Piano à St Ursanne

Music, Classical and opera
© Jacques Bélat
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Piano a St-Ursanne
© Jacques BélatDana Ciocarlie, left, Christiane Baume-Sanglard, right © Jacques Bélat
Piano à Saint-Ursanne 2
© Roger MeierPiano à Saint-Ursanne, août 2009 © Roger Meier

A ten-day piano festival in a medieval town near the French border.

Looking to blast back to the past? Deep between lush rolling hills a stone’s throw from the French border, the medieval city of St. Ursanne hosts a ten-day festival where piano is the guest of honour in an open cloister of the city’s collegiate church. On the programme this summer, Director Vincent Baume presents the theme ‘Autour de la Variation’ with a range of performances by internationally recognized artists including Lorenzo Soulès with Beethoven and Debussy; Mikhaïl Sporov with an interpretation of Rachmaninov and Chopin; Alexei Volodin with Scarlatti; and Dominiqe Schwimmer and Jessica Marquis with Mozart, Albéniz, and Brahms. The actor Marie-Christine Barrault presents alongside Hugues Leclère at the piano, and the Van Kuijk String Quartet will hold a signing at its August 9 performance.