The historic seafront city of Essaouira will hold the 19th festival of Printemps Musical des Alizes, which will revisit a repertoire of classical music.
Rabat – Essaouira, a walled 18th-century seafront city 200 kilometers away from Marrakech, will host the annual 19th Printemps Musical des Alizés (Spring Trade Winds Music festival), an event dedicated to classical music.
Initiated by the Essaouira Mogador Association, the festival will run on April 25-28.
Much to the delight of lovers of chamber music and opera, the festival will be exclusively dedicated to acoustic music, bringing together young talents and renowned musicians.
The concert, which will be open to all for free, will be staged in the various squares of the city, including Dar Souiri cultural centre, El Menzeh square in the medina (walled city), or within the walls of Bayt Addakira.
The festival will furnish the historic city with an “intimate” melody that highlights all its “nobility and depth” in chamber music and lyrical art, Association Essaouira-Mogador said in a press release.
“And because lyrical art has always been part of the Festival des Alizés, soprano Marie-Laure Garnier will perform in recital around Brahms,” read the festival’s announcement.
This year’s festival will bring the most prominent artists from previous trade winds festivals. At the same time, a number of sessions will be dedicated to new artists as well.
The concert “Beethoven l’impétueux” (The Impetuous Beethoven) will open the celebration with duets, trios, and piano, which will be played by the French laureates, pianist Guillaume Vincent alongside cellist Bruno Philippe, clarinettist Raphael Severe, and violinist Elias David Moncado.
The festival will indulge the audience in the magnificent piece Antonio Vivaldi’s “gloria” while the trio Metral band will play Mendelssohn’s Piano trio.
The festival will also present the audience with Howard Hanson’s String Quartet while Metral-Vincent will pay tribute to Robert Schumann.