Each summer, the Orchestra of Monte-Carlo puts on six performances in the courtyard of the Prince’s Palace, blending warm evenings and a regal setting with excellent music to make for unforgettable experiences.
The annual concert series put on by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo in the courtyard of the Prince’s Palace is special for many reasons.
They celebrate a tradition that has been in effect since 1959 and are held in a place rarely open to the public. The courtyard enjoys incredible acoustics due to its shape, making the event not only pleasurable from a location standpoint, but from an auditory one as well, and the open-air setting takes full advantage of the balmy Monaco summer evenings, creating evenings of magic for all who are lucky enough to attend.
The summer concerts were brought to modern Monaco by Prince Rainier III in 1959, who was a great lover and patron of the arts. He had the courtyard completely renovated and restored to welcome his guests and put the palace completely in charge of running the event. This has continued to this day, and every year, people look forward to this wonderful series of nights.
The first concert will be held on 15th July for an evening of works by Claude Debussy and Hector Berlioz conducted by Velery Gergiev.
This is followed on the 18th with a night of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed by the Choeur de L’Orcherstre de Paris accompanied by Soprano Chen Reiss, Mezzo-Soprano Marianna Pizzolato, Tenor Paolo Fanale, and BassNahuel Di Pierro under the conducting skills of Václav Luks.
Piano lovers will have a treat on 22nd July when Katia and Marielle Labèque perform pieces by Francis Poulenc and Bedrich Smetana, conducted by Tomáš Netopil.
Conductor Thomas Hengelbrock will lead the soloists of the OPMC featuring music by Mozart and Félix Mendelssohn. The players on this evening will be Matthieu Petitjean on oboe, Marie-B. Barrière Bilote on clarinet, Franck Lavogez on bassoon and Andrea Cesari on the horn.
August opens on the 1st with a concert led by Kazuki Yamada with violinist Sergey Khachatryan playing works by Toru Takemitsu, Jean Sibelius and Franz Schubert.
The final concert of the series will be held on 5th August with pianist Alexandre Kantorow being conducted by Kazuki Yamada. Pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns and Georges Bizet are on the bill.
All concerts begin at 9:30pm and end promptly at midnight, with doors opening at 8:45pm. Jacket and tie are required for gentlemen and appropriate comparable attire for ladies.
In the case of bad weather, the concert will be cancelled, and tickets refunded. Additionally, social distancing and other health protocols will be in effect.
Tickets can be purchased from the opmc.mc website.
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INCC, a fragrance company based in Versailles, launched its Monaco Parfums at a cocktail party hosted by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA at CREM…
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a non-profit, publicly-supported charity, headquartered in New York City and established 34 years ago by Prince Rainier to honour the legacy of his wife, Princess Grace, www.mogul.com reports.
The Foundation’s mission is to identify and assist emerging talent in theatre, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. Since its inception, more than 800 recipients have been helped to the tune of more than $11 million.
Guests at the Foreign Residents’ Club included supermodel Victoria Silvstedt, Princess Grace Award winners Antonia Berasaluce - a former American Ballet Theatre dancer, and Lucien Postlewaite - a principle dancer with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.
Guests were greeted with champagne and hors d’oeuvres and mingled with INCC’s Thibaud de Vaulchier, Princess Grace Foundation-USA Board Member Sandra van Essche, Christine & George Ledes of BEAUTY FASHION and Cosmetic World, and members of CREM.
Toby E. Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation - USA, welcomed guests by drawing a parallel between the fragrance and the Foundation: “Princess Grace exuded elegance, glamour, and like the fragrances, which are themselves inspired by the exceptional, the creative, and limitless boundaries, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA supports exceptional emerging artists so that they can flourish and experience limitless horizons in their careers.”
She then introduced Remy Deslandes, President of INCC, who spoke about the MONACO mens and women’s fragrances that were created by perfumer Calice Becker of Givaudan. Other guests included: Antonia Berasaluce’s husband Jim Gorton and their daughter Isabel; Juliet Cullinan & Christopher Theo; and Lyn McHugh & James Davidson. (SOURCE: Mogul, original report written by Tony Bowles PHOTO: Ed Wright Images)