"Democratizing access to classical music, which is too often considered elitist, is the mission we have set ourselves for 2020. Faced with the popular craze for classical music, the 2019 edition has been a real revelation for us," says the director of the Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey festival, Mischa Damev.
In 2019, the festival recorded a 50% increase in attendance compared to the previous edition, and young people bought three times as many concert tickets. "This is a wonderful momentum, which made us want to take another step in the direction of this enthusiastic audience," says Damev. In agreement with the authorities in Montreux and Vevey, the festival management has decided to significantly reduce the price of concert tickets this year, by an average of 20%, and to maintain the price of 10 francs for young people in all categories.
From 22nd to 30th September 2020, the 75th edition of Septembre Musical will have the pleasure of welcoming the best orchestras, conductors and soloists from its second country of honour, the cradle of classical music: Austria. Indeed, since 2019, the festival has put a country in the spotlight every year. The culture of this country is celebrated in many forms: its classical music, of course, with its orchestras, composers and soloists. But also its traditional music, its cuisine and its visual arts in the framework of the OFF festival*.
Austria's best artistic ensembles will be performing on the Vaud Riviera for nine days, including the Schloss Schönbrunn Orchester, the Haydn Philharmonic, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Camerata Salzburg and renowned soloists such as baritone Florian Boesch, tenor Rolando Villazón and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.
Five prestigious venues will be invested: the Auditorium Stravinski in Montreux, the Chillon Castle, the Saint-Martin Temple in Vevey, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace and the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes in Vevey.
- The programme of the OFF festival will be unveiled at the beginning of the summer.