A talk is being held on November 8 ahead of wacky comic operetta Lucky Star being staged at Lewes Town Hall by New Sussex Opera.
French opera expert James Murray will talk on Chabrier and his world.
He will reveal the dazzling musical career of the highly unconventional 19th-century composer Emmanuel Chabrier.
His genial nature, earthy sense of humour, remarkable keyboard technique and wide-ranging interests ensured that he moved easily in nineteenth century artistic circles and amongst his closest friends were the finest composers, painters and writers of the day.
Best remembered for his scintillating España, Chabrier saw his career take off with the production of L’Etoile and took much of his inspiration from Offenbach. Chabrier in turn influenced many later composers, including Debussy.
The talk is at 7.30pm in the lecture room (Fisher Street entrance).
Tickets are £5 available in advance from NSO, 22 Bradford Road, Lewes BN7 1RB (sae and cheque payable to NSO) or from Octave music shop, 18 School Hill, Lewes. They can be bought at the door but capacity is limited.
Lucky Star (L’Etoile) is at Lewes Town Hall on November 20 at 7.30pm.