They say that ‘Good things come to those who wait’, and with C’est Pas Classique there is a lot of good stuff… but man do you have to wait!
Classical music gets turned on its head, the program is eclectic and fun, the quality is great, and the price is unbeatable: Free! ….Hence the problem: 60,000 music lovers are expected to descend on the Acropolis over the next 5 days. So here’s the strategy to get into the most sought after seats: go with friends, bring a thermos of hot spiced wine and some snacks, and treat the hour+ that you will spend in line like a stand-up alfresco cocktail party.
And here’s what awaits you when you finally get in: Headliners like renowned violinists Vadim Repin and Nemania Radulovic, cutting edge symphonies, opera, soloists, workshops… And then there are the bizarre hybrids, where classical music gets pulled down off its pedestal, making it fun, fresh, accessible, surprising… and anything but classic… like Big Nightmare Music, Les Pianotokes (ping-pong and dueling pianos), Chat-rivari (Clarinets to the cartoons “Chat”), Diva Malbouffa, and choral tributes to Queen and Pink Floyd. Click here for the day-by-day program.
Whereas most of the 100 concerts are at the Acropolis, a trick to avoid the lines is to attend the concerts at the satellite venues: churches, the Opera, the Conservatory, open-air concerts at Place Garibaldi, Place Pierre Gautier (off Cours Saleya), and Place Massena. Click here for a list of concerts in the outer venues.
If you like ‘eclectic’ and ‘free’, than C’est pas Classique is for you!