by Silvana Rivella MONACO. The show goes on in Montecarlo so first don’t miss the last outdoor performance in the Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace by the legendary Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. An experience not to be missed, especially for the music lover.
August 6th at 9,30 p.m. In the Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace – Marc ALBRECHT, direction – David GUERRIER, trumpet – Johann Nepomuk – Hummel: Concert for trumpet – Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony n°4 in si bémol majeur, opus 60. Tickets online www.opmc.mc and www.montecarloticket.com – Dress Code: Jacket and tie required – No photo no video.
As for the unforgettable exhibition “THE FORBIDDEN CITY IN MONACO – Imperial Court Life in China” you have time until September the 10th. Of course, also not to be missed the INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION and the BIG ARTISTS’ performances at the SPORTING SUMMER FESTIVAL!
August 2017 – INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION – This free event attracts thousands from the area to view some of the most beautiful and original fireworks around. The competition has been held since 1966 and brings pyrotechnic specialists from around the world to show off their talent. Fireworks begin around 9:30PM, or when it is dark. There is good viewing from several locations: around the port sitting at a café, from the palace area or along the ramparts of Fort Antoine, and just off the Casino Terrace. The competition goes through the month of August and the winner returns November 18 to create the fireworks display on the evening before the National Holiday.
August 2017- SPORTING SUMMER FESTIVAL 2017- Once night falls, Monte-Carlo sparkles even brighter with fabulous summer concerts at the exclusive Monte-Carlo Sporting Club. All summer long this club under the stars, pulsates with the sounds of international recording artists and first-rate shows. Past stars have included Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, The Beach Boys, Diana Krall, Lionel Richie and Julio Iglesias, among many others. Throughout August 2017, come to Monaco and meet the biggest stars in the world at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival! Since its creation, the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival has earned the reputation of bringing the biggest stars to its stage. Backed by more than 150 years of Monte-Carlo magic, the festival and its exceptional programming continue to put Monaco, the Salle des Etoiles, and for the first time, the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo, at the top of the summer calendar.
August 5th 2017 at 8 p.m. – The group KOOL & THE GANG will be in concert at the Salle des Étoiles for the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival! Founded in 1964, Kool & the Gang is the oldest active R&B group and also one of the most famous, with over 70 million albums sold worldwide, 2 Grammy Awards®, 7 American Music Awards®, 31 gold and platinum records and a whole bunch of well-known hits such as “Celebration”, “Jungle Boogie”, “Summer Madness”, “Get Down On It”, or “Cherish”. The last one, Sexy (Where’d You Get Yours) came out in 2016, but it’s on stage that Kool and his Gang continue to light up the crowds wherever they perform. After more than 50 years of travelling around the world, Kool & the Gang are always recognized for their excellent live performances. They will prove it once again at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival where they are expected to perform this summer for a funky & cool evening. The group now consists of 12 members. They guarantee the authenticity of Kool & the Gang music, which has inspired several generations of artists. Their compositions are still among the most copied in the music industry. Prices: 253,50 € per person (dinner show excluding drinks) / 133,50 € per person (drink and show)
August 7th 2017 at 8 p.m. EROS RAMAZZOTTI welcomes you at the Salle des Etoiles for a perfect dinner-show ! His last album is aptly named. “Perfetto”: perfect! It represents the quintessence of what Eros Ramazzotti is today – the most adulated of Italian singers. Since he was discovered at the San Remo Festival in 1983, the native of Rome has been flawless, reaching the heights of hit parades throughout the world. With more than 50 million albums sold, duos with the greatest international artists (Cher, Tina Turner, Andrea Bocelli, etc.), tubes as though they were raining, thousands of concerts in the greatest halls and no fewer than 14 albums on the counter, Eros has definitively conquered the pop planet. His high voice can be picked out from a thousand just as the melodies that have made his millions of fans heartbroken. Since the release of his latest album in 2015, he has been crisscrossing the world with the show the Perfetto World Tour which, according to the critics, is his greatest to date. “The concert highlights the artist’s true musical essence,” say Lucas Tommassini, the show’s artistic producer and scenographer who has worked with the greatest, from Madonna to Michael Jackson including Whitney Houston. Here can be found the songs of Perfetto, the album ranked Top 10 in 60 countries, as well as the successes that have made Eros Ramazzotti the international star he is today. From “Se Bastasse Una Canzone” to “Musica”, including “Un Emozione Per Sempre” as well as an acoustic medley bringing together “Una Storia Importante”, “Adesso Tu” and “L’Aurora”. For the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival 2017, Eros promises to give his all to the public at the Salle des Etoiles. Dress Code: Jacket required – Price 403,50 € per person excluding drinks.
August 9th at 8 p.m. PATRICIA KAAS in concert at the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo for the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival- The themes of her new album, which appeared last year under the simple title Patricia Kaas, are rather somber. However, the singer is more beautiful, radiant and smiling than ever. Finally rid of her demons, feeling comfortable with herself and in her Louboutin, Mademoiselle enjoys singing the blues again as well as a few new songs all her own after two shows devoted to the 1930s (Kabaret) and to Edith Piaf. On stage at the Opéra Garnier, Patricia Kaas will come and present her new titles (“Adèle”, “Madame tout le monde”, “Ne l’oublie Jamais”, “Cogne”, etc.) as well as the greatest successes of her already long and prestigious career (“Mon mec à moi”, “Il me dit que je suis belle”, “Une fille de l’Est”, “Entrer dans la lumière”, etc.) to her international public. A true icon in Russia, Eastern Europe, Germany and in many other countries, where she incarnates the quintessence of the Chanson française, the chick Kaas was born for the stage. It is in front of the crowd that her voice and her personality, a mixture of power and cracks, are best expressed. – By arrangement with Live Nation and Richard Walter Productions – Price 102,50 – 122,50 € per person
August 10th 2017 at 8 p.m. the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival will welcome ROGER HODGSON OF SUPERTRAMP at the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo – Roger Hodgson was and will forever remain the heart and soul of Supertramp, the legendary group he co-founded in 1969 and departed in 1983. Hodgson wrote and sang the majority of the hits which brought the band worldwide phenomenal success. No one has forgotten “The Logical Song”, “Breakfast in America”, “Give a Little Bit”, “Take the Long Way Home”, “Dreamer” , “Fool’s Overture” , “School” , or even “It’s Raining Again”, timeless songs with chiselled melodies, which sold more than 60 million copies of Supertramp’s four historic albums: Crime of the Century (1974) Crisis , What Crisis? (1975) Even in the Quietest Moments (1977) and Breakfast in America (1979). But it is as a solo artist that the singer and guitarist has been performing since 1984, with unfailing success. Roger Hodgson returns this summer on the Côte d’Azur, which he has been visiting and enjoying for a very long time. He will perform during the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival with four musicians who now make up his stage band: Aaron Macdonald (Sax, Keyboard), Bryan Head (Drums), Kevin Adamson (Keyboards) and David J. Carpenter (Bass). A formation Roger describes as “playing just as well if not better than Supertramp”. That’s fine because his legendary hits of Supertramp will obviously be in the programme, as well as his solo successes. Price 102,50 €.
August 11th 2017 at 8 p.m. MAJID ALMOHANDIS will be in concert at the Salle des Étoiles on 11th August 2017, for the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival and the Oriental Night! Majid Alattabi, who is known as Majid Almohandis, started in late 1993 his first steps to accomplish his dream – to be a singer – and moved to Jordan where he began his artistic career with his song “Moshkela” and later with his popular songs “Ala Modek” and “Waheshni moot”. His love for music and singing grew bigger as he was influenced by the most famous Arab and Iraqi artists such as Nazem Al Ghazali, Dakhel Hassan, Mohammad AbdelWahab and AbdelHalim Hafez. He reached a wide diversified number of fans in Iraq and Arab Countries and had a great place in their hearts. He was “Talk of the Town” which grabbed Rotana Audio and Visual’s attention and they joined ventures by signing “The Contract”. Since then, Majid’s songs occupied the 1st rank in the playoffs and he became one of the most demanded singers in the region. A number of Arab singers have recently been racing to collaborate with Khaliji singer Majid AlMohandis. He even composed songs for several artists such as Mohammad Abdo Nawal Al Kuweitiya, Abdallah Al Ruwaished, Shirine AbdelWahab, Angham… He has several songs composed by important artists like AbdelRab Idris, Mohammad Abdo, Rabeh Sakr and Khathem Al Saher. Majid is known for his patriotic attachment to his home country Iraq. Therefore, he wrote and performed National Songs: “Tefraj Ya Iraq”, “Jannah Jannah” and “Balad Al Habayeb”. In 2010, he co-composed with Nasser El Saleh the Operate “Wehdet Watan” in Al Janadriya, in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After which, he received the Saudi Nationality, a honor that Majid appreciates. He also performed with Mohammad Abdo, Abed El Majid Abdallah, Rashed al Majed and Abas Ibrahim. In 2012, he released a new album “Ana Wayyak” which had an amazing success, especially that it was launched on 8 October 2012 in Royal Albert Hall, London. Then, Majid released 4 video clips of his new album’s songs “Saharni Halaha”, “Ana Wayyak” and “Leit Lee” and “Ana Hanet” which received the audience’s admiration; just a few days ago that already became a big Hit. In 2016, he received the Best Arab Singer Award and Best Song Award with “Tenadek” in Beirut and the Big Apple Music Award in New –York. An audience’s admiration he will find this summer on stage at the Salle des Étoiles. Prices: 403,50 € per person (dinner show excluding drinks) / 223,50 € per person (drink and show) Dress Code: Jacket required
August 12e 2017 at 8 p.m. PAOLO CONTE will be in concert at the Salle des Étoiles for the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival! “A graff smoker’s voice, a piano style that wanders from honky-tonk to tango palace, to tony cabaret and a weathered romantic’s world view”. All of Paolo Conte is included in this presentation from the New York Times, quoted from his official biography. At 80 years old, which he celebrated in January, the Italian crooner is a legend. He returns in the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival to sign his immortal hits (“Come di”, “Via con me”, “Un gelato al limon”, “Diavolo rosso”, “Gli impermeabili”, “Max”, “Dancing”, “Sotto le stelle del jazz”, “Sparring Partner”) and play the songs from his instrumental album. Like in February at the Philharmonie de Paris, where tribute was paid to him, it is with a dozen musicians, including among his most loyal accompanists, that he will orchestrate, once more, the voluptuous mix between art and popular music, pop and literature writings, always evolving musically between stirrings of swing and latin sensuality. With his gravelly voice of an Italian Tom Waits, his melodies with a touch of jazz, a bit of blues, a little “canzone”, his art of blurring the cards, his false melancholy and his black humour, Paolo Conte will charm the international audience once more at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival. With this natural class that only belongs to him. Prices: 253,50 € per person (dinner show excluding drinks) / 133,50 € per person (drink and show) Dress Code: Jacket required – By arrangement with Les Visiteurs du Soir
August 13th 2017 at 8 p.m. GRIGORY LEPS will be in concert at the Salle des Étoiles for the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival! Grigory Lepsveridze, alias Grigory Leps, is one of the most popular writers, composers and performers in Russia. Originally from Georgia, his musical style has evolved over time from traditional songs to soft rock. His fans particularly appreciate his powerful baritone voice which led him to participate as a coach in the Russian version of The Voice. Grigory Leps is also a talented percussionist. He started his career in 1995 and found his greatest success in 2002 with a song entitled “Rjumka vodki na stole” (Рюмка водки на столе) a title from the album On Strings of Rain (Na strunakh dozhdya). Since then Grigory Leps has performed in all the major cities in Russia, most often sold out, filling three nights in a row at the Moscow Kremlin hall in 2009. He has his own production studio in which he helps young Russian artists to find their way. Honoured with several “awards” he has risen to the rank of Rusian Artist of Honor in 2011. Undoubtedly, the Russian speaking public of the Principality will rush to welcome him at the Salle des Etoiles for his first participation in the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival. Prices: 403,50 € per person (dinner show excluding drinks) / 223,50 € per person (drink and show) Dress Code: Jacket required
August 14th 2017 at 8 p.m. the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival will welcome MICHAEL BOLTON at the Salle de Étoiles! With more than 65 million records sold, several Grammy Awards® in the category “Best Male Artist”, as well as a multitude of other accolades to his name, Michael Bolton is counted among the greatest international artists that the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival is still particularly proud to welcome. He has sung with Luciano Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, written songs with Bob Dylan and Lady Gaga, hits for Cher, Barbra Streisand and KISS, and played guitar with B.B. King… On his latest album, Michael Bolton takes on the cinema. With the help of his fans, called upon on social networks, the singer from New Haven in Connecticut chose a selection of the world’s most iconic songs featured in some of the beloved movies of all time – and gave them his own spin. The genres span from R&B and Rock to Pop and Standards. We are already looking forward to seeing the soundtrack classics live like: “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “Stand by Me”, as well as the Greatest Hits like “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” “Dock of the Bay”, or “Georgia”, which the fans look forward to at every one of his concerts. “They all have a particular meaning for my audience and for me” reveals the singer. “I always receive numerous letters in which people tell me their memories linked to certain songs of mine. We go on a musical journey together through time”. This is what he will do, once again, on the stage at the Salle des Etoiles. Prices: 253,50 € per person (dinner show excluding drinks) / 133,50 € per person (drink and show) Dress Code: Jacket required
August 15th 2017 at 8 p.m. RENATO ZERO in concert at the Salle des Étoiles for the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival! The tour, that followed the release of his latest album Alt in August 2016, which had come out a few weeks earlier, sold out 31 concerts in Italy. This just goes to show how important the singer Renato Zero is to our italian neighbours and how his work, consisting of about thirty albums and some 500 songs, is revered in his country. Born in September 1950 in Rome, Renato Fiachini chose Zero as his stage name. Drawn to music, dance and theatre at an early age, he published his first album No ! Mamma no ! in 1973 which was an immediate success and has never looked back since. A true singer-actor with a deliberately provocative demeanour, he continues to make his mark on the Italian music and arts scene, more than 50 years after his first successes. The Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival is proud to display him on the same poster as his compatriots Zucchero, Paolo Conte, Eros Ramazzotti and Andrea Bocelli. Prices: 403,50 € per person (dinner show excluding drinks) / 223,50 € per person (drink and show) Dress Code: Jacket required – By arrangement with Tattica s.r.l.
August 16th – August 20th at at the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo, the cast of “LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL” will give 5 exceptional performances. Richard Darbourne Ltd presents the Curve production of Legally Blonde – The Musical – Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin -Book by Heather Hach – Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Motion Picture – Elle Woods is an amazing woman, beautiful blonde hair, a Hollywood smile, with LA style and a heart of gold. With her cute Chihuahua Brutus by her side, she never takes “no” for an answer. So on the day her boyfriend leaves her she quits shopping, throws herself into her studies and enrolls at the prestigious Harvard Law School! But this blonde is no fool and Elle turns out to be a brilliant student and soon she gets an internship in a high profile law firm. In the end Elle proves that being true to oneself doesn’t affect your style! Inspired by the film with Reese Witherspoon, this musical comedy premiered on Broadway in 2007 and then successfully transferred to London, where it won three Laurence Olivier Awards®. Following last year’s smash hit Made at Curve production, Legally Blonde will be presented in its original version for the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival, at the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo. Come and discover the exciting life of Elle Woods: a young woman who proves to the world she can be “Legally Blonde”. – Price 82,50 € per person – Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York
August 21st at 8 p.m. the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival will welcome ANDREA BOCELLI at the Salle des Étoiles for an elegant dinner-show! Few artists have touched the hearts of the public like Andrea Bocelli. Following in the footsteps of the biggest stars of classical music, rock and variety, the tenor has sold out all over the world, singing in the biggest venues, for huge audiences as well as small ones such as small gatherings with popes, presidents and members of royal families. His life and career path have been so inspirational that a movie about his life based on his memoirs entitled The Music of Silence is being filmed in Italy under the direction of Michael Radford with Antonio Banderas and Tony Sebastian playing the part of the singer. Surprising when we know that Andrea’s last album was titled “Cinema”. In it he pays tribute to the great songs in films that have inspired him in life… Since then, the Italian tenor with 85 million albums sold worldwide, has also recorded two new versions of his biggest hit “Con te Partirò” for the anniversary edition of Romanza. An album of all the records, celebrating a twenty-year anniversary. At the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival 2017, Andrea Bocelli will perform his greatest hits. Dress Code: Jacket required – Price 403,50 € per person excluding drinks.
August 22nd 2017 at 7 p.m. – BEACH PARTY AT THE AMBER SUMMER IN LE MERIDIEN BEACH PLAZA – Special Guests will be the TEDxMonteCarlo team. “Our Beach Party is unique as it does not take place on a beach and there are no bikes or Speedos allowed,” said Annette Anderson, director of MonacoUSA, “but there is a great view and it will be a Party! Moreover the entrance is free and the event is open to all nationalities, not just MonacoUSA members.” The Networking will start at 7:00 pm and AMBER SUMMER will offer participants a special 50% discount on wine by the glass until 9:00 pm. Animations include DJ and dance plus a free tombola to win a ticket to November 11th TEDxMonteCarlo event at the Grimaldi Forum. “Last year, TEDxMonteCarlo sold out and this year they have invited more speakers and have booked a larger auditorium,” Anderson said. “MonacoUSA has the honor of welcoming the people who organized this incredible event that raises Monaco positive profile globally” TEDx is a global movement devoted to bringing ideas Worth Spreading to communities around the globe, through indipendently organized TED events meant to inspire conversation, prompt innovation and create connections. This year’s theme is “License To Know” with security, transparency and entrepreneurship as key topics of the event.