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the dates to remember for the summer cultural program

Over the years, villages and mountain resorts have proved that they have more than just a formidable playground to defend. In Haute Tarentaise, culture, and in particular music, should be used to highlight the two most precious assets of the valley: architectural heritage and natural heritage, with places offering very beautiful musical scenes.

In turn, the largest ski resorts have been able to develop festivals which today radiate over an entire territory, winter and summer: MusicAlp in Tignes (July 23 to August 19), Classicaval in Val d’Isère (January and March ) and of course the unmissable Les Arcs Music Festival (July 15 to 29). A recognition of the 4e an art that is also experienced through learning, with 500 students enrolled each year in the inter-municipal music school.

The Return of the Baroque Festival

But beyond private initiatives, the CCHT wishes to stimulate a dynamic at the scale of the territory. This notably involves the continuation of regular meetings, such as the Baroque Festival of Tarentaise, whose 31e edition will take place from July 25 to August 14. Historically established in Moûtiers and Albertville, its two biggest partners, the event has tended, for several years, to “colonize” the upper part of the valley, even if it means going into exile in more rural, more mountainous regions. This will once again be the case this summer with no less than seven concerts from July 29 to August 14, between Séez and Val d’Isère. Concerts that also give the possibility of (re)discovering the cultural heritage of the valley, the latter occurring in some of the many churches and chapels scattered throughout the territory.

As an introduction to these concerts, the municipalities of Val d’Isère, Sainte Foy Tarentaise and Séez are now offering Baroque Days, inviting participants to discover Baroque art in a new light through a host of fun and unusual activities intended for General public.

Born just after the Baroque, classical music will also be performed in the valley with the Académie-Festival des Arcs through two free performances, a “Mozartement yours” evening, this Friday July 22 at 9 p.m. in the church of Sainte Foy Tarentaise, and a cine-concert around a film by Charlie Chaplin accompanied on the accordion by Bruno Maurice and organized in the church of Villaroger, on Tuesday July 26 at 9 p.m.

In a completely different register, we will find a series of nomadic concerts of acoustic music, as part of the 11e edition of the Tour of refuges. 46 performances are offered there, from June 30 to August 14. Four dates concern the Haute Tarentaise, from August 11 to 14, against five initially planned. The date of August 5, within the Col du Palet refuge, will not be maintained because of its early closure.

Among the other highlights of the summer is the second edition of the Pantomines Festival, from August 12 to 15, centralized, like last summer, in the towns of Villaroger and Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise. On the initiative of the collective Mineurs de fond, this festival, centered on the theme of homelessness, is based on a series of concerts in different places called the municipalities concerned (Le Monal, Les Iles, La Gurraz, Le Pré, The Masure). A total of ten free musical and theatrical performances will be offered.

Gautier Capuçon as a guest star

But the high point, and above all the big highlight of this summer season, will undoubtedly be the concert by world-renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon, who will perform outdoors in a piano-cello duo on Tuesday 23 August. The concert will take place from 3 p.m. in the green setting of Monal, at a place called Le Fenil in the town of Sainte Foy Tarentaise, with free entry.

Site classified for its natural and heritage interest, located at an altitude of 1874 m and facing the glaciers of Mont Pourri, the Monal gathers its traditional chalets around its chapel.

A concert that takes on its full meaning when you know that it is for Gautier Capuçon a return to the lands of his childhood for the artist from the commune of Les Chapelles.


➤ Tarentaise Baroque Festival

July 29, Church of Villaroger: Inalto group (Belgium).

July 30, Saint-Martin church in Hauteville-Gondon: The Pleasures of Parnassus.

August 4, Montvalezan church: Les Timbres (France) and Harmonia Lenis (Japan).

August 9, church of Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise: idem.

August 11, Church of Val d’Isère: Into the Winds.

August 12, Church of the Chapels: The Curious bards.

August 14, Church of Séez for the closing concert: Le Stagioni and programming on the Italian Lights.

All concerts will take place from 9 p.m. Info on

➤ Tour of the Refuges

August 11 at the Turia refuge (Villaroger).

August 12 at the Martin refuge (Villaroger).

August 13 at the Maison de Val (Val d’Isère).

August 14 at the Prariond refuge (Val d’Isère).

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➤ Pantomime Festival

August 12: poetic walk from the Channel below to Monal (9.30am); music and storytelling in the village hall of La Gurraz (8 p.m.).

August 13: piano wandering at Pierre Giret (10.30 am); contemplative music at the Iles de Villaroger (2.30 p.m.); jazz concert on the Iles de Villaroger (8 p.m.).

August 14: poetic walk from the Channel below to Monal (9.30 a.m.), theater with “9 m² of ice” at the Fenil de Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise (1 p.m.); grand ball at Planjo with dance concert and DJ (7 p.m.).

15 August: banquet and radio-hook with the Orchester des Pantomines on the square in the main town of Villaroger (11 a.m.); concert of Bulgarian voices in the church of Villaroger (3 p.m.).

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➤ Concert by Gautier Capuçon

Open-air piano-cello duet on Tuesday August 23 from 3 p.m. at Monal.

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