Un concert pour une bonne cause demain à Nice. A concert for a good cause tomorrow in Nice


A charity concert to raise money for Cancer Research is being held at Opera de Nice this coming Friday, a great occasion to support a good cause while enjoying a wonderful night out!

Organized by the local association l’Art pour la Vie, this prestigious event will be conducted by Frédéric Deloche and will feature famous arias and duets from MacBeth, Attila, Nabucco, Manon Lescaut and La Trouvère, performed by Svelte Vassileva, soprano, Irakli Kakhidze, tenor, and Giuseppe Altomare, baritone. The Orchestre Philharmonique and  the choirs of the opera will also be on hand for the occasion.

L’Art pour la Vie has been raising funds to help move medical research forward in a variety of different fields, from cystic fibrosis to lung cancer, through the staging of concerts featuring world-renowned lyrical singers. It probably helps that its president, Melcha Coder, is herself no stranger to classical music, and is also at the helm of a yearly operetta festival designed to discover local young talent. Trained as an opera singer, Coder launched l’Art pour la Vie in 1998, alongside her late-husband, a former radiologist.

The concerts are organised each May and have so far managed to raise more than €20,000 for local hospitals, including the acquisition of medical devices for the pediatric services of L’Archet 2 hospital.

This time around, all the proceeds will go to the Centre Antoine Lacassagne in Nice, one of 20 cancer centres in France, in order to help acquire a radiotherapy apparatus capable of realizing a preoperative radiation in just three minutes.

The concert takes place at 8 pm on Friday the 19th of May. Tickets cost between €10 and €35 and may be purchased directly at the Opera or ordered by telephone.

Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur
4-6, rue Saint-François de Paule
06300 Nice

Tel: + 33 4 92 17 40 79



Encore une expo à ne pas rater à Nice. Another not-to-be-missed exhibit in Nice.

A new exhibition in Nice aims to show the importance of music to Chagall and how he incorporated it into his works.

Last Autumn, two exhibitions held at the Musée de la musique – Philarmonie de Paris (The Triumph of Music) and at La Piscine – Musée D’art et d’Industrie André Diligent in Roubaix (Sources of Music), highlighted the role music played in Chagall’s work.

These two exhibits have been combined together to offer visitors to the Musée National Marc Chagall in Nice a wonderful reflection on the Russian artist’s love for the 5th art with over 200 artworks (paintings, drawings, etchings, ceramics, stained glass, and the like) borrowed from major public and private collections from both France and abroad.

Music has always been a constant source of inspiration to Chagall, from the traditional Jewish songs of his childhood to the classical music of Bach and Mozart. His paintings are full of musicians: violinists, cymbalists, acrobatic musicians, and flautists, all mingling perfectly with the religious figures so clearly loved by the artist.


For Chagall, music was a vehicle for human sentiments: sorrow, joy, consolation, exaltation. This is why, throughout his long career, he worked on many projects for the theatre, ballet and opera. For instance, he created costumes and set designs for the Jewish Art Theatre in Moscow, painted the ceiling of the Opéra de Paris and the frescoes at the Lincoln Center in New York.

A testimony of this love for music is already on display in the museum in Nice, with not only the concert hall which hosts a rich programme of musical events throughout the year, but also the harpsichord he painted in 1980.

The exhibition Marc Chagall et la Musique runs until 13th June, 2016. It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (6 pm from the 2nd of May), and is closed Tuesdays and on the 1st of May. Admission costs €10, but is free for all on the first Sunday of each month.


Musée National Marc Chagall
36, avenue Dr Ménard
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 4 93 53 87 20


All photos © RIVIERA BUZZ