Classical music festival: Folle Journée at Les Sables-d’Olonne this weekend!

The Pocket Symphony on the Atlantis stage on Sunday 29 January for the festival’s closing concert. ©William Beaucardet

“Ode to the Night”. It is around this theme that programs from 20e festival edition of La Folle Journée will decrease. As part of the Crazy day in the regionCity of Sables d’Olonne will welcome eight concerts and conferences.

Crazy Days is one of the most important and qualitative national events around classical music.

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This festival allows easy access to all through its programming but also cheap ticket prices for the concert given by national and international famous artists.

If there’s still room for all the concerts scheduled this weekend, some are almost full. So don’t delay booking your tickets anymore.


– “Night in the Opera” by Cello8 on Friday January 27th at 8:30 pm in Atlantis (8 euros). Drawing from the vocal repertoire, Roland Pidoux, eminent cellist, signed off on a transcript of this program intended for a specific ensemble: cello octets – in this case Cello8, an ensemble of young musicians created by the Talents et Violon’ association. “All the best French cellists will be brought together for this concert”, René Martin announced.

– “Nocturne for piano and its influence: from Chopin to Fauré” conference on Saturday 28 January at 11am at the Sainte-Croix convent (admission is free). A sound journey to explore the poetic and musical dimensions of this emblematic 19th-century genre.e century and which constitutes a repertoire highly valued by pianists. A conference is punctuated by various excerpts of music.

– “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Mendelssohn by the Paris Mozart Orchestra on Saturday 28 January at 15:30 in Atlantes (12 euros). Directly inspired by Shakespeare’s comedy, which wonderfully recreates the atmosphere of nocturnal magic, this orchestral masterpiece by Mendelssohn is one of the most beautiful romantic awakenings of the night, especially the middle Nocturne depicting the sleeping protagonists. chip. “It’s a goldsmith, magic”, René Martin assures.

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– “Quintet for piano and strings in E flat major opus 44” by Schumann by Jean-Frédéric Neuburger on piano and Elmire Quartet on strings Saturday 28 January at 6pm at Atlantes (8 euros). A milestone in the history of chamber music, Quintet opus 44 is a masterpiece of lyrics and freshness, combining imaginative fantasy and masterful writing. Revealing a stark contrast, the movement of the two defies the deaf and stifled theme of the funeral march with a moving melody in C major rising like a prayer filled with hope. “Jean-Frédéric Neuburger on piano is one of the brightest for me. He is absolutely brilliant”, commented René Martin.

– “Round Midnight” jazz concert on Saturday 28 January at 8:30 pm in Atlantis (10 euros). An extraordinary journey around blues and jazz in 50s New York: summoning the spirit of Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins or even Thelonious Monk, Paul Lay and his musicians recreate the intimate and cushy jazz club atmosphere of on 52nd Street, with melodies drawn from blues, gospel, and the American Songbook – My Funny Valentine, Amazing Grace, or Round Midnight…: so many upbeat melodies that house poetry, swing, mystery, and the intensity of collective play. A lively concert in an atmosphere worthy of a jazz club, with Eric le Lann, one of the best trumpet players in the world.

– Family concert “The Magic Violin” on Sunday 29 January at 2pm in Les Atlantes (10 euros). In a faraway kingdom night reigns, for day has disappeared without anyone knowing how to explain it. So ever since he was very young, Sacha had only one dream: to find the sun. With only the violin entrusted by his grandfather, the boy is finally off… on his quest, will he be able to bring back the light? The concert was given in benefit of the Western Cancer Institute (ICO). For children from 4 years old.

– “Night in Haiti” by Celimène Daudet on Sunday January 29th at 4pm in Atlantis (4 euros). A program with a flavor of elsewhere and that plunges us into the depths of the Haitian night… On the one hand, the mysterious atmosphere of a voodoo ceremony with its repetitive melodies and rhythms, on the other hand a whirlwind of festivities with the sweet, swaying rhythms of Haitian popular dance – méringues -, and the carnival accents of Afro-Caribbean dances spinning until dawn in popular balls.

– “Nocturnal view of the soul” by the Chausson trio on Sunday 29 January at 17:30 in Atlantis (6 euros). Trio with piano. On the program, Schubert: Notturno for piano, violin and cello opus 148 D.897; Chopin: Nocturne in E major opus 62 n°2; Mussorgsky: Evening on Bald Mountain; Sørensen: Phantasmagoria for piano trio

– “Boris Vian, night skimmer” Sunday January 29 at 7pm in Atlantis (10 euros). Songwriter, musician, poet, trumpeter, composer, novelist, Boris Vian is a “night owl”… Specializing in historical and popular songs, the ensembles Les Lunaisiens and La Symphonie de Poche have conceived an exuberant and poetic program around the characters this atypical with rich and protean works. An original show that will not fail to seduce the public.

Musical ensemble Sirba Octet will be offering the family concert “The Magic Violin” on Sunday morning 29 January. ©Caroline Doutre

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