Concerts in the amphitheater with exceptional acoustics at the University of Rouen

Adam Laloum will perform on November 22, 2022 as part of the musical entertainment at the university. (© Julien Benhamou)

Equipped with a new office made up of volunteer doctors and teachers who love musicAMU (Music Animation at the University) has set a priority task for the next season to offer a an exceptional program of six concerts and attract young people to the 50th celebratione anniversary of his first concert in the amphitheater of the Axelrad University of Letters Mont-Saint-Aignan (Seine Maritime)January 26, 1972. Aldo Ciccolini was behind the piano.

Quality concerts

The association Animation musicale à l’université, right from 1901, is the creation of Robert Aubreton, professor of literature, who had the support of Pierre Duvauchelle, director of the Orchester de chambre de Paris, founder and animator of the Norman association. youth concerts held in the Salle Sainte-Croix-des-Pelletiers.

In 1972, the AMU was born, whose concerts have since then, and thanks to a benevolent agreement with the University of Rouen, been organized in the Axelrad amphitheater, in a room with remarkable acoustics, appreciated by the public and confirmed by the chamber players. If it is not possible to maintain the midday concerts, which made the ambitious originality of the association, on the other hand, the annual program of six evening concerts continued without interruption with an effort to always maintain a high level and respect the tradition. sometimes they invited renowned and confirmed artists, other times young musicians with promising talent, still at the beginning of their careers. That was the case with Nicholas Angelich, who just died at the age of 51 on April 18, 2022.

Today, the AMU office consists of Olivier Langlois, president, Hadrien France-Lanord, vice-president, Donald Morcamp, secretary and Jean-Michel Guyard, treasurer. The most important and sensitive activity of the board is, of course, the collegial development of the program for the year, the selection of musicians, knowing full well that the loyalty of the audience depends on the quality of the concerts. entry of new members, young and not so young.

“For our AMU association to continue,” notes Hadrien France-Lanord, who is also a literature teacher at Jeanne-d’Arc High School, we need to bring in young people, give them music that touches them. it will mark them”. For several years now, he has been taking high school and musicology students with him to every concert.

Six concerts you must not miss

Former members and young listeners should be tempted by this year’s program, which runs from October 2022 to April 2023. One concert a month, on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday 18 October 2022: Anna Gockel, violin and Guillaume Bellom, piano (Beethoven-Schoenberg)
  • Tuesday, November 22: Adam Laloum, piano, back… (Schumann, Schubert…)
  • Tuesday 17 January 2023: Victor Julien-Laferrière, cello/ Clément Lefèbvre, piano (Janacek, Pierné, Franck, Nadia Boulanger)
  • Tuesday 28 February 2023: Agate Quartet (Boccherini, Bartok, Brahms)
  • Tuesday 21 March 2023: Ishay Shaer, piano (Chopin, Beethoven)
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2023: Trio Talweg, piano, violin, cello (Beethoven, Mendelssohn)
Practical information:

Renewals and new registrations are now enabled [email protected]

phone: 06 75 16 53 38
Prices: Six concerts 120 euros – 4 concerts 90 euros – individual 25 euros – youth 5 euros. Free under 12 accompanied.
Program brochures are available at the Tourist Office, Place de la Cathédrale, Théâtre des arts or bookshops.

From our correspondent André Morelle

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