photo of Les Comédiens Français Lecture featuring Jaren Atherholt, Daniel Lelchuk, Joseph Meyer, and Pierre Queval with Howard MargotThe theater group Les Comédiens Français was organized in 1934 to promote, foster, and perpetuate French language and culture in Louisiana. After presenting stage productions in French for more than 50 years, the group became inactive and established an annual lecture series on French culture, particularly the performing arts, at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Because the endowment for the annual lecture series does not cover all the costs associated with this event, your financial support is greatly appreciated. Should you like more information about helping to continue this unique lecture series, please call The Collection’s development office at (504) 598-7109. All inquiries are held in strictest confidence and without obligation. Thank you for your support.


The fifteenth Les Comédiens Français Lecture
A screening of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
with live, improvised accompaniment by pianist Karol Mossakowski
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 • 6–8:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street

Admission is $15, $5 for THNOC members, and free for Caillot Circle, Jackson Society, Laussat Society, and Bienville Circle members. Reservations: or (504) 523-4662

Universal’s 1923 film version of Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame de Paris, The Hunchback of Notre Dame catapulted actor Lon Chaney into stardom and featured a built-to-scale façade of the famous cathedral. For the fifteenth Les Comédiens Français Lecture, THNOC will screen the silent film with live, improvised musical accompaniment by St. Louis Cathedral’s 2014–15 young-artist-in-residence, pianist Karol Mossakowski. Born in Poland into a family of musicians, Mossakowski started studying the piano and the organ with his father at the age of three and went on to study at the Poznań Music Academy and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Winner of numerous international competitions, he has gained recognition for his improvised silent movie accompaniments. Recent appearances include the Quebec City Film Festival and at the Lumière Festival of Lyon.