Philharmonic celebrates the classical greats

The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra is pulling out all the stops over the next few weeks to delight audiences with a line-up of classics made for young and old.

On 24th February, two musical tales for children, Le Souriceau Stupide by Chostakovich and Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev will be performed for audiences from four years of age. Julie Depardieu will narrate to conductor Philippe Beran’s version, whilst sand painter Keterina Barsukova adds an additional element to the performance. The show starts at 3pm.

Then on Saturday 28th February, conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti leads pianist Gerhard Oppitz in a concert featuring Mozart’s Concerto pour Piano No 20, K466 followed by Franz Schubert’s Symphony No 9 La Grande. This show will begin at 3pm to remain in curfew compliance.

Then on Sunday 7th March at 3pm, painist David Fray will perform Jean-Sebastien Bach’s Concerto pour Clavier No 1, BWV 1052 and his Concerto pour Clavier No 4 BWV 1055 along with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto pour Piano No 24, K49.

A Musical Happy Hour on Tuesday 9th March will feature a string quartet featuring violinists Jae-Eun Lee and Sybille Duchesne, Violist Sofia Timofeeva and Cellist Delphine Perrone. They will perform Sofia Goubaïdoulina’s Reflections on the Theme of B-A-C-H, Schubert’s Quartet No 14, D180, La Jeune Fille et La Mort and two pieces by Igor Stravinsky, 3 Pieces pour Quator Á Cordes, K033 and Concertino pour Quator Á Cordes.

As part of the Spring Arts Festival of Monte-Carlo, conductor Kazuki Yamada will be leading violinist Tedi Papavrami in performing Alban Berg’s Concerto pour Violin ‘A la Memorie d’un Ange’ along with Arnold Schönberg’s Pelléas et Méllisande, Opus 5 on Saturday 27th March at 8:30pm.

To finish up the month of March, another children’s concert will be performed by conductor Christophe Mangou and narrator Julie Martigny. Indigo Isle by Julien Herrisier comes on the Wednesday the 31st at 3pm.

All shows will be performed at the Auditorium Rainier III. Tickets and more information can be found on the Philharmonic’s website at

Photo of Kazuki Yamada by the OPMC