Béjart Ballet – St Prex Classics unveils its programme for 2011

April 20, 2011


two dancers enjoying the groove

St Prex Classics unveils its programme for 2011

St Prex Classics, August 16-28, 2011

St Prex, April xx 2011 – With a clutch of established stars, some innovative artistic partnerships and an ample sprinkling of young talent, the St Prex Classics this year boasts all the ingredients that have made it one of Switzerland’s most distinguished musical festivals.

Topping the bill at the Classics, formerly known as the St Prex Festival, will be Philippe Jaroussky, Nigel Kennedy, Gautier Capuçon and Jérémie Bélingard. These internationally renowned musicians, who are accustomed to playing in the most prestigious venues, will be offering entirely new programmes.

Philippe Jaroussky, one of the most celebrated counter-tenors of the moment, will interpret French melodies accompanied by pianist Jérome Ducros and Capuçon on the cello. The two performances that these fine exponents of French musicianship have conceived especially for the festival will be rich in rarely heard musical scores.

In another musical first, the iconoclast violin of Nigel Kennedy will accompany the Paris Opera’s star dancer Jérémie Bélingard to the sound of Bach, Vivaldi and … Jimi Hendrix! Knowing the temperaments of the two artists, one can imagine that their coming together will truly be explosive!

Music and dance will celebrate another “premiere” when, under the direction of Julio Arozarena, the Béjart Ballet will dance to the sound of the Gershwin Piano Quartet, performing tunes from Gershwin, Bernstein and Cole Porter.

Up and coming talent will also be well represented, notably with the presence of two young musicians – Mauro Lo Conte, piano, and Iskandar Widjaja, violin – who caused such a sensation at the 2010 festival. It will be a great pleasure to welcome them back. It is a way for the St Prex Classics to reaffirm its commitment to accompanying the progress of the most promising musical talent.

Also among the young talents performing at the Classics in 2011 is Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, who is well known to music lovers in Suisse Romande, or French-speaking Switzerland.

For the first time ever, there will also be an orchestra at St Prex. The Camerata Armin Jordan, a chamber orchestra formed in 2008, mainly by musicians from the renowned Suisse Romande Orchestra (OSR), will play under the direction of Benoit Willmann, a clarinettist with the OSR.

In total, the St Prex Classics will offer 10 concerts this year.

Practical information:
The complete programme for the St Prex Classics 2011 is available on line via the festival website. For any photographs, please contact info@stprexfestival.com. Seats can be booked from mid-April 2011 through Ticketcorner either online at Ticket Corner’s website or by phone (0900 800 800). There will be 3,500 seats on sale for the festival.

Watch this video of Béjart Ballet from CVN Television.

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