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The Grange au Lac is located in the grounds of the Royal and Ermitage hotels, planted with larch trees. The venue, with a capacity of almost 1,200 spectators and 200 musicians, was designed by architect Patrick Bouchain from the Bouchain/Baos agency in Paris at the request of Antoine Riboud, in honour of the famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

 

The auditorium, built entirely from pine and red cedar, enjoys a volume of 22 m in width, 47 m in length and 15 m in height, to which the staircases, galleries and boxes are attached to make it complete. A set of 14 identical trusses determines the building system of the structure.

 

Spectators have direct access to the stalls and galleries via covered staircases positioned along the façade. The permanent stage area, 260 m2 in size, faces the vast tiered stalls which seat 800; the galleries and balconies with a capacity of 400 spectators overlook the hall. On the ceiling, a gigantic aluminium leaf, which blends in perfectly with the décor, ensures correct sound diffusion and perfect acoustics mastered by Xu Yaying. Just one luxury: six Murano and Bohemian crystal chandeliers light up the stage, and as a souvenir of distant Russia 120 felled birch trees surround the stage.

 

“Small and modest on the outside, on entering the building turns into a cathedral, the omnipresent smell of wood adding to the richness and magic inside”. This phrase sums up well the balance the designers wanted to create between the look of the building and the feeling that it actually produces.

Following a 13-year break, the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian (Evian Musical Encounters), a festival created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud and directed for many years by Mstislav Rostropovich, commenced a new era in 2014, jointly organised by the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet, responsible for the festival’s artistic direction.

 

The main focus for programming is bringing chamber musicians and/or soloists together for them to create joyous, ad hoc ensembles, based on all genres of chamber music. The festival sometimes enables these musical groups, often united for the first time, to embark on a shared path… Other already existing formations share their rapport with the public.

 

Each concert, each one unique in its own way, stages an original artistic encounter, between experienced soloists and young talents, encounters among the different audiences but also between the audience and performers, thanks to events that take place throughout the day, all over Evian: masterclasses, conferences, concerts in Evian town and more, that provide a sure yet subtle reminder of the link with Evian’s great musical past…

 

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The Evian Resort and the Maison des Arts du Léman have once again joined forces to bring you a new event in the run-up to Christmas: Jazz at the Grange, from 15 to 17 December 2017.

 

 

 

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Each year, the Evian Resort joins forces with the Maison des Arts Thonon-Evian (Performing & Visual Arts Centre) and the Pays de Savoie Orchestra to present a season of concerts from October to June, in the majestic setting offered by the Grange au Lac in Evian.

 

The purposely eclectic programme, created to enchant and delight all audiences, features orchestra concerts, chamber music and international ensembles accompanied by a host of renowned soloists.

 

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On either side of the French-Swiss border, museums and exceptional sites await all art enthusiasts on vacation in Evian. A brief selection is presented here. Our Sport & Culture department can offer tailored advice, organise a visit and provide private shuttle transfers.

 

PALAIS LUMIERE EVIAN

A rich and varied programme presents a variety of themes: paintings, sculptures, photographs… In just a few years, the Palais Lumière has become a leading artistic and cultural centre in the Lake Geneva area.

 

GIANADDA FOUNDATION IN MARTIGNY

World renowned for its temporary exhibitions of famous artists such as Gauguin, Manet, Degas or Van Gogh, the Foundation also proposes following permanent features: the Gallo-Roman Museum, the Automobile Museum and the Sculpture Park. A place art lovers should not miss.

 

HERMITAGE FOUNDATION IN LAUSANNE

Located in a superb 19th century residence, the Hermitage Foundation organises two to three internationally renowned exhibitions a year devoted to the fine arts. It is surrounded by stunning grounds, open permanently to the public.

 

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The professionally trained heritage guides at the Sport & Culture department offer a unique way to explore the towns and heritage in the Lake Geneva area. A wide range of visits enables guests to become acquainted with Haute-Savoie and Switzerland.

The Sport & Culture department is open every day from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

CHILLON CASTLE

This Swiss monument, home to the Counts and Dukes of Savoie, recounts the region’s past and plunges visitors into the 13th century.

 

LAUSANNE

Nestling between the lake and mountains, Lausanne has conserved all of its beauty. The lake crossing alone is worth the trip for a day filled with art, history and shopping.

 

YVOIRE

A former fishing village on the shores of Lake Geneva, Yvoire has retained its medieval charm with its small stone houses, flower-laden cobbled streets, town walls dating back to the 12th century and the Garden of the Five Senses, a labyrinth reserved for gentle strolls and making new discoveries.

 

CHAMONIX, MONT BLANC AND THE AIGUILLE DU MIDI

Chamonix is considered the capital of mountaineering. The top of the Aiguille du Midi affords unrivalled views of the Mer de Glace glacier and the Mont Blanc summit.

Other places to visit:

Montreux

Pont du Diable Gorges

Rocher de Naye

Gruyères

Gstaad

Annecy

Geneva

 

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