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Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo Offers Travelers a Sophisticated Spring Break


By Joseph Romero

Paris, 24 March 2005 —A longtime favorite of the Parisian élite, Monaco's annual Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo (Spring Arts Festival, 1-17 April 2005) offers today's leisure traveler a chic respite from the gray, frigid damp of a seemingly interminable winter in North America and Europe.

Grouped in five thematic cycles of three days each and spread out over several venues throughout the Principality of Monaco, the festival features art, music, theater and dance. This year the festival features notable classical music offerings, with a particular focus on the piano, including recitals and concerto performances by a diverse group of keyboard artists from  Pierre-Laurent Aimard, François Frédéric Guy and Martine Joste to Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jos van Immerseel and Arthur Schooenderwoerd. Selections span composers from the Classical and Romantic (Haydn and Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin) to the contemporary (Stockhausen and John Cage).

Composers Mauricio Kagel, Betsy Jolas and Pierre Henry will present new or recent works for acoustical, mechanical and electronic forces. And for those with an interest in early music the Ensemble Doulce Mémoire can be heard in the Cathédrale de Monaco in sacred music by Roland de Lassus and Cristobal de Morales. An exhibition of 30 period pianos from 1780 to the present day is also on view at the Auditorium Rainier III from 2 to 9 April.

The complete programme is available online at: http://www.printempsdesarts.com/



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