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25 outdoor classical music and jazz concerts

The Nice Classic Live celebrates its fourth edition this year. From July 20 to August 15, meet in the shade of the olive trees in the garden of the Arènes de Cimiez in Nice for a musical world tour in 25 concerts.

Journey between classical and jazz

The festive program of Nice Classic Live is a real invitation to travel.

For nearly four weeks, artists from all walks of life will follow one another on the Matisse stage, while the public will wander between 18th century Austria, New York cabarets, France during the Roaring Twenties and the Italy of Mendelssohn.

Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Mahler… And especially Stravinsky and Saint-Saëns, massively represented throughout the festival, in tribute to their fiftieth and hundredth anniversary of death.

Some concerts not to be missed:

Exceptional concert with Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Petitgirard, Mendelssohn, from 9 p.m. At its head, the conductor Laurent Petitgirard, with the soloists Marie-Pierre Langlamet on the harp, Vincent Lucas on the flute and Gilles Apap on the violin.

Like a Broadway tune on the Matisse stage! The Nice CRR Orchestra, conducted by Thierry Muller, will take the public to the United States. The songs taken from musicals will be performed by Neïma Naouri, who is none other than the daughter of Natalie Dessay.

  • Wednesday July 28: women’s words with Natalie Dessay

A double evening that will begin at 7 p.m. with Ionah Maïatsky for the springboard stage then at 9 p.m., soprano Natalie Dessay will deliver a very feminine recital: Alma Malher, Clara Wieck-Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn…, in the company of pianist Philippe Cassard.

  • Monday August 9: Thomas Enhco and Vassilena Serafimova

Jazz on Bach is possible with these two talented artists. One on the piano, the other on the marimba. They revisit the world of Johann Sebastian Bach in a rhythmic and visual show.

  • Sunday August 15: Pierre Bertrand

At the end of the festival, jazz with “Colors”! As its name suggests, the concert highlights the relationship between music and colors thanks to a quintet headed by saxophonist Pierre Bertrand.

Discover all the programming here:

Place for young people

For this fourth edition, artistic director Marie-Josèphe Jude wanted to focus on the new generation. The many new talents will be able to perform on stage in front of a real audience. A much appreciated boost, especially in this period of health crisis, during which the artists were deprived of shows.

On certain evenings, the luckiest will therefore be able to discover seven talents of tomorrow thanks to the “springboard scenes” imagined by the director of the festival: at the piano: July 21: Stella Almondo, July 28: Ionah Maïatsky, August 10: Virgile Roche. And also, on August 3: a quartet with Ninon Hannecart-Ségal and Charles Heisser on piano and Aurélien Gignoux and Olivia Martinaux on percussion.

And to finish, three end-of-session concerts played by the young talents of the International Summer Academy of Nice will be given on July 24 and 31 and August 7.

An exceptional decor

It is in the Cimiez district and more precisely at the top of its hill, that the Nice Classic Live stage is located, opposite the Matisse Museum. A place full of history, which also offers a magnificent view of Nice and its bay.

A festival for all

This multidisciplinary event aims to reach a wide audience, in particular by setting up a ticket office accessible to as many people as possible:

  • the Matisse price: between €19 and €29, €9 for children under 26 on presentation of ID and free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
  • the price “Under the olive trees”: from €5 to €9
  • the Arsud discovery ticket “: 1 ticket purchased = 1 ticket offered Price reserved for residents of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

Tickets can be purchased online here or on site using the electronic ticket office.

Useful information and links

Nice Classic Live
From July 20 to August 15
In front of the Matisse Museum in Nice
Full program here

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