DECEMBER 2019 CONCERTS AND EVENTS IN MONTECARLO

by Ilaria Sismondini

Stay in tune with the Monte-Carlo myriad of events! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

7th December 2019 at 8:30 pm & 8th December 2019 at 3 pm GRIMALDI FORUM – SALLE PRINCE PIERRE – CIRQUE PHÉNIX – LE ROI DES SINGES – A HEADY AND COLOURFUL SHOW – It is in China, in the mountains of flowers and fruits, that Sun Wu Kong is born, otherwise known as the Monkey King. Facetious and undisciplined, he suffers the supreme sentence of  remaining locked up for five hundred years under the Five Fingers Mountain. At the same time, a monk called Tang, friend of the Emperor, has to go to India to find some sacred texts, which he must translate into Chinese. In order to fulfill this duty, he employs the services of four turbulent disciples. First, the Monkey King, whom he rescues first and who swears fidelity in return, then the Dragon Horse, the Pig-Boar, and the Distracted Dragon. The journey continues, punctuated by encounters with many creatures, each more picturesque than the next. They will experience funny and fantastic adventures right to the end of their journey. It is this story, drawn from one of the four most famous novels of China that Cirque Phénix will recount. An epic, comic, acrobatic show that suits all generations of spectators.

8th December 2019 – AUDITORIUM RAINIER III – OPMC GREAT SEASON SERIES – RECITAL IVO POGORELICH – PIANO SOLOIST – Johann Sebastian Bach – Suite anglaise n°3 en sol mineur, bwv 808 – Ludwig van Beethoven – sonate pour piano n°11 en si bémol majeur, opus 22 – Frédéric Chopin – Barcarolle, opus 60 – Frédéric Chopin prélude en do dièse mineur, opus 45 – Maurice Ravel Gaspard de la nuit: trois poèmes pour piano d’après Aloysius Bertrand

Friday 13th December 2019- SUN CASINO AND CASINO CAFÉ DE PARIS – €250 OF FREE SPINS CAST BY LOT -On this day which makes us all a little superstitious, try your luck at winning a free spin every 30 minutes on the selected slot machines at Sun Casino and Casino Café de Paris.  Whether you’re dreading it or can’t wait, this Friday 13th might just be your lucky day! Informations:+377 98 06 77 77 – Membership of the My Monte-Carlo programme is obligatory to benefit from the offer Rules available in the casino Time: from 10 a.m. to midnight at Casino Café de Paris – From 5 p.m. to midnight at Sun Casino – Try the Monte‑Carlo experience! – My Monte‑Carlo is a new complimentary loyalty programme created by Monte‑Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. Don’t wait! Find out how you can benefit from exceptional advantages with our four tiers.

14th – 15th December 2019 from 10:00 am to 6 pm – GRIMALDI FORUM – MINERAL EXPO MONACO – Fossils dating 500 million years with exceptional pieces: crane of tiger will be presented to the public (huge Ammonites, bones of dinosaurs, reptiles etc.). Crystals of the whole world, the infinitely colored minerals, the shells, the jewels, the fascinating precious stones and the rare gemstones … Exhibitors: coming from Pakistan, Morocco, Spain, Madagascar, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Brazil who propose to the public of real marvels. Price: €6,00 – free access under 7 years.  

14th December 2019 – OPERA GARNIER MONTE-CARLO – CONCERT – On the occasion of the Christmas holidays, the shop “Le Petit Elfe” based in Monaco organizes in agreement with the Société des Bains de Mer a concert for children and their parents on December 14 at the Opéra Garnier Monte Carlo – At this show will participate the famous Russian contemporary dance troupe “Todes”. Together with their director Alla Duhova, they won the admiration of the whole world and their visits are engraved in the Monegasque memories with the participation in the Cabaret at the Casino of Monte Carlo and at the Great Night of Tennis. The children’s clothing store “Le Petit Elfe” Monaco will present a fashion show with the Christmas collection. Young models will present big clothing brands, proving that adults should not be the only ones to enjoy the joys of fashion. To promote the beauty and elegance of dance, Monaco Rhythmic Gymnastics Association will present artistic numbers of rare grace and tenderness. For all the young guests of the event we will offer gifts and adults will be welcomed with a glass of champagne. Informations: +377 98 06 41 59 – Seated concert – Opening doors: 15:00 pm – Beginning of the show: 15.30 pm – Dress code: Jacket required – Correct attire – Mail: ticketoffice@sbm.mc – Prices: Adults 100 € / Children 60 € (- 16 years old) 

15th at 3pm and 17th December 2019 at 8pm – AUDITORIUM RAINIER III – SALLE Y.KREIZBERG – OPMC GREAT SEASON SERIES – HECTOR BERLIOZ – LA DAMNATION DE FAUST – Musical direction – Kazuki Yamada – Chorus Master Stefano Visconti with the Monte-Carlo Opera Chorus

19th December 2019 – GRIMALDI FORUM – THURSDAY LIVE SESSIONS – JP BIMENI & THE BLACK BELTS – An English soul singer from Burundi, accompanied by a resonant and flamboyant band, the Black Belts, J.P. Bimeni impresses with a voice reminiscent of the early days of Otis Redding and in which resonates the soul of Africa. With a foot-tapping guitar riff, screaming brass, gospel organ, unrelenting rhythms and that incredible, overwhelming voice, “Free Me”, J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts’ new single sets the tone for this album. Between sensual soul ballads and unbridled funk jams, the orchestrations of the musical director Eduardo Martinez and the songwriter Marc Ibarz will lead us directly to 1960s clubs in which this soul held pride of place! Informations: Admission free – 6.30 p.m. Apéromix – 8.30 p.m. Live- Booking recommended: +377 99 99 20 20

21 Decstember 2019 – 5th January 2020 – from10:00 to 6pm except December 25th and January 1st BRICKLIVE MONACO – Following a hugely successful first edition, The Bricklive Show is Back! BrickLive is the ultimate interactive adventure for LEGO® fans, who will experience an exhilarating brick-building experience for the whole family, during the wonderful time of the Christmas holidays. The concept remains unchanged: thematic workshops where children and parents can work on building games in worlds they know well (Friends, Star Wars, Duplo, etc.), spread throughout the massive Espace Ravel, and crisscrossed by an exceptional exhibition of buildings and animals on this year’s theme of the oceans. To maximize the recreational atmosphere, many events will punctuate these fun days, including car races, dance competitions, makeup sessions, as well as a few surprises that you won’t want to miss. It’s everything that the children, the kings of the party, might want! Opening of a pre-sale box office, at the single entry price of 15 euros for children and adults! Informations and Reservations: +377 9999 3000 or www.grimaldiforum.com – Ticket price for one day: Full price = €20 – children under 12 = €16 – Free under 3

 21st December 2019 at 8:30 pm – AUDITORIUM RAINIER III – OPMC GREAT SEASON SERIES – NOEL EN LAPONIE – Conductor Juhani Lamminmäki – (Helsinki) – Grex musicus chorus – Musicians of the opmc – Works: Jean Sibelius – Leevi Madetoja – Einojuhani Rautavaara – Michael Praetorius – Ahti Sonninen – Toivo Kuula –

 22nd December 2019 at 3 pm – AUDITORIUM RAINIER III – OPMC GREAT SEASON SERIES – EDVARD GRIEG – LA PETITE SIRÈNE –  (transcription pour quintette à vents et harpe de Fabrice Pierre) d’après le texte de Hans Christian Andersen adapté pour le conte musical par Catherine Pallaro MUSICIANS – Clarinet Véronique Audard – Flute Anne Maugue – Bassoon fFanck Lavogez – Oboe Jean-Marc Jourdin – Horn Didier Favre – Harp Sophia Steckeler – Narrator Armelle Gouget – Sand Artist Katerina Basukova –

 27 December – 05 January 2020, except January 1st 2020 – GRIMALDI FORUM – LES BALLETS DE MONTE-CARLO – Coppél-i.A. – THE NEW CREATION OF JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MAILLOT – For the end of 2019, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo invites the public to discover “Coppél-i.A.”, the new creation of Jean-Christophe Maillot who marks his return to the large format narrative. The choreographer-director of the Ballets Company has taken this famous piece from the romantic repertoire that explores the world of automata to question the development of artificial intelligence in our society. “Coppél-i.A.” by Jean-Christophe Maillot projects us into the near future in which two young lovers, Frantz and Swanilda, discover carnal love at a time when their society is constantly demanding more progress, safety and hygiene. At the moment when eroticism burst into their lives, an artificial entity knocks their certainties awry and calls into question what they thought they knew about love. Is the ideal partner the flesh being we have always known or the abstract being that questions our belonging to the human race?

29th December 2019 at 6pm –  AUDITORIUM RAINIER III – OPMC GREAT SEASON SERIES – FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD – Conductor and piano Yvan Cassar – Soloists Natalie Dessay – Neima Naouri – Hugh Coltman – Natalie Dessay, Neïma Naouri & Hugh Coltman pay tribute to the greatest Broadway musicals, from Bernstein to Gershwin, by Sondheim to the compositions written by Michel Legrand for Barbra Streisand – Concert without intermission

 

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