The Ouverture ! Musique française de Semur-en Auxois is celebrating its fifth anniversary!
In four editions, the festival - supported by France Musique - has gained an ever-wider audience and growing recognition, enabling us today to offer you the greatest artists on the French and international scenes.
For this 5th edition, six shows over two weekends in October are proposed to you, which are an opportunity to discover multiple facets of French music: symphonic concerts, trios, recitals, cantatas, duets, baroque, popular, classical, romantic or contemporary music.
A great first for Semur: this year we will have the immense honour of welcoming an internationally renowned orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre, conducted by Marc Minkowski! For the occasion, the festival is organising for the first time a concert outside the Théâtre du Rempart, in the Salle Saint-Exupéry, which will be transformed for this major event, in order to accommodate the 45 musicians on stage, with a capacity of 600 spectators from all over France!
On the programme this year:
Friday 14 October at 8.30pm: Félicien Brut - accordion "J'ai deux amours
Virtuoso ambassador of the classical accordion repertoire, Félicien Brut is a young, daring and innovative talent. Coming from the musette repertoire, he recorded in 2017 with the Quatuor Hermès the album Le Pari des Bretelles which shakes up the codes by bringing together Gershwin, Prokofiev, Piazzolla, Galliano and Brel. Rediscovering a popular style and reconciling it with classical music is the challenge of this musician who does not hesitate to deploy the accordion in all musical universes.
Saturday 15 October at 8.30pm: Les Accents - direction Thibault Noally, Emmanuelle de Negri - soprano, Renato Dolcini - baritone, " Cantates Françaises ".
Founded in 2014 by violinist Thibault Noally and dedicated to the vocal and instrumental repertoires of the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly Italian, the ensemble Les Accents is back for this new edition of the Ouverture Festival of which Thibault Noally is the artistic director. Among other well-known and lesser-known gems, Emmanuelle de Negri and Renato Dolcini will perform Héraclite et Démocrite by Jean-Baptiste Stuck (1680-1755), a pioneer of the 'united tastes' movement, combining French and Italian styles.
Sunday 16 October at 4.30 pm: Emmanuelle de Negri - soprano, Romain Descharmes - piano, "Fleurs enchantées
The soprano Emmanuelle de Negri will offer us a concert of poems sung on the theme of flowers, based on arias by Fauré, Debussy and Lili Boulanger. The lyric singer, who has enchanted the French and international stages, will be accompanied by the pianist Romain Deschamps, winner of the Dublin International Grand Prix and a guest on the prestigious stages of New York's Carnegie Hall or Beijing's Forbidden City.
Friday 21 October at 8:30 pm: Shani Diluka - piano, Marie-Christine Barrault - narrator, " À la recherche du temps perdu " (In search of lost time)
In honour of Marcel Proust, who died 100 years ago, Marie-Christine Barrault, a legend of French theatre and cinema, and Shani Diluka invite us on a musical and literary journey inspired by The Proust album, the pianist's latest recording. This interweaving of excerpts from La Recherche du temps perdu and the musical works that inspired it (from Fauré and Debussy to Reynaldo Hahn) offers a unique way to discover Proust, between texts and musical reminiscences.
Saturday 22 October at 7.30pm: Les Musiciens du Louvre - conductor Marc Minkowski, Thomas Dolié - baritone, "Nouvelle Symphonie Imaginaire
For the 5th edition of the Ouverture festival, the Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski will perform La Nouvelle symphonie imaginaire after Jean-Philippe Rameau, on period instruments and with the collaboration of baritone Thomas Dolié. Like the first Symphonie imaginaire created in 2005, the work brings together an anthology of the most beautiful symphonic pages from Rameau's operas: Castor et Pollux, Les Indes Galantes and Dardanus. As the Dijon-based composer did not leave a symphony to posterity, we owe it to the director Ivan Alexandre to have imagined its assembly.
Sunday 23 October at 4.30 pm: Trio Zadig - violin, cello and piano, "Hommage à Saint-Saëns
The Trio Zadig pays tribute to Camille Saint-Saëns, composer and transcriber of genius. The Trio No. 2 in D minor, op. 92 composed by Saint-Saëns himself, will be accompanied by his arrangements of pieces by Rameau and Liszt, who was his great friend. Winners of 11 international prizes, Trio Zadig offers an original programme of rare pieces, performed with elegance and enthusiasm.