The ensemble Café Zimmermann - Artistic season
This Baroque ensemble, in residence at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, takes its name from a famous establishment run by Gottfried Zimmermann, a place of harmony at the heart of 18th century Leipzig, where coffee amateurs and enlightened music lovers would meet while listening to the Collegium Musicum, conducted by Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Sebastian Bach.
2019 is a special year for Café Zimmermann who will be celebrating its 20th anniversary! The ensemble is made up of renowned musicians of the international baroque scene, accomplices/partners since Café Zimmermann's creation, to whom the ensemble owes its unique musical identity. 2019 will therefore be a time for human and musical reunions, bringing back to life the leading works which made the ensemble so famous while pursuing artistic discoveries on the brink of the baroque period
The 20th anniversary of the ensemble will be launched with a big reception at the Grand Théâtre de Provence on February 7, 2019 after which the festivities will continue throughout the year. Concurrently three programmes will allow us to go back to the roots of Café Zimmermann: In Leipzig at Mr. Zimmermann's Café on November 25, 2018 and performed during “Les Dimanches de la Canebière” (Sundays at the Canebières) event in Marseille, Johann Sebastian Bach's Imaginary Notebook on January 31, 2019 in Salon de Provence then March 8 and March 10 in Safienthal, Switzerland and Chalon sur Saône, and finally Johann Sebastian Bach's sonatas in Baarn, Netherlands and in Flawinne, Belgium on December 15 and December 16, 2018. In December, Café Zimmermman will invite the soprano Lenneke Ruiten for its Christmas programme based on German baroque singing (December 10 in Toulon, December 11 in Nice). In April, May and June 2019, three projects will bring the ensemble together on a tour around France and Europe: Saint John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach (in Paris, Saint Omer, Perpignan, Nice, Amsterdam, The Hague and Antwerp), Balls and Battles (in Oviedo, Madrid and Salamanca), and a programme around the Little Notebooks by Anna Magdalena Bach with soprano Nuria Rial (in Leipzig and Potsdam).
Café Zimmermann will be present throughout the 2018-2019 season in the Provence-Alpes-Côté d'Azur region, in Aix-en-Provence as well as Salon de Provence (Emperi Festival), Toulon (Saint Paul Church), and Nice (Musical Moments of the Alpes-Maritimes). This season will also bring about a new touring project around chamber music throughout the region, which official launch will take place during the Local Heritage Days during the inauguration of the Notre Dame of Consolation Chapel in Aix-en-Provence. Key moment of the regional programme, the 2018 Local Heritage Days will reveal a double partnership. The ensemble in residency at the health centre in Aix-en-Provence, in collaboration with the Académie of the Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival, will invite/welcome young singers from the Académie at the start of their international career. This year, the ensemble will collaborate for the first time with the young Norwegian soprano Beate Mordal, HSBC laureate for the Académie of the Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival in 2016. Boccherini's Stabat Mater will be performed at the Silvacane Abbey in La Roque d'Anthéron, a long-term loyal partner, as well as at the Saint Victor Abbey in Marseille and the Théâtre de la Colonne in Miramas.
Café Zimmermann arouses true enthusiasm on the part of reviews and the public as much for its concerts as for its recordings. The ensemble continues its collaboration with the record label Alpha Classics. Recorded in September 2017, the CD of concertos opus 7 composed by Francesco Geminiani, an Italian composer who almost lived his entire life in England, will be out in September 2018. These works will be performed at the Timisoara festival in Romania, on September 19, 2018.
Finally, throughout this season, Café Zimmermann will continue to develop many awareness projects focused on 18th century music for an ever expanding public, particularly in hospitals in Aix-en-Provence,Marseille and Nice, the Parc Impérial and Les Eucalyptus high schools in Nice, primary schools in Aix-en-Provence and this year's newly acquired Grand Théâtre de Provence's partner, Aix-Marseille university.