In his first year as Music Director of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra’s symphonic sessions, Duncan Ward joins the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in the digital space. They adapt to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic with #TheDigitalStage, a new online video channel to host performances, talks and webinars, rebroadcasts of past Festival presentations, and more.
13 July: CREATING IN THE MEDITTERANEAN
On 13 July the Festival explores the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, which offers not only musical training but intercultural exchange for young musicians from across the Mediterranean Basin. Duncan joins Fabrizio Cassol, artistic director of the Orchestra’s intercultural creation session, to discuss the issues that arise for musical initiatives in the Mediterranean.
The group considers how to react to the region’s wide variety of music styles, differing teaching practices, and unequal access to artistic training, plus the relationship between composition, interpretation, and improvisation. They also speak on the passage of tradition, orally and in written form, and how intercultural exchange helps us think critically.
Audiences can join the discussion here at 12pm CEST / 11am BST.
The day also sees the rebroadcast of a 2017 symphonic program curated around the character of Sheherazade, a transmission of 10 young improvisers coming together for the Medinea Session, and the streaming of 2017’s Aix production of Carmen.
15 July: BUILDING A FUTURE – THE FESTIVAL IN ITS OWN REGION
Duncan conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a dramatic conclusion to the digital festival. They perform at St. Luke’s in London in a concert dedicated to the region and people of Aix. The program pairs French and American music from the turn of the 20th century.
BERNSTEIN: Three Dance Episodes from On The Town
FAURÉ: Dolly (arrangement: Henri Rabaud)
BERLIOZ: Roméo et Juliette, Love Scene
GERSHWIN: Walking the Dog (arrangement: Sol Berkowitz)
Strike Up the Band (arrangement: Don Rose)
Watch the concert here at 7:00pm CEST / 6:00pm BST.
The day also includes online conversations on the Festival’s local and international affiliations, curating cultural events for the future, and more. A rebroadcast of Aix’s 2013 production of Elektra concludes the week of performances and activities.
Photo by Alan Kerr