The first season of Concerts d’automne


in Tours, October 14-30



A new international event is coming to Tours.  Each year, Concerts d’automne will take place in historical venues around the town.  For its première, music will be performed in the Grand Théâtre and the Église Saint-Julien for three weekends, from 14 to 30 October.


Four renowned ensembles originating in Tours will be showcased: Consonance, Diabolus in Musica, Doulce Mémoire, and the Ensemble Jacques Moderne.  Additional musical artists will be invited from one year to another.  Their performances will surprise the listener and cover a large repertory from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century.  Many of these musicians will be coming to Tours for the first time — Vivica Genaux along with Concert Köln, L’arpeggiata conducted by Christina Pluhar with Nuria Rial and Vincenzo Capezzuto, and finally, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli with La Venexiana.


Historically informed performances have been nourished by half a century of practice and research, and today’s approach brings back a spirit of freedom that inspires exchanges that are out of the ordinary.  Their efforts to rediscover the colors of the original music have encouraged young musicians to take chances with both intelligence and impertinence, and the public will certainly be astonished.  Flamenco will be mixed with Spanish music of the Renaissance (Doulce Mémoire), Monteverdi will be combined with jazz (La Venexiana) and Bach will be contrasted with Vivaldi (Concerto Köln).  The audience will share the musical secrets of the Avignon popes (Diabolus in Musica), take a sonorous tour down the Loire river (Ensemble Jacques Moderne) and set out for Venice for another discovery of the Vespers of Monteverdi (Consonance).  We have also organized a series of side events to complement the program – lectures, master classes, encounters with the artists, films about music, and so on.


During these three weekends, the festival invites you to submerge yourself in ten centuries of history and enjoy palette of musical styles as rich as the autumn colors in the forests that surround our city.


Alessandro Di Profio

Artistic Director of the Festival