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For Christophe Honoré, “showing a film to a child is like entrusting it to an adult we don’t know.” But what about classical music? When the realm of harmonies, pauses and silences rubs shoulders with the world of spontaneity and laughter, anything is possible.

Peter and the Wolf, the musical tale for kids, performed in June, in Geneva.

Genève If music has the heart of a child, it no doubt lives encapsulated in Peter and the Wolf, the musical fairy tale written in 1936 for the Central Children’s Theater in Moscow, in which Prokofiev narrates the adventures of little Peter, his grandfather and the animals on their farm. This stripped down production rigorously respects the Russian composer’s work, in which each character is personified by a different instrument. The work is followed by one of Prokofiev’s less well-known tales, The Winter Bonfire, the story of a group of boys from Moscow going to a camp in the country. Both scores feature a narrator, who gives body to the music like an actor.

 

Lille Prodiges is a hit show that brings classical music to the TV screen. After three successful seasons, the famous program for talented young musicians is preparing an exceptional concert that will bring together 10,000 choir singers accompanied by the Orchestre National de Lille. These 10,000 children from all backgrounds, from first grade to high school, will take over the Stade Pierre-Mauroy to present a year of choral studies, encouraged by lead dancer Patrick Dupond, cellist Gautier Capuçon and soprano Elizabeth Vidal. The entire performance is orchestrated by Marianne James. Prodigious!

Paris A powerful composer committed to clarity and rigor, Camille Saint-Saëns nevertheless had a sparkling sense of humor. He often directed this joie de vivre at young listeners eager to discover classical music. This is borne out by his Carnival of the Animals, a veritable zoological fantasy, each of whose 14 (short) movements is inspired by an animal. Francis Blanche’s text adds a humorous note to the work, which can be enjoyed at the Parc Floral de Paris, suffused with the light and smells of late spring. A carnival with a hint of summer vacation.

Agenda

PIERRE ET LE LOUP / LE BÛCHER D’HIVER

Du 25.06.2017 au 28.06.2017

Direction musicale : Philippe Béran. Opéra des Nations.

www.geneveopera.ch

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