A Gala Concert of the Rainier III Academy on Wednesday evening celebrated the centenary of Prince Rainier’s birth and marked the late Sovereign’s great attachment to the development and celebration of music in Monaco.

In his welcoming address, Mayor Georges Marsan remarked how much music, in all its forms, had been at the heart of his generous vision, a relationship with the performing arts that endures until this day.

In the first part of the concert, three great students were accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. Alexey Dimitria admirably interpreted “Fantaisie” for piano and orchestra by Nadia Boulanger, followed by Yanis Farrugia who played “Portrait” for solo piano by Marc-César Scotto, before concluding with a magnificent interpretation by violinist Carola Longo of “Nigun” for violin.

The evening was attended by HSH Prince Albert II, HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover, HSH Princess Stéphanie accompanied by her daughter Camille Gottlieb, Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy, HE Pierre Dartout, Minister of State, Monsignor Dominique-Marie David, Archbishop of Monaco, Yvette Lambin Berti, Secretary of State, Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior, Isabelle Berro-Amadei, Minister of External Relations and Cooperation, Françoise Gamerdinger, Director of Cultural Affairs, as well as several senior representatives of the Prince’s Palace and of the National Council, members of the Commemoration Committee of Prince Rainier III, Mayor Georges Marsan and members of the Communal Council.

ORIGINAL SOURCE & PHOTO: Monaco Mairie (City Hall)