The Beaulieu sur Mer Classical Music Festival returns this month for another exciting programme of concerts, food and galas in the most prestigious locations in town.
The popular event is now in its 16th year and is set to take place from 14th to 21st September. Opera singer and event organiser Chrystelle Couturier has taken over as artistic director and this year is aiming to make the event “a festive meeting accessible to all, to novice music lovers, to young and old.”
No less than 23 solo artists and 60 singers will come together over 10 fabulous evenings. The programme includes five concerts, including one that is free, and covers composers such as Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Mozart and Schubert.
Festivities will kick off on Saturday 14th at 3pm at Place Marinoni with a concert by young musicians from local conservatories, and entrance will be free to the public. At 8pm, the audience will then embark on an evening in Buenos Aires with the PACA regional choir, directed by Michel Piquemal.
On Sunday 15th a musical brunch will be held in the morning at the Les Voisins restaurant (Belle Epoque Theatre – Beaulieu Casino) in honour of Stella Almondo, a 13-year-old pianist prodigy and winner of the young Chopin contest in Switzerland. That will be followed by a concert at the Rotonde Lenôtre at 8pm.
On Monday 16th, Christian Fromont will stage a musical performance entitled ‘Looking for Beethoven’ with Pascal Amoyel (piano and lyrics) at 8pm, at the Belle Epoque Theatre – Casino de Beaulieu.
A concert by Jean-Félix Lalanne, sponsor of the festival, will follow at the Saint Michael Anglican Church on 18th September, accompanied by Cécile Bonhomme on the harp.
On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th, the stunning Royal Riviera Hotel in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat will host the Trio Wanderer, as well as a gala dinner mixing three artistic disciplines: a synchronised swimming show against a piano and violin backdrop, and a lyrical dinner on the theme of Andalusia with Bizet’s opera Carmen as a highlight.
Finally, the Ensemble Squillante, composed of nine saxophonists and a percussionist, will close the event at the Belle Epoque Theatre on Saturday 21st September at 8pm.