The 49th Nuits Musicales d'Uzès will take place from 17 to 29 July 2019.
With a programme of thirteen concerts and a Baroque Music Academy,
the festival will be held in seven magnificent locations of architectural heritage around Uzès and Uzège.
For the Festival opening, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will honoured at the Cathedral, with his sublime Requiem performed by the Accentus Choir and Insula Orchestra, and conducted by Laurence Equilbey.
Lovers of Baroque music will be able to enjoy the masterpieces of Italian vocal music, whether it be the mysterious Allegri's Miserere or Scarlatti's Stabat Mater for ten voices, performed by Voces Suaves Ensemble, and Purcell's delicate Songs sung by the countertenor Tim Mead, and accompanied by the Musiciens de Saint-Julien and François Lazarevitch.
The Cour du Duché will resonate with the lively notes of Beethoven and Brahm and their Trios for Clarinet, Piano and Cello, performed by Raphaël Sévère, Fabian Müller and Victor Julien-Laferière, as well as two piano concertos, Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major and the jazz and classical Concerto composed by the brilliant young pianist Thomas Enhco, accompanied by the Avignon-Provence Symphonic Orchestra and conducted by Samuel Jean.
The Rimsky-Korsakov Music College Female Choir from Saint-Petersburg, conducted by Serguey Ekimov, will sing On the Neva Banks in the Saint-Etienne Church, a wonderful journey through time with a selection of vocals written by some of the most influential composers of Russian choral music.
Les Ombres Ensemble, conducted by Sylvain Sartre and Margaux Blanchard, artists-in-residence since 2016 with the Nuits Musicales d'Uzès, will be present for one week during which they will perform four concerts. They will also be responsible for the educational side of the festival's Baroque Academy. The programme will include Telemann's Paris Quartets Leclair's and Vivaldi's Violin Concertos, Boccherini's Quintet for guitar, flute and strings, and the student's concert, an opportunity for the audience to listen to the new generation of Baroque musicians. These concerts will be held at the Protestant Churches in Fons-Sur-Lussa, Arpaillargues and Uzès.
Within the intimate confines of the Jardin de l'Evêché, the trumpet player Stéphane Belmondo performs Love for Chet, dedicated to fans of Chet Baker. He shares a moment of complicity to form a trio with Jesse van Ruller on the guitar and Thomas Bramerie on the double bass to pay tribute to his former musical partner.
To close the Nuits Musicales, in the Cour du Duché d'Uzès, the flamboyant soprano Patricia Petibon unveils her new recital Alcimia, her last opus composed with Didier Lockwook, an enchanting blend of classical and jazz music, ranging from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro to Frank Churchill's Some Day My Prince Will Come.
Eric Desnoues Director