15 June, 2002

Flaneries champagne-style

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The 18th music festival in Reims is dedicated to the famous cello player Mstislav Rostropovitch, one of the friends of the festival, who has died since the last festival one year ago.

A high-quality music festival takes place all summer in the city of Reims and surroundings. Mainly classical and jazz concerts of quality take place two/three times per day, many of them free.

Several champagne houses open their high profile pleasure gardens, -yards and/or houses as setting of some of the concerts. This year the following are open:

  • June 24th, 4 PM:
    Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin - Manoir de Verzy:
    Gaëlle Solal, guitar: Pujol/Regondi/Tarrega/Rodrigo
  • June 29th, 4 PM:
    Champagne Mumm:
    Jazz/Quartet Océan
  • July 8th, 3, 4, 5 PM:
    Taittinger/Demeure de Comtes de Champagne:
    Vilém Veverka/Katerina Englichhová: Vorvola/Eben/Debussy
  • July 11th, 4 PM:
    Champagne Ruinart:
    Trio Con Fuoco: Beethoven/Brahms
  • July 18th, 4 PM:
    Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin/Hôtel Particulier du Marc:
    Feeling Brass Quintet: Farnaby/Ewald/Goedicke/Puccini/Turner/Piazzolla/Bach
Read the rest of the programme here

Buildings that are part of the historical heritage of Reims also play their part as concert halls: The cathedral, the basilica of Saint-Rémi, Hôtel Le Vergeur, Palais du Tau and Ancien Collège des Jésuites and the theatre, circus and several concert halls. Last but not least the completely new TGV-railwaystation in Bézannes.

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