A dose of arts and culture in the open air is just what every summer night needs, and if you’re really lucky, you might just get the Swiss wine country and dozens of well-lit candles thrown in for good measure.
ONGOING CANDELIGHT CONCERT SERIES IN GENEVA
On the last Thursday in July, I attended a piano recital in Satigny, at the Domaine des Bossons for an evening of what was titled, ‘Chopin Piano Solo à la lueur des bougies’. Thankfully, there hadn’t been much rain that day and so, this cool summer’s evening was off to a great start.
If the location and the view of the vineyards against the silhouette of the Jura didn’t take one’s breath away, the entertainment that followed sure did. Pianist and composer, Franck Laurent-Grandpré, took centre stage amidst a sea of glowing candles and captivated us all at the first note. We were guided through the movements of Frédéric Chopin’s greatest works, and his lesser-known ones too, with a pause now and again to hear tales of his inspiration for each musical masterpiece and a bit more of his life from Warsaw to Paris.
To make sure everyone was fully immersed in the experience, the taking of photos and videos was discouraged, which explains my lack of pictures and evidence to share here. But this suggestion was probably for the best. It didn’t take much to become fully absorbed in the performance. I found it hard not to sway from side to side, hold my breath here and there, or simply smile as the tunes played on.