“An exceptional meeting of talents”: the Castelnaudary classical music festival celebrates ten years of existence in the presence of a prestigious pianist

“An exceptional meeting of talents”: the Castelnaudary classical music festival celebrates ten years of existence in the presence of a prestigious pianist
“An exceptional meeting of talents”: the Castelnaudary classical music festival celebrates ten years of existence in the presence of a prestigious pianist

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The classical music festival Les Musicales de Castelnaudary is celebrating its tenth anniversary. On this occasion, the famous pianist François-René Duchâble will perform in the presence of professional and amateur musicians, for three evenings from Thursday June 27 to Saturday June 29.

The classical music festival Les Musicales de Castelnaudary is preparing to celebrate its tenth anniversary. On this occasion, the new edition will be held in the presence of the prestigious pianist François-René Duchâble. He will perform three evenings, from Thursday June 27 to Saturday June 29.

“The piano is the DNA of this festival, and François-René Duchâble is a big name in the piano. He is passionate, and has an immense career. He is today dedicated to numerous charity concerts,” explains Didier Laclau- Barrière, musical director.

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Three evenings dedicated to classical music

During the opening evening of the Musicales de Castelnaudary, on June 27 in the heart of the Villeneuve La Comptal church, François-René Duchâble will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Mikhaïl Glinka, Camille Saint-Saëns, as well as Francis Poulenc. He will be accompanied by bassoonist Estelle Richard, cellist Gaël Seydoux and clarinetist Francis Tropini. All are or have been members of the National Capitol Orchestra.

The festivities will continue during a second evening dedicated to classical music, which will take place in the Halle aux Grains in Castelnaudary. The pianist will offer the public a piano recital. “It’s a summary of pianistic history, it will both play and give explanations,” explains Didier Laclau-Barrière.

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The closing evening of the Musicales de Castelnaudary will take place in two parts, at the Halle aux Grains. Firstly, François-René Duchâble will perform the Emperor piano concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven. The pianist will be accompanied by the EnHarmonie orchestra, conducted by Serge Krichewski. A first in the history of the festival. “The orchestra is made up of amateurs and professionals, mainly from the Orchester national du Capitole. I like that talented amateurs can play with professional musicians,” considers Didier Laclau-Barrière.

Secondly, François-René Duchâble will perform extracts from the opera “Cosi fan tutte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. On this occasion, six opera singers will perform on stage, namely Sonia Menen, Lucile Verbizier, Céline Laborie, Nicolas Courjal, Philippe Estèphe, and Arthur Pérot. “The bringing together of all his talents is exceptional, it’s the best definition of a live performance,” smiles the musical director.

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Gather around music

Music is a pleasure that is shared: such is the motto of the Les Musicales de Castelnaudary festival. “We want to educate and bring music to a local audience. Music has a sacred, fraternal and universal side. We also want to desecrate music,” explains Didier Laclau-Barrière.

Furthermore, the young musicians from the Réseau Ouest Audois will play, on Saturday morning, a piano work of their choice in front of François-René Duchâble, who will provide them with advice.

Meeting with Nicolas Courjal

Among the six opera singers who will perform on the evening of June 29, Nicolas Courjal will perform an extract from the opera “Cosi fan tutte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Young Nicolas discovered the violin and piano at the age of six, and singing as an adult. Today, he has been performing on stage for almost thirty years. “What interests me most in opera is the theater, the acting. Telling a story on stage,” says the man who has played “all the villain roles in operas.”

Tickets to attend all three performances are still available. Reservations can be made by telephone on 04 68 23 04 17 or 06 03 98 42 60, as well as by email on [email protected]. Prices: 15 euros, 24 euros for two concerts, 36 euros for three concerts. Free for under 18s.

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