Despite rising tensions around the COVID-19 outbreak, the Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival will be continuing this weekend with several excellent exhibitions and musical performances. After a varied line-up of performers, artists and intellectuals came to Monaco last year, 2020 is to further explore all concerns of the arts. Below is a programme of events for the upcoming days:
FRIDAY 13th MARCH
The opening of the exhibition “Jeux et chants de gorge inuit du Québec Arctique“
7:30pm – Auditorium Rainier III
In collaboration with the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montréal and the Institut culturel d’Avataq-Nunavik , this exhibition presents original Inuit artworks inspired by katajjaniq, the throat singing of Nunavik women in the Arctic regions of Québec, from its collection and that of ethnomusicologist Jean-Jacques Nattiez. Sculptures and prints, as well as photographic documents and several previously unpublished videos, will be on display.
Inaugural Concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monaco – “French Music at the End of the Nineteenth Century”
8:30pm – Auditorium Rainier III
Inspired by Ernest Chausson’s works, who dreamed of rediscovering French poetic roots by drawing inspiration from nature, Maurice Ohana makes a nod to the instruments of the Versailles Golden Age. In particular Olivier Beaumont’s mastery of the harpsichord mischievously revisits the sounds of the era. Véronique Gens, soprano, embodies the elegant Chausson style to perfection. Kazuki Yamada will conduct. The concert will be followed by a surprise cocktail with a pyrotechnic performance by Léa Montravers.
SATURDAY 14th MARCH
Meet four composers to be rediscovered: Aubert, Decaux, Ferroud, Samazeuilh by Nicolas Southon, musicologist
6:30pm – Ampithéâtre, One Monte-Carlo
Listen to musicologist Niclos Southon discuss these four composers. Pieces discussed will include: Louis Aubert, Sillages, op. 27; Pierre-Octave Ferroud, Types; Gustave Samazeuilh, Le chant de la mer (extrait); Abel Decaux, Clairs de lune.
French Music at the End of the Nineteenth Century
8:30pm – Opéra Garnier
At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Debussy overshadowed other musical masters who also sang of nature with a beautiful poetry and lyricism. This exceptional recital rediscovers these unknown composers. The virtuosity of these pieces, sometimes ambitious, sometimes intimate, remains at the service of their melodies. After the concert there is an opportunity to meet Lars Fredrikson – availability is very limited so ring the number below to reserve a place.
SUNDAY 15th MARCH
A hidden gem of the festival: a surprise trip!
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