Thomas Hengelbrock and the musical ensemble Balthasar Neumann at the château : Napoléon and music

Du 15 October
au 7 May

From September, 19th to 26th, the famous conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and the musical ensemble Balthasar Neumann come back to the château to interpret musics appreciated by Napoléon Ier.

The Château de Fontainebleau’s ambition is for the arts to resume within it the place they occupied throughout its history during the stays of the court, in order to reconnect with its centuries-old tradition as a center of artistic creation, in a new and contemporary form.

Giving free rein to the arts and creation, making them dialogue with the rich history of Fontainebleau through a varied artistic program, such is the ambition carried by the residence that the château has decided to entrust to the german conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar Neumann ensemble and choir for three years. This internationally renowned residence has an important educational dimension.

Through the NEF (New School of Fontainebleau) project, the residency is part of a dynamic of artistic and cultural education that addresses a wide variety of audiences, embodied in particular through the partnership that has been forged with the association “Orchestra at the School” and with the Conservatory of Fontainebleau.

From September, 19th to 26th

This autumn meeting will be based on the program of the castle dedicated to Napoleon I, as part of the commemoration of the bicentenary of his death. The autumn residency from September 19 to 26 evokes Napoleon’s relationship with music and will give prominence to the repertoire appreciated by the Emperor.

The Balthasar Neumann Ensemble will perform, in the Ballroom, the works of three composers: Cherubini, Beethoven and Hérold.

Friday, September, 24th at 7.30 p.m. and Saturday, September, 25th at 3 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Luigi Cherubini – Opening of Médée
Ferdinand Hérold – Symphony No. 2 en Ré majeur
L.v. Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 en Do mineur

Sunday, September, 26th at 3 p.m.

Antonín Dvořák – Terzetto op. 74
Martin-Joseph Mengal – Quintet (Arrangement of Mozart’s Sonate K. 304)
L.v. Beethoven – Septet op. 20

Sous le patronage de l’UNESCO.

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