The two-week Festival Durance-Lubéron will open its summer 2011 season this weekend, featuring a broad range of musical styles presented in unique venues under open evening skies. On the schedule are Indian folk music, classical and comic operas, and the Marseille-based Bamboo Orchestra presenting their original score for the 1932 silent film classic “Les Gosses de Tokyo.” The Festival Durance-Lubéron is led by Jean-François Héron, who also serves as vice president and principal artistic director.
This weekend, two programs in Lourmarin feature Indian folk music: the Fanfare (Aug 12) and Rajastan Gypsies (Aug 13).
The “buzz” is that the program at the Château Mirabeau (Aug 20-21) will be exceptional, not only as an original libretto and arrangement, but as a rare opportunity to enjoy the privately owned chateau surroundings. Two other evenings of particular interest are the ApéroJazz and OpéraApéro at the Jardins Magali in Lauris (Aug 16-17) and the full choir performance of Carmina Burana among the ruins of La Tour d’Aigues (Aug 25). My friend who is volunteering says he’s particularly looking forward to the Aug 15 film projection in Mérindol.