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NÎMES 3rd edition of the Volques: tribute to Betsy Jolas and Robert Schumann

And three. The Les Volques music(s) festival returns to Nîmes. This new edition dedicated to Betsy Jolas and Robert Schumann will take place from December 7 to 11, 2022, in different places in the city: at the Bernadette-Lafont room, at Carré d’Art, at the museums of Romanity and Fine Arts, at the Spot, Odéon theater, at the court of appeal of the tribunal of Nîmes.

Launched in 2020 and placed under the artistic direction of Carole Roth-Dauphin, the Les Volques chamber music festival – named after the Gallic people who founded Nemausus, Ed – is therefore celebrating its third edition, playing the same score. Either concerts, master-classes, educational concerts for schools, meetings and the now famous double portrait. ” The fact that there is this new edition comforts us in the idea that precisely the idea was good“, introduced Carole Roth-Dauphin during the press conference organized this Thursday, September 22, at the Bernadette-Lafont room in Nîmes. The festivities are on, the artistic director has rolled out the program for these five days in December – between 7 and 11 – and has dedicated this year to Robert Schumann and Betsy Jonas. ” It is a real immersion in the universe of these composers which allows you to become familiar, to better enjoy and understand musical composition.“, she adds.

Aged 96, Betsy Jolas will therefore be on the land of Nîmes at the end of the year. The opportunity to exchange with this great Franco-American composer, pupil of Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger and Olivier Messiaen. ” She has so many things to tell, she has created strong links with many composers, Igor Stravinsky, John Cage but also the novelist James Joyce, painters like Joan Mitchell“, continues Carole Roth-Dauphin. Without waiting for the question to be asked, she explains the link between Betsy Jolas and Robert Schumann, one of the great emblematic figures of German romanticism, evoking “ childhood musical memories ” and ” references in his works.

NÎMES 3rd edition of the Volques: tribute to Betsy Jolas and Robert Schumann
Carole Roth-Dauphin, artistic director of the Les Volques festival. (Photo: S.Ma/ObjectifGard)

The interested party herself explains it in the press kit of the festival: “ […] Soon will appear in my production several instrumental works entitled lieder. Some examples : 11 songs for trumpet and orchestra (1977), lumor, 7 spiritual lieder for saxophone and orchestra (1996) etc. I will finally compose in 1995 Frauenleben (the life of a woman), 9 lieder for viola and orchestra, and in 2010 Frauenliebe (the loves of a woman), 10 lieder for viola and piano. In avowed connection this time with Schumann, but contrary to what we believed, without citing him at all. I had contented myself then, as a woman, me too, with stealing from her the joint titles of one of her most famous cycles to attribute them, in homage, to two different works. »

To present the works of Schumann and Jolas, several artists including those who can be called the faithful. Michael Spyres and Mathieu Pordoy who will offer an entire cycle of Lieders by Robert Schumann, as well as virtuoso pianists Jean-François Heisser and Cédric Tiberghien and the Quatuor Diotima. The mezzo-soprano Isabelle Druet, the Trio Catch will perform on stage. The works presented will be shed light on by Patrick Hanh, playwright at the Gürzenich Orchester Köln, Arnaud Merlin, producer at France Musique, as well as Martina Seeber, musicologist, journalist with the WDR and Deutschland Radio, at the start of each of the twelve concerts. programmed.

Support for young artists of the new generation

This year again, the festival is relaunching its operation to support artists of the new generation, “Generations Volques”, in partnership with Pro Quartet. For this third edition, it is the Quatuor Confluence which will be honored and will participate in the concert of December 11 and will give a master-class for young students in the chamber music classes of the Nîmes conservatory and will receive a master -class by Betsy Jolas around her quartet Topeng. The Quatuor Confluence will also offer an educational concert for children from neighborhoods far from the city center.

Stephanie Marin

>> Find the complete program of the Les Volques festival by clicking here.

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