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Septembre Musical shines a spotlight on the next generation

Published on 4 July 2022

For its 76th edition, Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey is innovating with the development of various projects designed to motivate young people to connect with culture. This year, with the valuable support of public institutions, patrons and sponsors, including Nestlé SA, the festival is offering a free programme featuring artists from the ticketed evening shows, young talent from the region, and Austrian ensembles with a range of styles.

Below is a preview of the free programme highlights that everyone can enjoy:

  • An opening night performance of a brand-new take on Prokofiev’s most famous composition, Peter and the Wolf 2.0, narrated by Isabel Karajan and performed by Camerata Salzburg.
  • Camerata Salzburg and Austrian icons Wiener Sängerknaben will each perform a commented educational concert for school students from the Montreux-Vevey region.
  • Rising stars from the Montreux-Vevey-Riviera Conservatoire de Musique will take to the stage at Nestlé’s headquarters in Vevey.
  • Throughout the weekend leading up to Septembre Musical, Austrian ensembles with styles ranging from folk music to rock/metal will kick off the celebrations with a special festival for the public.

“During this transitional period post-COVID, we have an even greater responsibility to offer cultural outreach platforms to young people,” explains Mischa Damev, director of Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey. “This is also why we have been offering youth tickets priced at ten francs for all paid concerts and seating categories since 2019. I am thrilled with the support this initiative has received from all of our valued partners, especially our newest partner, Nestlé,” he concludes.

“As a company firmly rooted in Switzerland with close ties to the Montreux-Vevey region, we are delighted to be able to contribute to the vitality and longevity of cultural platforms such as Septembre Musical. This commitment to community life represents one of the pillars of our outreach initiatives. We are particularly excited to support a programme focused on the region’s young audiences. It makes the musical world, an important source of inspiration, more accessible,” explains Nina Kruchten, Head of Philanthropy at Nestlé SA.