Aix-en-Provence Music Festival, July Classical Music Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art

hese venues for the Music Festival event in July  are a short walk from the mid point of the Cours Mirabeau and its many benches and cafés.
Sightseeing
Between events this can be pleasant place to people watch.   The northern section of the city  in the area of the Cathedral of St. Sauveur is given over to mostly pedestrian-only streets and "Semi Pedestrian-Only Streets"     

Wade into the heart of Aix-en-Provence on its winding, narrow streets and visit the 1665 Pavilion De Vendome and its gardens or walk through the narrow opening at the Passage Agard and visit the Deux Garcons Café, a haunt of Cezanne and rated a top restaurant.

On other walks you will find the many plazas and fountains.

  • St. Sauveur Cathedral
You can walk to the hill from the Plaza Hotel de Ville towards the first century edge of the city and pass the medieval rampart and roman walls( Just a little wall remaining) and visit the workshop of Cezanne. On the way, you will pass Gothic St. Sauveur Cathedral and its medieval chapel and the 1650s building housing the Museum of Tapestries,
  • Festival Sites
The Archbishops Palace, the Museum of Tapestries, is one of Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art important venues
On the south side of the Cours the streets have a grid pattern and there you will find the  L'Eglise St. Jean De Malte, a 12 the century Gothic church of the Knights of Malta.

On the north side of the Cours, the old town with its maze of narrow streets is much larger and its older buildings make it a great place to walk.

Trolleys and public buses also tour the city.
Info is available at the tourist office. Follow the big i

Program Of Events

The the program of events and music venues change each year as the festival evolves Find the latest information at the tourist center  as you enter the city.  Follow the big   i

Paid parking is available with an automated system of coin and receipt that you place on your dashboard.

Public transportation is available from the tourist center.

The Cours Mirabeau.

International Festival of Lyric Art

Each summer in July  a music festival comes to Aix-en-Provence and turns many halls, churches and hotel courtyards into concert halls and stages where the music of Ravel, Wagner, and Mozart head the bill of performances of opera and classical music.
  • Opera
Modern composers are also featured in the event that started in 1948 and has grown steadily to become Provence's largest concert series devoted to classical music and opera.  
  • Venues
The main venues for performance are now the Theatre de L'Archeveche, a theatre built at the palace once the home of the Archbishop, a restored 18th century theatre in the courtyard of the   Hotel Maynier d'Oppede,   the Theatre Jeu de Paumes, and a new theatre, the Grand Theatre de Provence which opened in 2007.
You can walk to the Theatre de L'Archeveche from the Cours Mirabeau in about ten minutes.  It is north of the Cours Mirabeau on Rue Gaston de Sporta at the Cathedral of Saint Sauveur.
The Archbishops Palace is now the Museum of Tapestries and the courtyard becomes a stage for the July Music Festival
Theatre du Jeu de Paume is located two blocks east of the cours de Mirabeau beau, at 17 Rue de la Opera.
The 5th Century Baptistery  ringed by Roman columns in the Cathedral of St Sauveur.
Hotel Maynier d'Oppede is near the Cathedral of Saint Sauveur.

The hotel , now the Institute of French Studies opens its courtyard for the Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art

Theaters

The newest theatre venue in Aix is the modern ( 2007)  Grand Theatre de Provence, on Avenue Max Juvenal, a five minute walk (six blocks west ) from the rotary at the west end of the Cours Mirabeau.  Parking is available at the theatre which seats up to 1,366 and has capacity in the orchestra pit for 105 musicians.
With its curvilinear design and spacious patios, the thoroughly modern building stands as a great contrast to the Gothic architecture of Aix-en-Provence.

Aix-en-Provence in July welcomes the Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art and the music of Wagner, Mozart, Ravel and modern composers.
The Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art takes place in churches and hotel courtyards in July in  Aix-en-Provence, the South of France.
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The Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art turns churches  of Aix-en-Provence into concert stages  during the month of July.  
Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art, See dates and venues below
  • Dates
The concerts start the first week of July and run into the last week of July
2014,  July 02 to July 24   link for schedule
The Cathedral of Saint Sauveur area which includes the Archbishops Palace, now the Museum of Tapestries,   become stages for the July Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art
Aix-en-Provence is a good city for walking

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