Five-week event in March and April will feature 22 concerts and one film screening across nine venues in Monte-Carlo

The committee behind the Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival has unveiled its programme for next year, with a particular emphasis placed on the concerto and the string quartet. The announcement was made by the Festival’s Artistic Advisor Marc Monnet on Wednesday October 3rd, alongside the Festival’s President Princess Caroline of Hanover, its Secretary General Jean-Charles Curau and the Monegasque Minister of the Interior, Patrice Cellario.

Next year’s extravaganza is set to take place over five weeks from the 15th March to the 14th April and will feature an eclectic mix of 22 concerts, as well as a single film screening. There will be a special tribute paid to two giants of the classical music scene in the 20th century, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Mauricio Kagel, and the 35th edition of the Festival is also scheduled to place the awe-inspiring simplicity of the piano at its forefront. Details of the full programme are as follows:

WEEK 1

  • Talk: What Kind of Pianist Was Beethoven? Friday, March 15th at 18.30 in the Auditorium Rainier III
  • Beethoven: Integral Beethoven Piano Concertos (1) Friday, March 15th at 20.30 in the Auditorium Rainier III
  • Meeting with François-Frédéric Guy, Piano Saturday, March 16th at 11.30 in the Café de la Rotonde, Opéra Garnier
  • Talk: Conducting from the Piano Saturday, March 16th at 18.30 in the Auditorium Rainier III
  • Beethoven: Integral Beethoven Piano Concertos (2) Saturday, March 16th at 20.30 in the Auditorium Rainier III
  • Talk: Beethoven, Heir or Reinventor of the Quartet? Sunday, March 17th at 16.30 in the Hôtel de Paris
  • Beethoven Quatuors (1) Sunday, March 17th at 18.00 in the Salle Empire, Hôtel de Paris

WEEK 2

  • CD Concert (1) Thursday, March 21st at 20.30 in the Salle Empire, Hôtel de Paris
  • Talk: Beethoven’s Last Quartets Friday, March 22nd at 18.30 at the Hôtel de Paris
  • Beethoven Quatuors (2) Friday, March 22nd at 20.30 in the Salle Empire, Hôtel de Paris
  • Talk with Philippe Bianconi, Piano Saturday, March 23rd at 11.30 in the Café de la Rotonde, Opéra Garnier
  • Talk: Brahms before his Soloists Saturday, March 23rd at 18.30 in the Auditorium Rainier III
  • Brahms Concertos (1) Saturday, March 23rd at 20.30 in the Auditorium Rainier III
  • Surprise Trip! from Monaco Sunday, March 24th at 13.30
  • Surprise Trip! from Nice Sunday, March 24th at 14.00

WEEK 3

  • Masterclass – Violin Wednesday, March 27th at 14.00 at the Académie de Musique Rainier III
  • CD Concert (2) Thursday, March 28th at 20.30 at the Lycée Hôtelier
  • Talk: Is the Alto the Fifth Wheel in the Quartet? Friday, March 29th at 18.30 at the Musée Océanographique
  • Beethoven Quatuors (3) Friday, March 29th at 20.30 at the Musée Océanographique
  • Talk with Renaud Capuçon, Violin Saturday, March 30th at 11.30 in the Café de la Rotonde, Opéra Garnier
  • Talk: Being a Quartet Saturday, March 30th at 18.30 at the Hôtel de Paris
  • Beethoven Quatuors (4) Saturday, March 30th at 20.30 at the Opéra Garnier
  • Talk: Bartók’s Concertos: Studiedly Popular Music Sunday, March 31st at 16.30 at the Crazy Fish, Grimaldi Forum
  • Bartók Concertos Sunday, March 31st at 18.00 at the Grimaldi Forum

WEEK 4

  • CD Concert (3) Thursday, April 4th at 20.30in the Salle Empire, Hôtel de Paris
  • Talk: Heinrich Schütz Friday, April 5th at 18.30 at the Eglise St Charles
  • Schütz: The German Baroque Friday, April 5th at 20.30 at the Eglise St Charles
  • Talk: Karlheinz Stockhausen or Art as a Vector for the Sacred Saturday, April 6th at 18.30 at the Lycée Hôtelier
  • Music into Space Saturday, April 6th at 20.30 at the Salle Omnisports, Lycée Hôtelier
  • Meeting with Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello Sunday, April 7th at 11.30 in the Café de la Rotonde, Opéra Garnier
  • Talk: Kagel or the Playing Down of Music Sunday, April 7th at 16.30 at the Auditorium Rainier III
  • Brahms Concertos (2) Sunday, April 7th at 18.00 at the Auditorium Rainier III

WEEK 5

  • CD Concert (4) Thursday, April 11th at 20.30 at the Lycée Hôtelier
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Film Ludwig Van Screening Friday, April 12th at 20.30 at the Théâtre Princess Grace
  • Masterclass – Piano Saturday, April 13th at 10.00 at the Académie de Musique Rainier III
  • Piano Night Saturday, April 13th at 18.00 at the Musée Océanographique
  • Talk: Mongolian Music and Song, an Overtone Between the Steppe and the Altai Sunday, April 14th at 16.30 at the Hôtel de Paris
  • Mongolian Traditional Musics and Songs Sunday, April 14th at 18.00 at the Opéra Garnier

Tickets are available online and cost €26 for most events, between €26 and €35 for concertos with orchestras, €35 for the surprise trips and €5 for the film screening. Concessions and reductions are available.