OPMC to launch season with tribute concert honouring Prince Rainier III

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This weekend, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo is opening its 2023/24 season with a concert in honour of the centenary of Rainier III’s birth. Here are more of the highlights coming up over the next few weeks.

The Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo’s (OPMC) new season is kicking off with a special Commemoration Rainier III concert on Sunday 24th September that will feature music by Andrzej Panufnik and Gustav Mahler, with Conductor Kazuki Yamada at the helm. Soprano Eleanor Lyons and mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger will be joined by Simon Halsey and the CBSO Chorus for the two-hour event that starts at 6pm at the Grimaldi Forum.  

Then, on Friday 29th September, pianist Alexandra Dovgan will play select pieces by Johan-Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederic Chopin. The show begins at 8pm in the Salle Garnier of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.  

Next comes a symphonic concert on Sunday 1st October at 6pm within the Auditorium Rainier III. Nathalie Stutzmann will conduct while baritone Matthias Goerne performs a selection of works by Serge Prokofiev, Gustav Mahler and Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky. 

A series: “Tribute to Rachmaninoff”

This will be followed by two concerts featuring the works of one of the finest pianists the world has ever known, in a “Tribute to Rachmaninoff”. The first will be on Sunday 8th October under the conductorship of Dmitry Matvienko with Simon Trpčeski on piano. The second sees Kazuki Yamada conducting and pianist Evgeny Kissin on Sunday 15th October. Both performances will be starting at 6pm in the Auditorium Rainier III.  

The next is an event made just for the kids: a musical tale based on Cabot-Caboche by Daniel Pennac. Pannac will narrate this world premiere, which was commissioned by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. The show will be conducted by Debora Waldman on Wednesday 18th October at 3pm in the Auditorium Rainier III for those aged eight and up.  

A third “Tribute to Rachmaninoff”, who was born 150 years ago this year, is being held on Sunday 22nd October at the Auditorium Rainier III at 6pm. Pianist Francesco Piemontesi will be conducted by Tomáš Netopil, who will take on not only pieces by Rachmaninoff, but also works by Antonin Dvorák and Leoš Janáček.  

Next up on Tuesday 24th October, the OPMC will be holding the first Musical Happy Hour of the season. Expect pieces by Brahms and Strauss from 6.30pm at the Troparium of the Auditorium Rainier III.  

October’s concerts wrap up on Sunday 29th with a symphonic concert led by Conductor Lio Kuokman and featuring Hélène Grimaud on piano, with works by Brahms and Stravinsky on the programme. The concert begins at 6pm in the Auditorium Rainier III. 

For a full schedule of the season, to book tickets and for more information, please click here.


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