Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

To attract visitors back to frequenting – and spending money – in centre ville, the mayors of the 1st and 7th arrondissements have devised a programme of entertainments in a pedestrianised Canebiere on the last Sunday of each month, a great idea.  I reported on our visit in January here: https://aixcentric.com/2017/01/24/marseille-surprises-on-sunday/

This coming Sunday, March 26th, the event will have ‘Musique’ as the theme. (more…)

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Another in the popular ‘National Theatre Live’ productions will be aired in Aix next Sunday.  It’s the all-new Peter Shaffer production  of Amadeus.  The critics have raved, not just about the stunning performances of the actors but at the freshness and creativity of the production.
Vienna, music capital of the 18th century world.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash.  Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it.  Seized by obsessive jealousy, he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.
The production assembles and reassembles itself – a virtuosic whirl of bits of scenery, fantastic singers, excerpts from the operas that, in their aesthetic, become wittily and pointedly ahead of their time.
Says organiser Karen Wildau: ‘You get the picture; come join us.  The production is three hours long and during its interval of 20 minutes will feature a Viennese Cafe Gourmand: Sacher Torte and strudel, coffee or tea—for only 13 euros (in addition to your ticket cost).  Tickets must be purchased on line at https://www.weezevent.com/amadeus.     
Please print out your tickets and bring them along’.
Time: 14:30, Sunday 19th March
Venue: Hotel Renaissance, 320 Avenue Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Aix (and how cool is that address!)

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header-left-v01-001Christmas is a perfect time to enjoy the wonderful music of Bach and next weekend there is an opportunity to do just that when the Academie Bach Aix celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Its new president, Robert Wildau told Aixcentric: ‘This will be the group’s biggest event ever. A devout love of Bach’s music and a profound understanding of its spiritual significance animate its performances’.

At the ‘A Fleur de Bach’ festival, singers and instrumentalists from all over Europe will perform in cantatas for the Advent season, small instrumental ensembles and even jazz-oriented improvisations for piano and cello. 

Gilles Cantagrel, former director of France Musique and honorary president of the Academie, will introduce various works and give a lecture about Christmas in Leipzig, Germany, during Bach’s time there as Choirmaster.

Showings of the 2003 Swiss film, “My Name is Bach,” and tastings of a local craft beer brewed specially for the festival will lighten up the intervals between concerts.

When? 8-11th December bach

Where? at the Institut Americain Universitaire (IAU) and various churches in Aix and Marseille.

Details: You’ll find details at http://festivalafleurdebach.fr

Says Robert Wildau: ‘the series figures to be a veritable feast for Bach enthusiasts’.   

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le tholonetLes Nuits Musicales du Tholonet has just begun in the Parc du Chateau du Tholonet.  Tonight, 25th June, the programme includes various choral groups including the Marseille soul singers, while tomorrow the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Pays d’Aix will be playing Beethoven’s Symphony no 4 and Schubert’s Symphony no 3.  Both concerts start at 21:00 and are free.

feteducinemaIt’s sometimes a relief to go into the cinema on these hot days of summer, so good timing for the annual La Fete du Cinema which runs from 26-29th June.  It is 4 euros per entry.

Another annual favourite is La Provence’s summer issue of ‘A Table’ which reviews all the latest on the local restaurant scene.  And, as usual, they have their unmissable round-up of the best wines of the summer.  It’s just 3,90€ at kiosks and is a fund of information!a table



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This year, the Fete de la Musique in Aix will be taking place on Friday June 24th, fetedelamusiqueinstead of the traditional June 21st, as the police are needed in Marseille for the Euro 2016 football match that evening.

Parking is usually pretty impossible but extra public transport will be available: details here http://www.aixenprovence.fr/Aix-fait-sa-fete-de-la-musique-le-24-juin

This link also takes you to a 4-page programme for the evening’s events.trueones 

I love listening to all the different bands but an annual favourite is The True Ones who play stuff I’ve actually heard of, in rue d’Italie.

Have a great Fete!

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flaneries-art-aix-2016This coming weekend, June 18th-19th, sees the annual ‘Flaneries d’art contemporain dans les  jardins aixois, a very long title but it does sum up the event.

Potters, painters, photographers and jewellers will be exhibiting their wares and there is a programme of music and literary readings throughout each afternoon. Set in six different gardens, it’s all free and an excellent opportunity to explore some of the gardens which are  normally closed to the public.

Click here for the programme: http://www.aix-en-oeuvres.com/

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Académie Bach Aix Concerts Ascension 2016.05 Recto


















The first is this weekend, the Academie Bach Aix will be performing music for the Ascension at Cucuron on the 6th, Venelles on the 7th and Aix on the 8th. This choir is in its third year and a friend who is singing assures me that ‘the music is absolutely gorgeous’.

Then, on Saturday 28 May (21:00) and Sunday 29 May (16:00), there will be a performance, by Opus 13, of Bach’s Cantate BWV 150 in the Eglise du Saint-Esprit, Aix…full details on this poster : Affiche 2016 Aix

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