Printemps des Arts 2024: what to expect from the opening days of the festival

With just two weeks to go until Monaco’s 2024 Printemps des Arts festival begins, Monaco Life delves into the rich and eclectic programming organised for the first few days of this month-long event.

Under the title of ‘Ma fin est mon commencement’, the upcoming edition of Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo is set to embrace the thought-provoking theme of the cycles of life under the guidance of Artistic Director Bruno Mantovani from 13th March to 7th April.

As always, the programme, which can be found here, will continue the festival’s tradition of blending the classical with the contemporary while placing a strong emphasis on making the arts more accessible to young audiences by offering free admission to all concerts for individuals under 25 years of age.

The festival begins with a concert on Wednesday 13th March at the Église de Saint-Charles by the Ensemble Gilles Binchois. The group will perform Johannes Ockeghem’s Requiem, the earliest recorded mass for the dead, ahead of a recital by Nice-born Sandro Compagnon, who will be taking on a range of modern saxophone pieces by Luciano Berio and Mantovani.

Continuing the exploration of beginnings and endings, one of the highlights of the following day will see the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo on stage at the Auditorium Rainier III. Under Fabien Gabel, the orchestra will juxtapose Richard Strauss’ early symphonic work Aus Italien with the later introspective Four Last Lieder.

On Friday 15th March, at One Monte-Carlo, the festival will spotlight the diverse spectrum of classical music with a performance by the trio of Sayaka Shoji, Henri Demarquette and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger. They will journey through Beethoven’s work, from his initial compositions to the iconic Archduke Trio, to illustrate the progression of Beethoven’s genius.

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