Sunday, July 8, 2012

Monaco: Summer Concerts at the Prince’s Palace

Monte Carlo/Monaco is easily accessible from Nice (Take bus #100 at the J.C. Bermond station), and this summer’s concert lineup makes it extra enticing! For a late night return to Nice, reserve ahead with my personal taxi recommendation, “Friend in France” (honest, English-speaking, fair price — and no, I don’t get paid to say this!)

Enjoy the concert in a beautiful setting!

INFORMATION: What: Concerts princiers Where: Prince’s Palace of Monaco When: 12 July and 5 August, 9.30pm Admission: from €19 Dress: Jacket and tie Reservations: Tue-Sat 10am to 5.30pm, Tel : +377 98 06 28 28 Further information: +377 93 25 17 38 from 7pm

It’s hard to imagine a more enchanting scene, or a more perfect location. Warm summer evenings spent on the beautiful Rocher, ancestral home of the Grimaldi family, in the company of Monaco’s top-class orchestra and the world’s finest soloists, including, this year, the exceptional violinist Pinchas Zukerman, the cellist Gautier Capuçon, and the singer Ute Lemper.

This is the 53rd annual season of outdoor concerts, which by long tradition have taken place at the palace at this time of year. Begun by the Prince’s father, Rainier III, these jacket-and-tie gala evenings are certainly the place to see and be seen, with all the concerts taking place in the colonnaded courtyard that was the setting for the wedding of TSH Prince Albert and Princess Charlene in 2011.

The gates to the palace close at 9.30pm, so please make sure you have taken your place by then. In case of rain, concerts will take place at 10pm the same evening at the Auditorium Rainier III, boulevard Louis II (parking Louis II or parking du Grimaldi Forum).

Full programme for 2012
  • Thursday 12 July at 9.30pm Bernstein: Candide, overture Gershwin: Piano concerto in in F Antonín Dvořák: Symphonie no 7 in d minor, op. 70 Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano; conducted by Krzysztof Urbanski
  • Sunday 15 July at 9.30pm Mozart: Violin Concerto no 3 in G, K 216 (Strasbourg) Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in e minor, op. 64 Pinchas Zukerman, violin
  • Wednesday 18 July at 9.30pm Brahms: Akademische Festouvertüre, op. 80 Tchaikovsky: Variations on a rococo theme for cello and orchestra, op. 33 Brahms: String quartet in g minor, op. 25 Gautier Capuçon, cello; conducted by Kristjan Järvi
  • Sunday 29 July at 9.30pm Prince’s Palace Massenet: Le Cid, extracts Rodrigo: Aranjuez harp concerto Franck: Symphony in d minor Xavier de Maistre, harp; conducted by Jésus López-Cobos
  • Thursday 2 August at 9.30pm Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 1 in C, op.15 Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F, op. 68 ‘Pastoral’ Conducted from the piano by Christian Zacharias
  • Sunday 5 August at 9.30pm Cabaret of European song: Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel Ute Lemper, contralto; conducted by Lawrence Foster
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