The Belgais Center of Arts is going to celebrate the warm, calm, and spiritual tranquility of Summer nights with music, as Berlioz did with his magnificent piece “Summer Nights” of 1841. In this spirit, in June, July, August, and September 2019, this location will host outdoor concerts, evoking not only a dreamlike, nocturnal universe, but also a profound connection with nature, which is such an essential part of lifting our spirits. Choral music, vocal music, music for piano, string trios, as well as dance and staged performances will all come together creating magical evenings to celeb, as Stravinsky did with spring, a “Rite of Summer”.
- “Moonlight Sonata”, on June 14 and 15, “is dedicated to the mysteries of the night and to the thirst for knowledge kindled by our contemplation of the stars, and includes “nocturnes plays” by John Field, Chopin, Liszt, and Fauré,” but also musical works that evoke the zodiac cycle, such as Stockhausen’s “Tierkreis”.
- “The Spirit of Time”, concerts held on July 19 and 20 – musical works by Arvo Pärt, Komitas, and Johann Sebastian Bach.
- “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, on August 16 and 17, follows in the footsteps of Felix Mendelssohn and his 1827 theatrical music, inspired by the play of the same name by Shakespeare. The program includes “pieces for piano and transcriptions” to celebrate” the work of this composer who is emblematic of the romantic sensibility”.
- “Songs of the Earth”, on September 14 and 15, “is a celebration of the voice”, with “a repertoire of vocal pieces by Grieg, Mendelssohn, and Mahler”.