Brought to you by: Pastor Real Estate & Barclays
The Princess Grace Irish Library, under the aegis of the Princesse Grace Foundation, will be hosting a public lecture on Friday, May 5, on the topic of Thomas Moore, “Drawing Room Entertainer or Rebel Songster?”
Dr Una Hunt (pictured), one of Ireland’s leading concert pianists, will present the illustrated talk on at 7:30 pm.
Since 2007, Dr Hunt has devised and co-ordinated a significant diary of events in celebration of two hundred years since the first publication of Moore’s Irish Melodies. These include a nationwide competition for young singers at the National Concert Hall, a documentary series for RTÉ lyric FM, a multi-media exhibition viewed to date by 100,000 visitors, and the largest touring concert series of its kind ever mounted in Ireland.
In 2010, she presented Moore’s Irish Melodies at Carnegie Hall, New York, where the group received two standing ovations. A performance was given the following year in Russia to mark the unveiling of a sculpture honouring Moore at the University of St Petersburg.
Although Thomas Moore moved easily in privileged circles, he was also genuinely loved by the people of Ireland where he was described as “the true hearted Irishman” and regarded as Ireland’s national poet, his fame sealed by the success of his Irish Melodies.
Throughout one of Ireland’s darkest periods, Moore’s Irish Melodies were a source of national pride, reflecting many aspects of national identity, from gentle love of country to revolution. Not content with confining themselves to Ireland’s shores, the political songs went round the world and later became symbolic rallying cries in Poland, Hungary, Russia and Cuba. Within the body of songs, the harp appears with frequency as a symbol of Ireland’s cultural past.
Reservations are essential due to the limited number of seats for the May 5 event at 9 rue Princesse Marie-de-Lorraine. Entry, €10/person, is payable at the door.
A mini version of Monaco’s Princess Grace Rose Garden will feature at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show. The highly anticipated event, themed ‘Riviera Holiday’, will spotlight the life and legacy of Grace Kelly, the Philadelphian who became Princess of Monaco.
Work has begun on renewing Casino Square and SBM President Jean-Luc Biamonti has stressed that, while the move is necessary to improve security, the glamorous look of Monaco’s most famous square will be maintained.
The Grimaldi Forum broke records across the board in 2019, and it is hoping to follow that up with another exceptional programme of events in 2020, it’s 20th anniversary year.
Through this new exhibition of paintings and sculptures, Philippe Pastor questions the destructive force of Man, directed against his fellow human beings and his environment.
Monaco’s history and cultural heritage are incontestably linked with the turbulent and innovative era of Serge Diaghilev’s “Russian Seasons”, a phenomenon of Russian culture in the early 20th century. The Russian Gala project, inaugurated in September 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum with the Gala of Stars of the Russian Ballet and attended by well-known figures from the Rock, continues the tradition of representing Russian culture on the Côte d’Azur and confirms the great interest shown in Russian art and the timeliness of such events in Europe today.
For the fifth anniversary of the Gala on September 9 and 10, the Grimaldi Forum will once again host the stars of the amazing Eifman Ballet from Saint Petersburg. Following the great success of “Anna Karenina” in September 2014, there will now be a performance of Boris Eifman’s latest ballet, “Up & Down”. In this work, the “psychoanalyst choreographer” delves into the unexplored depths of the interior worlds of his characters and enters the most hidden parts of the subconscious, the organisers say.
The main character of the work is a successful psychiatrist – a loving and charismatic husband who has everything he needs to be happy. But in a world entirely dominated by the power of money and dark, destructive instincts, true happiness seems impossible.
Eifman’s interpretation of Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “Tender is the Night” has already been acclaimed in Paris, New York, Chicago, Moscow and several other capital cities throughout the world.
“This year, the Russian Gala will be host to a legendary choreographer – the incomparable Boris Eifman – who celebrated his 70th birthday last year. This will be a rare opportunity to welcome the famous Ballet Eifman troupe to Monaco. The troupe has repeatedly been acclaimed by critics and the international press – this is a show that’s not to be missed under any pretext,” said Gulshat Uzenbaeva, manager of Gala Russe.