Thursday 28 May, 7.30 pm – Rougemont Church

All’Improvviso – Bergamasques, Chaconnes and a bit of Folly

L’ARPEGGIATA (8 musicians)

Christina PLUHAR harp, theorbo & direction
Lucilla GALEAZZI song
Gianluigi TROVESI jazz clarinet

Opening fireworks with one of the leading Baroque ensembles. An encounter between the 17th century tradition of ostinato bass and jazz in an atmosphere of improvisation… and pure pleasure!

CHF 45 / 30 / 20

Friday 29 May, 10.00 am – Rougemont Church

Music for travel – Children performing for other children

Tina STRINNING preparation

Young, intrepid musicians en route, the Ministrings will take you on a journey from Berne to Athens via the Lorraine region. Waltzes and Scandinavian polkas, Irish gigues and Ukranian czardas, they perform a veritable musical tour of Europe. A concert for children from near and far up to ten years of age.

Free admission – information and reservations at the Tourist Office


Friday 29 May, 7.30 pm – Rougemont Church

Boccherini in Spain… with guitar and castanets!

Girolamo BOTTIGLIERI violin
Raya RAYTCHEVA violin
Caroline HAAS viola
François GRIN cello
Christian HOSTETTLER guitar

Luigi Boccherini: Guitar Quintet “Fandango”
Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor “Death and the Maiden”
Luigi Boccherini: Guitar Quintet “The Return from Madrid”

Broadcast by Radio Suisse Romande-Espace 2

CHF 45 / 30 / 20

Saturday 30 May, 7.30 pm – Rougemont Church

A Musical Voyage: Return to Valencia

LE CONCERT BRISE (8 musicians)
William DONGOIS cornets & direction

Following their imaginary voyage throughout Europe at the 2008 Folia Festival, the ensemble from Paris spotlights the fiery spirit of Spain – from Arauxo to Gombert, from Victoria to Cabanilles…

CHF 45 / 30 / 20


Sunday 31 May, 7.30 pm – Rougemont Church

“A Rose in the Wind” – Songs from Northern and Southern Europe

Arianna SAVALL soprano, Renaissance harp & double harp
Petter U JOHANSEN tenor & haringfele
Dimitri PSONIS santur, buzuki, saz & Cretan lyre
Sveinung LILLEHEITER guitars
David MAYORAL percussion

A musical voyage along the aquatic routes that for centuries have united Northern and Southern Europe, Scandinavian countries and Mediterranean countries, from Catalonia (Arianna’s homeland) to Norway (Petter’s homeland), from the Scottish Alps to the lands of exile for the Sephardic diaspora…

Broadcast by Radio Suisse Romande-Espace 2

CHF 45 / 30 / 20


Monday 1 June, 11.00 am – Rougemont Church

Improvisations for jazz violin & harpsichord

Helena WINKELMAN classical & jazz violin
Ruedi LUTZ harpsichord & other keyboards

He is the “darling” of the Folia Festival. And his guest this year, after a pianist, a percussionist, a dancer and a flutist at the past festivals, is a violinist for an improvisation session that is sure to be… pure folly!

CHF 15


Monday 1 June, 4.00 pm – Rougemont Church

Woodwinds and Brass from the Time of Charles V

LA CAPELLA DE LA TORRE (8 musicians)
Katharina BÄUML chalemeau, dulciana & direction

From the birth to the death of Charles V: all the stages of the life of the celebrated emperor captured in great wind music under the direction of an exceptional musician, the discovery last year at the Concert brisé.

Broadcast by Radio Suisse Romande-Espace 2

CHF 45 / 30 / 20


Les Folies d’Espagne

The years pass, the spirit continues on. The festival in 2008 was marked once again by great interest in early music in and around our region: the church in Rougemont saw new attendance records at the concerts. The 2009 edition of the festival will continue to explore the rich heritage of European music by spotlighting Spain. After the celebration of France and preceding England, which will sound in the 10th anniversary in 2010, this grand weekend of the Iberian Peninsula will offer the most “folly” of concerts… Isn’t Spain the home of the Folia?

The programmes, as usual, will feature a measured balance of old and new. Among the new artists: Christina Pluhar and eminent Arpeggiata ensemble will open the festivities a day before the “official” Whitsunday weekend with a concert “all’Improvviso” bringing together early music and jazz clarinet; and the young Terpsycordes Quartet from Geneva will perform Boccherini (with guitarist Christian Hostettler) and Schubert on their magnificent 19th century Vuillaume instruments with gut strings…

Among the more recent of our reunions: William Dongois and the Concert Brisé will return after their enchanting performance last year, this year in a “return to Valencia” concert with cornets and sackbuts; and oboist Katharina Bäuml will be back again, this year with her own ensemble, La Capella de la Torre, performing music composed during the reign of Emperor Charles V. We also will have the pleasure of welcoming back Arianna Savall and her Norwegian partner Petter U. Johansen; they were here last in 2006 and have proposed a “crossover” programme featuring a dialogue between music from Northern and Southern Europe. Finally, one of our truly old acquaintances, harpsichordist Ruedi Lutz, will return for another concert of improvisations, this year in duo with jazz violinist Helena Winkelman.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank gratefully all who have contributed to make the Folia Festival possible over the years: donors, sponsors, partners, friends, benefactors, and, of course, you our faithful guests! We are looking forward to transforming Rougemont once again into an early music center for a weekend… and to welcoming you back, once again or for the first time!


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