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500 years of music

The Regional Orchestra of Cannes-Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur is preparing to explore over 500 years of music history during its eventful 2016/2017 season.

The upcoming season will see 18 soloists and 11 guest conductors welcomed into the orchestra’s ranks, and will include a wide range of different types of music. The planned concerts range in style, from classical music to jazz to contemporary baroque. Although the official start of the season is not until 16th October, there are several events to be taken advantage of before this date. For example, the Banlieu Classic Festival, the Festival d’Art Sacrée in Antibes and the Fête du Port Canto in Cannes will all feature the orchestra.

The 37-member orchestra will start their official season under the direction of guest conductor György G. Rath with a concert on 16th October. Serbian guest soloist Nemanja Radulovic will be a guest soloist at this concert, which sees the classical music of Beethoven and Schubert on the programme.

Created in 1975, the Orchestra of Cannes-PACA has always been very important to the Côte d’Azur’s music scene. Every year they offer nearly 100 concerts at venues on the French Riviera and also during tours around countries such as Brazil, China and America.

This new season will see the appointment of a new Chief Conductor after the departure of Wolfgang Doerner, who has led the orchestra for the past three years.

The orchestra prides itself on the accessibility of its work, travelling to schools, hospitals and prisons to perform. To inspire children to get involved with orchestral music, the orchestra organised special events such as on 22nd October where Nicolas André will lead the Orchestra in a performance of Peter Pain in the Auditorium des Arlucs.