The concerts at Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne
Every season the Festival Valloire baroque offers, together with the Espace Culturel Le Savoie, a special concert at Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne.
An all-audience concert, it is in particular designed to awaken a desire for classical music among the younger, but also, in line with the association’s purpose, “to develop an interest for this music among the residents of Valloire and the neighbouring area”.
This concert, held at the Espace Culturel Le Savoie, offers a “customized” programme meant to capture the attention and challenge the curiosity of children, some of the younger ones are barely 7. Punctuated with comments, it is often interactive, the pieces of music chosen being of the particularly lively and unexpected kind.
There have been quite a number of beautiful experiences since the first concert in 2012!
Among them was La Volière royale, the highly pastoral concert by Alice Julien-Laferrière imitating birdsongs with her violin… against a backdrop of on-screen photos of the very birds.
There was also Le violin magique by the string ensemble SyLF, featuring a violin maker and a live full-screen film of his work putting together an instrument played at the end of the concert.
Not to forget the Bric Baroque à Brac show by the Fitzwilliam ensemble accompanied by an actress whose performance mixed music, tale-telling, poetry and magic, and of course, to inaugurate the series in 2012, the impressive concert of baroque percussion by Marie-Ange Petit’s ensemble.
Year after year, the 3pm-concert at Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne gathers around 160 children from the whole valley. They are accompanied by the staff of various leisure centres who, together with the festival’s team, have prepared them to the event, and also a number of local facilitators and residents from nearby retirement homes.