Chateau Concert

Late July and August in Provence is the time for concerts put on usually at night under the stars. We try to go to at least one each year and it’s usually in la Roque d’Antheron, where they always have a piano festival. The performance we attended was all Ravel with a French piano player and a Russian orchestra. It didn’t start until 9:30 as I guess they like it to be dark. As I’m usually in bed by 10 or 11 PM, this seems late to me but it is nice when the temperatures drop and the sky gets dark. Also, the cigales stop their racket around then too.


The grounds of the chateau are huge and many people have picnics before the concert begins. I think I’ll do it sometime too but I probably won’t stretch out on the grass like this.


They have huge trees there. They look like sequoas to me.


Usually you can’t see the orchestra at a concert but here they are sort of milling around before it’s time to start as there isn’t a backstage. The picture is blurry because I took it quickly and wanted to take some more but was stopped by a man with a sad basset hound face. They finished the performance with Bolero which I love. Can anyone hear this without thinking of the movie 10? I can’t. Rent it if you haven’t seen it. I found it sort of funny to hear a Russian orchestra playing such a Spanish song. I’m sure there’s no difference if it’s played by a Spanish one.


Because I am in the habit of waking up early each morning, I am almost always in bed early. The concert ended after 11 PM sometime and I was thinking that I wouldn’t make it to bed until well after midnight when friends who were with us said, “How about something to drink and eat?” I told him that most everything would probably be closed but we decided to stop in Lourmarin and see if we could find a place and I was surprised to find one cafe still going. It was full of young people probably just getting started with their evening. Our table was out on the sidewalk and we had a glass of wine and some cheese and it seemed so strange to be there after midnight without the sunshine and the crowds walking by. It was a nice way to end our time out and it didn’t really matter that I didn’t make it to bed until 2 AM. Luckily, I don’t have to go to work or perform brain surgery the next day. I got up early, as is my habit, did a little half hearted run and planned a nice afternoon nap to keep me going until bedtime.

6 thoughts to “Chateau Concert”

  1. Staying up late and seeing how the other half lives is fun sometimes. And you’re right, it’s not like it’s going to kill us to miss some sleep. Just makes me grumpier. The concert sounds like a great experience. The atmosphere changes everything.

  2. It’s always strange to me, too, to be up really late once in a while and see what a busy place the world still is when I’m usually fast asleep. It’s good to shake things up once in a while, isn’t it?

  3. I love being outside and listening to concerts. And the dark must make it magical! I would lie down like those folks in the first photo – but I’d probably fall asleep and my snoring would disturb the other people around me! LOL

  4. It all depends who I am with .. If with hubby we stay up late and rise later, if with friends we go to bed late and rise early .. 🙂 I love see places at night, as well as in the early hours 🙂

  5. We usually go to bed around that same time too. Neither one of us are late sleepers as we like to see what the new day offers. Although yes, every now and then it is nice especially when with friends to stay up late. What a wonderful evening you must have had!!
    Take Care,
    Ulrike

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