MuCH on tour: the Music Chapel goes on tour this summer! Find us during festivals and summer concerts!

The summer of 2017, a transition between two seasons, from “Out of the Box” to “MuCH for us”

“MuCH for us” is the label of the new season 17-18, the third academic season and MuCH season since the opening of the Music Chapel’s new wing in January 2015. A training school, concert venue and creative centre, the Chapel wishes, with “MuCH for us,” to let the young soloists in residence have their say and to concentrate more than ever on their accompaniment, the core of the Chapel’s project. They are the main actors of an adventure that they are experiencing in our institution. This unique experience will serve as a point of support for them and as a springboard for the rest of their lives as musicians. They have access to a tailormade program, ever more ambitious given the outstanding quality of their skills. The demands are ever higher, and the quest for excellence is more than ever our challenge. The MuCH Music 2017-18 season falls within the scope of the “MuCH for us” momentum: the artists are at the heart of the laboratory, where they come together and share their experience with the public. The two first seasons won over a new audience (close to 20,000 people per season), loyal music-lovers who, besides the on-site season, were also conquered by the first edition of the MuCH Waterloo Festival this past June. Waterloo, the municipality that is home to the Chapel, lives in time with this intense laboratory, a creative centre and performance venue. The Chapel’s summer activities will mostly take place off-site (On Tour), at festivals in Belgium (Musiq3, Midis Minimes, Eté Mosan, Classissimo, Château de la Hulpe, etc.) and abroad (Villecroze, Gulbenkian, LacMus, Musique sur Ciel, Rencontres Musicales de Conques, etc.). Let’s mention in particular:

The LacMus festival, the first edition of a new festival on the shores of Lake Como, and of which Louis Lortie, our master in residence for piano, is the artistic director. A wonderful setting, exceptional concert venues, and a program on which the Chapel’s masters and soloists in residence feature prominently.

The Académie musicale de Villecroze: concerts around the piano quartets of Fauré and Brahms: the last step of a process that began in April at the Music Chapel, and continued since then at, among others, the Domaine Forget in Canada and which will tour this summer and for part of the autumn.

In September, two new recordings will be released, co-produced by the Chapel and the label Outhere, Dvorak’s string quartets with the Busch Trio and Miguel da Silva, as well as a Reicha box set initiated by the Fondation Bru Zane.

As for Chapel’s new season, it will officially begin during the first week of October, but on 9 and 11 September we will present an interactive show for children entitled “The Little Flute”, a production that has become European through enoa (co-produced with the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Scuela Reina Sofia in Madrid) and which will tour Europe until late 2018.

Enjoy your summer and see you in October for the new MuCH Music Season 2017-18!

Bernard de Launoit, Executive President