The upcoming 40th season running from 13th March to 7th April, promises a symphony of culture, where melodies of the past echo through the performances of contemporary virtuosos.
And it is at every season of the Printemps des Arts and especially at this 40th edition that this renewal flourishes under the ears of the Monegasque and wider faithful audience and the wonderful international coterie of performers.
The Programme includes timeless compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, to Felix Mendelssohn, the festival’s musical repertoire pays homage to the masterminds of yesteryear, fostering a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation.
Music, Art, Nature and the Planet Earth
Bruno Mantovini, the Festival’s Artistic Director, presented its rich program highlighting, “Nature and the animal world will also be in the spotlight during concerts offered by The Amazing Keystone Big Band which will give a swinging vision of Camille Saint-Saëns’ ‘Carnival of the Animals’, by the Parisii Quartet who will play the music of Joseph Haydn, the most earthly of all composers, and by the Unisoni Ensemble who will introduce us to a veritable musical bestiary at the crossroads of the 17th and 18th centuries.”
A Kaleidoscope of Photography Embracing Nature – ‘Le Sel de la Terre’
Among the star-studded constellation of events, a special soirée beckons which you may need to act very fast to snag a ticket: it’s an enchanting dinner-concert, a spectacle poised to be an instant sell-out. Here, the culinary artistry of Chef Yannick Alléno dances in harmony with musical compositions, a fusion of gastronomic delights intertwining with orchestral brilliance. There is particular mention in the press of a sensory dimension, an aromatic portrayal of the ‘Song of the Earth,’, a reflection of the emphasis on Nature in this 40th Printemps des Arts. Expect your nose to be tickled by the melodies, invoking an immersive sensorial experience that aims to transcend the boundaries of sound and scent.
A bit of history…
Founded in 1970 at the initiative of Princess Grace of Monaco and presided over by H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover since 1984, the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo is a music festival. Since May 2021, its artistic direction has been helmed by composer and conductor Bruno Mantovani, following in the footsteps of his predecessor, composer Marc Monnet. The festival offers a program that delves into history, establishing a genuine dialogue between the works presented in a single evening.
From the Middle Ages to contemporary creations, from traditional music to jazz: the Printemps des Arts juxtaposes languages, aesthetics, schools, and builds bridges between musicians who may initially seem distant.
The spirit and names of Princess Grace and Princess Caroline of Hanover are inextricably woven into the Festival… as is the spirit of Prince Rainier who created the foundation of delight in musical performances on which the Festival eventually bloomed.
Eager to establish a summer music season in Monaco, Prince Rainier III opened the doors of his residence in 1959, inviting the Monte-Carlo Opera National Orchestra to perform summer concert cycles there, featuring the most renowned solo artists from the international scene. Thus, the famous Open-Air Concerts at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco were born.
The International Arts Festival, initially held in summer, then winter, were then moved to spring: which occurred annually for fifteen days starting from Easter Saturday, beginning in 1984. H.S.H. Princess Grace then leveraged this new format with a change in name, advocating for a more impactful title. “Spring Festival” all of which morphed into to current marvel now in its 40th rendition.