Tulle Festival de la Vézère Reviews


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Friday, June 21, 2013

TULLE: The Festival de la Vézère
has debuted with its inaugural concert

After the Torrential Downpour, the sun!

Camerata Chicago, under the direction of Drostan Hall and with cellist Wendy Warner, offered the festival audience on Wednesday a very high caliber evening.

By Dragan Pérovic

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Generosity: During the second part of the evening, Camerata Chicago performed the composition Chamber Symphony (Pilatus) by Mischa Zupko, which was specifically composed for this European tour, before concluding the evening masterfully with Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Photo by Agnès Gaudin

Outstanding. The inaugural concert of the 2013 edition of the Festival de la Vézère took place Wednesday night at the Salle de l’Auzelou in Tulle, amidst terrible weather conditions. Under a torrential downpour, a group of concert-goers arrived at the concert drenched from head to toe. As such, they were not exactly in the best position to enjoy an evening of great music. But after the first few notes, everything was forgotten.

An Out-Of-This-World Experience

Formidable. Just like Camerata Chicago’s performance under the baton of an exuberant magician, Drostan Hall. This internationally-known ensemble has a powerful aesthetic that is supported by exemplary cohesion. The musicians go straight to what is essential; they have a touch that flies…Camerata Chicago, the first American orchestra to perform at the Festival de la Vézère, offered a taste of the evening’s festivities with their opening of the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. The joy of this opera buffa was almost palpable, interpreted with precision and sensitivity.

Another ray of sunshine on Wednesday night was Dvorak’s Czech Suite in D Major. Then, the public was treated to a performance that was even more than extraordinary. Camerata Chicago accompanied a young instrumentalist who was disarming with her charm and simplicity, Wendy Warner. The cellist, who won the 4th Rostropovich Cello Competition in 1990, offered the audience the Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major. From the very first notes, the audience was completely spellbound. Wendy Warner’s sound is breathtaking. Playing from memory, she was one with her instrument. She IS the music! Her technique and her virtuosity border on perfection. But Wendy Warner has something more, that little hint of eternity that leaves you speechless because words cannot express it. A moment of greatness!

Translation by Camerata Chicago


June 19 Festival de la Vézère, Tulle

European Tour June 2013

Wednesday June 19, 8:30pm

Festival de la Vézère, Tulle


Mischa Zupko, Composer Wendy Warner, Internationally Acclaimed Cellist Drostan Hall, Conductor
Mischa Zupko, composer Wendy Warner, cello Drostan Hall, conductor

Renowned cellist Wendy Warner will play the Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major.
Camerata Chicago will perform a newly commissioned work by Mischa Zupko.

Mischa Zupko has been commissioned to write the Chamber Symphony (Pilatus)
by Camerata Chicago and the Buonarcorsi Foundation.

Buonacorsi Foundation

Click to download the full Festival de la Vézère 2013 programme

Festival de la Vézère-2013


Mozart: Overture from the Marriage of Figaro
Dvorak: Czech Suite in D Major Op. 39
Haydn: Cello Concerto in D Major Hob. XVIIb
Soloist Wendy Warner
Zupko: Chamber Symphony (Pilatus)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92


8:30pm, June 19


Festival de la Vézère
Salle de l’Auzelou
Avenue du Lieutenant-Colonel Faro
19000 Tulle, France



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Festival de la Vézère History

The Festival de la Vézère was born in 1981 as an initiative of Guy and Isabelle de Lasteyrie du Saillant and fourteen mayors of local authorities who met as part of the Intercommunal Development Union of Vézère. In the first year, five concerts were scheduled in five different locations, including the Chateau du Saillant. For the second festival, artists such as the violinist Patrice Fontanarosa and the cellist Roland Pidoux were invited to participate. Each subsequent edition of the festival has been marked by the presence of international artists who have developed the quality and reputation of the festival.

Since the festival’s inception, its influence in the region has grown. Currently, there are seventeen concerts with a total audience of more than 8,000 people in ten different cultural heritage sites. This rural cultural development is important, as almost 64% of the audience is made up of individuals who live in the Limousin region. The Salle de l’Auzelou became one of the festival’s multiple concert venues in 2013, after it was opened and inaugurated by French president Francois Hollande in January of this year.

The Camerata Chicago’s concert is the kick-off event for the 2013 Festival and is the first festival concert to take place in the brand-new hall.