In about ten days, the Gabriel-Fauré festival kicks off. To perpetuate the legacy of the famous Appamean composer, the town hall has decided to summon several aesthetics, without forgetting to seduce young people.
Drum roll for this great comeback. Even if the Orchester du Capitole had filled up last fall during a single concert, the Gabriel-Fauré festival had been dormant for two years. From now on, it will take place in the spring. And it is the town hall which is at the turntables. After more than 25 years of good and loyal service, the association Musiques au pays de Gabriel-Fauré has officially passed the torch to the community. Just to renew this event which transforms Pamiers into the capital of classical music every year. So from May 8 to 14 inclusive, a revisited program will be offered to the public, always in close collaboration with Jean Dardigna, president of the association.
A forever love story
“It’s just a facelift! We are not going to radically change what has worked for 25 years. Above all, we want the festival to appeal to a renewed audience of young people. Our challenge is to promote access to classical music for an audience not won over to the cause through a new image, expanded programming and ultra-attractive pricing.We are very proud that Jean Dardigna entrusted us with the torch. If there are two projects that are particularly close to the heart of Frédérique Thiennot and Jean-Luc Lupiéri, it is the Carmel and the Gabriel-Fauré festival”, loose Sébastien Gonzalez, director of cultural affairs (DAC). A man who has already suffered some criticism on the new baptismal name of the operation: “Gabriel Fauré, forever”. “It’s a play on words to anchor it in the future of Pamiers by hinting at a love story. In fact, it’s a real statement!” The policy is done.
On the programming side, the ball will be opened on May 8, in the Carmel cloister, by the Foucheneret brothers, presented as “prodigies” who embody the next generation of the genre. Wednesday, May 11, place for the initiation of schoolchildren and children in general with four performances of “Pavane”, a puppet show that evokes a love story between Gabriel the pianist and Amaïa, singer. And it’s free! Thursday, May 12, it is the immense pianist Philippe Cassard who will resonate Debussy, Schubert and of course, Fauré at the Jeu-du-Mail.
Friday, May 13, place for Sandra Nkaké at Jeu-du-Mail. This singer crowned with a Victoire de la Musique immediately accepted the invitation of the town hall. Alongside Étienne Daho, Philippe Katerine Jeanne Added, this Frenchwoman of Cameroonian origin was part of Baum, an artistic collective that revisited the composer’s works. So sing at Pamiers, how can I put it? “It is wonderful to see that Gabriel Fauré is a modern composer and an illustrious figure in Appamean life. Everyone wants to be part of the perspectives that are drawn around his heritage”, underlines Sébastien Gonzalez who was particularly proud to hear “L’Élégie” on the ice rink at the Beijing Olympics. “The idea is to also show that alongside classical music, there are several aesthetics that gravitate”, continues the DAC.
The public will be served with Jean-Paul Raffit and “The OCH leaves in Fauré”. Electric guitar, electro sounds and improvisation are on the program for May 14 but “without ever betraying Fauré”, warns the town hall. We don’t forget either the premises of the stage with the ensemble Les Voix d’Apamée which will perform for free on Saturday May 14, at 5 p.m., at the Notre-Dame-du-Camp church.
The most Appamean of the Fuxeans
Jean-Philippe Collard, Renaud Capuçon and even Luc Ferry. Impossible to transcribe the litany of big names in classical music and the world of culture who paraded in Pamiers for more than 25 years. Everyone, or almost, thinks that everything started from the rue Major where Gabriel Fauré was born on May 12, 1845. But in reality the branch of Fauré from which the composer came was established in Varilhes from the 15th century. As a child, Gabriel Fauré quickly left Pamiers for Foix where he continued his education. Moreover, in a letter addressed in 1906 to his wife, Marie Frémet, the musician evokes a “ringing of bells in Montgauzy which, in the evening arrived from Cadirac”. Then head for Paris to carry out the studies that will lead him to develop his talent. But the prodigy never forgot his Ariège ties, in particular his cousins who stayed in Pamiers.