The 35th edition of the Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival (Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo) will take place from March 15th to April 14th. The programming of this 2019 edition perpetuates the spirit of openness that characterizes this festival, a special event in the Monegasque cultural universe.
The organizers wanted this year’s edition to highlight the concertos within the musical arts. The complete works of Beethoven will thus be presented at the opening on March 15th and 16th. Those of Brahms and Bartok, for violins, will follow.
Eleven of Beethoven’s sixteen string quartets are also scheduled. Quartets very rarely played in major cultural events. Another highlight of the program: a “piano night” on April 13th, during which three renowned pianists will perform works by Schubert, Gluck, Liszt and Fauré…
Concerts, films, meetings…
On April 6th, Oktoberfest by the German composer Stockhausen will be performed. The work calls for a special provision: the music is indeed broadcast from eight distinct points around the audience. A unique experience!
Also noteworthy is the broadcast of a film about Beethoven, the work of Argentinean conductor and director Mauricio Kagel. A form of tribute and a tip of the hat to the maestro. Kagel also recorded his latest album in Monaco, shortly before his death, in 2008.
One last bit of information about the final hurrah, Sunday, April 14th: a concert of Mongolian music, characterized by a singing overtone. The term refers to a vocal technique that allows a person to produce a vocal tone characterized by two notes of different frequencies. Another rare moment in perspective about music and art.
Conferences and meetings, especially with the artists, will be organized, as they are every year, to animate this Printemps des Arts.
*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.