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Music to the Ears: Printemps des Arts Monte-Carlo classical music festival

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

From March through April, culture lovers can enjoy the annual Printemps des Arts Monte-Carlo classical music festival.

Harpsichordist Andreas Staier © Josep Molina

Over five weekends in March and April, culture lovers can indulge in live classical music performances. Concert times have been set to respect the French curfew so guests from across the border can attend until the end... assuming the weekend lockdown in the Alpes-Maritimes will not be prolonged...

"We all need music," says festival director Marc Monnet with a small smile in a video message to the audience. Indeed, it seems as if this could bring some normality to the everyday life of Corona.

The Printemps des Arts Monte-Carlo music festival can - as things stand today - take place over five weekends in the spring under strict hygiene measures. From 13 March 13 to 11 April, 15 concerts and two musicals are scheduled at various venues such as the Grimaldi Forum, the Oceanographic Museum and the Riva Tunnel at the port. Most of the events have been moved to Saturday and Sunday afternoons to comply with the French curfew hour, allowing visitors from France to return home before 6 pm.

The organisers also do not want to deprive the audience of direct contact with the artists. Therefore, an exchange between musicians and the audience will be made via Zoom.

On the Programme

On Saturday, April 10, German pianist and harpsichordist Andreas Staier will once again be a guest in Monaco. At 4 p.m. in the Salle Empire of the Hotel Hermitage, he will play works by French composers such as Jean-Henri d'Anglebert and François Couperin on the harpsichord. The day before, Staier will give a (free) master class from 2 to 5 pm in the Auditorium Rainier III.

An afternoon for the whole family on Easter Monday, April 5, starting at 4 p.m. at the Théâtre des Variétés is likely to be quite extraordinary. Festival director Marc Monnet's piece "Bibilolo" will be played in various different tones and is billed as a "ballet for plastic animals, remote-controlled shovel trucks, robots and shadow puppets."

More information about the program and reservations here.


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