Rencontres Musicales Champéry | Hungarian Dances and Love Songs


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Throughout the concerts, discover the different facets of Brahms: virtuoso pianist, but also chamber musician and orchestrator of genius.

The joy of living
Imagine these mysterious lands of Bohemia where dance celebrates life as much as love… Imagine Vienna and its swirls of waltzes that become songs in the early morning…

Brahms and Dvořák come together here for an evening of joy, culminating in Rusalka’s sublime Song to the Moon, which implores the spirits to give her a body so that she may know love.

Odile Heimburger
The coloratura soprano Odile Heimburger first approaches music through the violin and jazz. It is later, at the Royal College of Music in London, that she discovers her voice: it is a revelation! After obtaining a Master’s degree in singing with honors, the soprano returned to France to perfect her skills with Mady Mesplé, of whom she was the last student. She then took part in numerous international competitions and won various prizes: the opera prize, the operetta prize, the audience prize and the contemporary music interpretation prize.

Carine Séchaye
The mezzo-soprano Carine Séchaye obtained her singing and acting diplomas at the Geneva Conservatory and then perfected her skills at the Opera Studio International (Zürich). Recipient of numerous scholarships, she is also a laureate of international competitions including the prestigious Operalia competition of Placido Domingo. She sings in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Monaco, Italy, the Sultanate of Oman and Japan. Recently, she sang in Walkyrie in Marseille and in Pélléas et Mélisande in Neuchâtel. With the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, she has just recorded the solo viola of Bach’s Markuspassion.

Maxence Billiémaz
French-Swiss tenor Maxence Billiémaz studies singing at the Haute École de Musique de Genève. The singer appears on stage in roles such as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, or Bastien in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne. He regularly sings as a soloist at the Opéra de Lausanne and in ensembles such as Cappella Mediterranea with Leonardo Alarcón, the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, the Chœur de Chambre de Namur or the Talens Lyriques with Christophe Rousset.

Stephan Imboden
Stephan Imboden began his musical training with the Schola des Petits Chanteurs de Sion. Then he is a founding member of the Octuor Vocal de Sion and the Novantiqua choir. He continued his singing studies at the Conservatoire de Lausanne and then at the Opéra de Lyon. Finally, he perfected his skills in French baroque music at Versailles, under the direction of René Jacobs. His musical and stage experience ranges from baroque to contemporary music.

Dana Ciocarlie & Christiane Baume-Sanglard
Since their meeting in 2007 during the Piano à Saint-Ursanne festival, Christiane Baume-Sanglard and Dana Ciocarlie have engaged in regular piano work and collaboration as a four-hand piano duo. The female duo has since performed on numerous European stages during concerts and festivals. Through their friendship, their contrasting personalities form an explosive mix of energy, poetry and musical expressiveness.


Odile Heimburger, soprano
Carine Séchaye, alto
Maxence Billiémaz, tenor
Stephan Imboden, bass
Dana Ciocarlie & Christiane Baume-Sanglard, piano

Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dances for piano four hands
Three duets for soprano and alto op. 20
Liebeslieder-Walzer op. 52 for vocal quartet and piano four hands

Antonín Dvořák
Slavonic Dances for piano four hands
Song to the Moon: Air for soprano from the opera Rusalka

Opening hours

Monday 10 August 2020 at 7 pm.




Adult: 35 CHF.
Student : 15 CHF
Children -15 years old : Free entrance
Festival pass : 220 CHF (excluding children's concert).

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Église Saint-ThéoduleRue du Village 511874Champéry
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Champéry Catholic Chuch

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