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Six concerts at the Palais to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the OPMC

17 July 2019 - 12h09

From 1959 to 2019. This summer, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its sixty years of history. With the presence of two former musical directors of the orchestra, during the traditional summer concerts in the courtyard of the Palace, alongside Kazuki Yamada, current artistic and musical director.

The Palace’s main courtyard will be the site of six exceptional concerts on Thursday with Alain Altinoglu at the helm and Nora Gubisch, mezzo-soprano. Place to the violins on Sunday, July 21, followed by a piano concert on Thursday, July 25. Beethoven will be in the spotlight on July 25. And finally, two concerts, Sunday 4 and Thursday 8 August, will close these musical meetings, that become a tradition since 1959.

An old history

This idea was born in 1959 with Prince Rainier III. At the time, four concerts were on the programme honoring the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss. It is part of the centuries-old tradition of the Grimaldi protectors of arts and music in particular. As the excerpt from an article in the newspaper Aux Écoutes dated August 14, 1959 states: “Rainier takes up and modernizes a tradition: in the 18th century and until the return of the Island of Elba, the Princes of Monaco” gave of musicin the Court of Honor of the Palace for their good people. Prince Rainier III, following this tradition, opened the doors of the Court in his Palace.”  These concerts brought a strong notoriety to what was then called the National Orchestra of Monte Carlo, which critics placed among the leading European symphonic ensembles.

Having become essential musical events, these concerts bring together “the most talented conductors, instrumentalists and opera artists around the OPMC”, underlines Prince Albert II in his message, to create world creations and interpret the works of yesteryear.


Daniela Guerra

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