Monegasques are being offered the chance of a multi-sensory musical show at the Cathedral of Monaco to mark the 60th birthday of Prince Albert on 14 March. Five tableaux representing the elements; Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and the Celestial will be projected on the interior of the Cathedral centred on the magnificent organ, with music provided by a variety of musicians. The half-hour show will immerse those present in a series of five different environments, whisking them in their minds-eye from their seats in the cathedral.
Some one hundred and fifty singers and musicians will be involved in the concert from a variety of organisations connected with the principality will be involved. These include the Petits Chanteurs, the Monte-Carlo Opera Choir and the singers of its International Professional Training Artist-Choir, the Monaco Brass formation from the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Children’s Choir from the Rainier III Music Academy, the Prince’s Carabiniers Orchestra, the Monoïkos Quartet and finally a group of ten specially invited soloists.
Prince Albert was born to Prince Rainier and his wife Grace Kelly on the 14th March 1958, before being baptised the next month, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It is perhaps apt that music plays a large part in the celebration as whilst at Amherst College in the United States, he actually came over and toured Europe as part of their Glee Club – though it has not been disclosed as to whether he has kept up his love of singing.
In addition to promoting music and the arts within Monaco, the Prince also supports the arts in the United States, in memory of his mother Princess Grace, through the Princess Grace Foundation-USA which seeks to give support to emerging artists in film, dance and theatre. He recently oversaw the purchase of his mother’s old house in Philadelphia and hoped this might become a centre for the foundation in some way.