The ClassiCahors festival, for its 8th edition, unveils an ambitious and prestigious program. With a shovel of new releases as well as a few must-haves, classical music lovers are in for a treat from July 21 to August 7.
In eight years of existence, the ClassiCahors festival is renewed each year and offers an ever more ambitious and ever more prestigious programme. Even if the trademark always remains the same: to discover classical music with ease and at affordable prices.
This Friday, Sonia Sempéré, director of the festival, and Emmanuel Pélaprat, artistic director, presented the 2023 program in front of many elected officials at the Best Western Plus Hôtel Divona, in Cahors.
Many women in the spotlight
Before the festival, you have to go through the prelude. Three concerts are offered beforehand. On Sunday April 2, at the Sacré-Coeur church in Cahors, the Cervin quartet will perform a Danish work. This is, of course, part of the year of Denmark which follows its little way in the city prefecture. On April 29, the festival joins forces with the association “Les Gardiens de l’Ange” to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the gift of the Angel of Lazaretto, by the sculptor Marc Petit, to the city of Cahors. For this occasion, the great cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton will give a free concert.
And finally, on July 7, at La Prade, a tribute to Aretha Franklin thanks to the Natural Woman Band. This group collaborates with the string quartet from the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse. 14 musicians will be on stage. “This shows that in classical music, we have other openings. We will have people from the classical world who will be curious, and above all a new audience attracted by the music of Aretha Franklin”, confides Sonia Sempéré.
Another great lady will be honored during the festival: it is the woman of letters, Colette. On Monday July 24, at the Grand Cahors auditorium, there will therefore be a mixture of music and theatre. Two pianists will perform works for 4 hands through literary dialogues played by an actress.
Youth: the heart of the festival
ClassiCahors puts many young people in the spotlight. “We want to show that young people are interested in classical music,” says Sonia Sempéré. On July 22, place for a young prodigy. This is Etienne Rall, a 14-year-old Gramatois, who plays the piano. He will perform Chopin and Ravel. This teenager is blind, and was able to get where he is thanks to Braille methods. Admission is set at 10 euros, part of which will be donated to an association for young blind people. On Sunday July 23, at the Saint-Pierre church in Caillac, it is Gabriel Rignol, aged about twenty, who will take the spectators into his world. His particuliarity ? His strange instrument: a theorbo. This will be followed by a country cocktail.
A choir course will again be organized in the middle of the festival. It will be overseen by renowned choir and orchestra conductor Michel Piquemal. It is intended for amateur choristers. “People shouldn’t be afraid to make an appointment. If you want to embark on a great musical adventure, you are welcome”, smiles the director. This will give rise to a concert on July 31, in partnership with the “Grain d’étoiles” association. The festival orchestra will also be in charge of closing the festival. On August 7, at the Saint-Barthélémy church, young musicians with degrees from higher conservatories will play chamber music, led by the Dutilleux quartet.