The Verbier International Festival gets underway in Switzerland today, and, as the site did last year, www.medici.tv is broadcsting key performances online, for free. The festival runs to Aug. 2, and there's at least one musical treat a day worth catching on your favourite computer.
The opening concert
, which starts at 7 p.m. GMT, features fabulous violinist Vadim Repin (no stranger to Toronto Symphony Orchestra audiences) performing one of his signature works, Dmitri Shostakovich's Violin Concerto
Charles Dutoit leads the Verbier Festival orchestra. The program also includes Richard Strauss's Alpine Symphony and Mozart's ever-popular Symphony No. 40.
The program I really want to catch is tomorrow
's eclectic combination of Mozart's Laudate Dominum
and Gabriel Fauré's Requiem
(among some other works), featuring ultra-talented young French conductor Jean-François Spinosi and soprano Sandrine Piau (who is, at long last, getting some recognition on this side of the Atlantic -- Carnegie Hall has announced that she will make her New York recital début this fall.)