awe-inspiring. After the performance is over, you can stumble upon the delightful cafes, eateries, and markets that dot the surrounding streets or continue to wander the charming lanes of Paris, taking in the city’s incredible culture.

Final Thoughts on Classical Music in Paris

Paris is a beautiful and historic city that is full of classical activities for couples, groups, or solo travelers to enjoy the classical culture of France.

If you visited Paris before or are looking for a unique experience, I highly recommend exploring the charming neighborhoods, immersing yourself in the musical culture, or trying a Parisian cooking class.

Au revoir!


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26 Comments

  1. It must be so amazing to listen to a concert in that stunning chapel. The acoustics must be out of this world!

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      The venue is beautiful and the musicians were outstanding!

  2. Amber Myers says:

    This looks like such a gorgeous spot. I always like checking out chapels.

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      Me too! I enjoy viewing the architectural influence in different countries.

  3. Pearl Haskins says:

    I love old buildings and history. This would be a gorgeous place for engagement or wedding photos!

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      I have to admit that seeing architecture while traveling is one of my favorite things to do. This venue would be perfect for the occasion.

  4. Oh my goodness what a beautiful venue. I love old buildings with such character and charm.

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      Paris is oozing with character and charm, you’d love it!

  5. Lisa @ Midwest Glam says:

    It looks so beautiful! That must be something to see in person. It sounds like a lovely place to visit.

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      Its is a gorgeous place and so reasonably priced. I think it’s a gem!

  6. Oh it looks absolutely beautiful, what a stunning venue. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      You are so welcome!

  7. I am not sure if I ever heard of La Sainte Chappelle before but it does look like the perfect place to learn from history and to look forward to the future.

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      This was my second visit to Paris and I really didn’t know much about it. After reading their site, it is rich with history and the perfect place for a historical tour.

  8. amber hurley says:

    This is absolutely stunning! Wow!

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      I am just as impressed!

  9. My daughter and I are obsessed with Paris. This would definitely be a place on our list to see and experience. She plays the violin and would love this.

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      Wow! I just know you will enjoy the performance. They played so passionately!

  10. Marie Phillips says:

    Wow, what an amazing chapel. I would give anything to tour this. It’s definitely going on my bucket list!

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      I hope you do visit, it is definitely worth it!

  11. ohmummymia says:

    I was in Paris once and we are planning to visit also in next year so why not to go to that chapel

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      I agree! It was a wonderful and relaxing evening and you can stroll to a nearby cafe afterwards.

  12. fashionandstylepolice says:

    What a beautiful chapel. I would love to visit. The tour is quite affordable.

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      It’s absolutely stunning and the acoustics at the performance was amazing!