Victoria Hall Genève

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Victoria Hall Genève


The Victoria Hall was built between 1891 and 1894, close to the Grand Théâtre and the Music Conservatory. Its façade is characteristic of the French "Beaux-Arts" style, inspired by classical and renaissance architecture. The Main Entrance is surmounted by an aedicula bearing the coat of arms of the Barton and Peel families, which serves as a plinth for the allegorical figure of Harmony, a work by Joseph Massarotti based on a model by the Parisian sculptor Jean Coulon. The central frontage is designed as the representation of a loggia in Pompeian-red set off by two monumental Ionic columns, accompanied on either side by the more sober facings of massive corner towers on which are engraved the names of sixteen symphonic composers.

The unobtrusively decorated foyer leaves concert-goers totally unprepared for the decorative extravagance of the auditorium with stalls, dress circle, upper circle and stage resplendent in a neo-baroque style verging on the rococo. The multiplicity of elaborately moulded contours, from garlands and cartouches to caryatids and other mascarons, is enhanced by a liberal use of gold leaf, blending into the subdued red of the underlying colour scheme.

In 1904, Barton donated the building to the City of Geneva. 80 years later, the interior was partly destroyed in a fire and the City undertook its restoration. The stucco work was remoulded using methods similar to those used when the Hall was first built. Three large ceiling medallions, representing the earthly harmonies ascending towards the celestial, the work of the painter Ernest Biéler, were irreparably damaged and replaced with a contemporary work by Dominique Appia.

The Victoria Hall, nowadays used principally for performances of classical music, also welcomes leading performers in song, jazz and ethnic music. The splendour of the auditorium is complemented by acoustic qualities, which, as all music lovers will agree, are well-nigh incomparable.

Music Program

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Kazuki Yamada direction
Simon Trpceski piano
Serge Prokofiev
Concerto pour piano et orchestre no 3 en ut majeur op. 26
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphonie no 7 en la majeur op. 92

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Osmo Vänskä direction
Dawn Upshaw soprano
Rendez-vous à New York
Leonard Bernstein
On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
Mélodies de Weill, Duke, Bernstein, Gershwin et Sondheim
Serge Rachmaninov
Danses symphoniques op. 45

Evgeny Kissin piano
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate pour piano no 21 en ut majeur op. 53, Waldstein
Sergueï Prokofiev
Sonate pour piano no 4 en ut mineur op. 29, D’après de vieux cahiers
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturnes op. 9 no 1 en si bémol mineur et no 3 en si majeur
Six mazurkas (à préciser ultérieurement)
Franz Liszt
Rhapsodie hongroise no 15 en la mineur S 244/15, Marche de Rákóczi

Handel Festival Orchestra
Handel Festival Chorus
Hiroya Aoki direction
Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
Hiroya Aoki contre-ténor
Yoshifumi Hata ténor
Roderick Williams baryton
Georg Friedrich Handel
Messiah (Le Messie)

Orchestre Symphonique de Guangzhou
Lin Daye direction
Mélodie Zhao* piano
Guo Wenjing
«Folk Song Suite» pour orchestre à cordes
Yin Chengzong / Chu Wanghua / Sheng Lihong / Liu Zhuang
Concerto pour piano et orchestre «Le Fleuve jaune»
Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
Symphonie no 5 en mi mineur op. 64

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Charles Dutoit direction
Nelson Freire piano
Claude Debussy
Images pour orchestre, Ibéria
Frédéric Chopin
Concerto pour piano et orchestre no 2 en fa mineur op. 21
Igor Stravinski
Le Chant du rossignol, poème symphonique
Maurice Ravel
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no 2

Orchestre Riviera Symphonique
Luc Baghdassarian direction
Fabrizio von Arx violon
Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
Concerto pour violon en ré majeur op. 35
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphonie no 5 en ut mineur op. 67