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The 76th edition honours Austria and its musical heritage

Published on 23 March 2022

“From 19 to 29 September, Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey will be opening a window on Austria, the birthplace of Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Strauss – composers who knew how to celebrate beauty through their music,” says Mischa Damev, the director of Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey. “We have called on a number of internationally renowned ensembles, including the Wiener Symphoniker, the Camerata Salzburg, the Wiener Sängerknaben and the Bruckner Orchester Linz. However, we are also welcoming exceptional young talents such as Julia Hagen and Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, and virtuosos who are equally at ease in other musical genres ranging from klezmer to typically Viennese Schrammelmusik.” The festival will take place in four iconic venues: the Auditorium Stravinski in Montreux, château de Chillon in Veytaux, temple Saint-Martin and the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes in Vevey.

The festival’s spirit of openness will extend to a series of free OFF festival events intended primarily for families and young people in the Swiss Riviera region. Programme details for these free events will be announced this summer.

“The COVID-19 public health crisis has shown us the importance of culture, and particularly of the social role it plays,” Mischa Damev explains. “It is therefore essential that the festival seeks to mobilise its audience and rekindle their desire to go out. In the same vein, Septembre Musical also believes it has a duty to offer cultural outreach platforms for young people – now more than ever. It is time to start dreaming again, to a musical accompaniment!”