HISTORY

IN April 2012, Leysin American School (LAS) with the assistance of Mr. Helmut Emele as its artistic director, started a concert series. ‘Belle Epoque Magique’ that takes place on a monthly basis in the stunningly restored ‘Grande Salle’ of LAS’ Belle Epoque building.   The concerts are supported by the Commission Culturelle Leysin & Aigle, Imprimerie Nouvelle Leysin, Leysin-Les Mosses-Aigle Tourism, Transports Publiqes du Chablais, Banque Cantonal Vaudoise, Vignerons d’Aigle, and local commerce.   In 1892, The Grand Hôtel of the Belle Epoque, the first sanatorium in Leysin, was completed. It was designed for the elite of the world suffering from tuberculosis (TB). It hosted amongst others, Czar Nicholas II of Russia, King Alphonso XIII of Spain, Marie Curie, Josephine Baker, Rainer Maria Rilke and Albert Camus. Igor Stravinski wrote most of the ‘Rite of Spring’ in Leysin in 1911 when his wife, Katarina, was recovering from TB. Mahatma Gandhi, when visiting Mrs. Nehru in 1931, wife of the first prime minister of India, spent time lecturing to patients.   In 2008, LAS purchased the building and in painstaking restoration brought it back to its former glory. It now serves students in the last two years of secondary study completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma program.  The exquisite Grande Salle provides a beautiful venue for the Belle Epoque Magique concerts enhanced by the phenomenal view of the Alps.

SCHEDULE

*Come meet the musicians following the concert in La Cave and enjoy traditional ‘verre d’amitié’ (snacks and drinks).

Moncef Genoud
Sunday 29 November 2015
at 19h00
Moncef Genoud, pianiste

Ensemble Tri I Dve
Sunday 17 January 2016
at 17h00 – Temple de Leysin
Ensemble Tri I Dve (voix, harpe, violon, violoncelle, contrebasse)
Danses hongroises de Johannes Brahms et musiques traditionnelles bulgares,
macédoniennes, roumaines et russes

Alexis Vassiliev, contre-ténor
Sunday 31 January 2016
at 19h00
Alexis Vassiliev,
contre-ténor

Duo Von Burg
Sunday 28 February 2016
at 19h00
Duo Von Burg – Baghdassarian, violon et piano
OEuvres de Haendel, Mozart, Brahms, Ravel et Ysaye

Trio Beatrice Jaermann
Sunday 6 March 2016
at 17h00 – Temple de Leysin
Trio Béatrice Jaermann, flûte – Julie Sicre, harpe – Hans Egidi, alto
OEuvres de Bax, Bizet (Suite d’après Carmen), Britten, Debussy (Syrinx), Takemitsu

Christophe Pantillon
Sunday 10 April 2016
at 17h00 – Temple de Leysin
Récital Christophe Pantillon, violoncelle
Suites de Jean-Sébastien Bach et oeuvres de compositeurs suisses

Choir
Sunday 24 April 2016
at 17h00 – Temple de Leysin
Choeur mixte Sainte-Famille de Erde (VS), direction José Michellod
Choeur mixte Echo des Tours, Leysin, direction André Jaquerod
Au programme oeuvres religieuses et profanes

Austrian Folklore
Sunday 22 May 2016
at 19h00
Lost in Swing

Jazz Soiree
Sunday 26 June 2016
at 19h00
Soirée Jazz

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How to reach the Belle Époque Campus
By Train:
The cog train from Aigle to Leysin makes the journey in less than 30 minutes, a service that runs every hour during the day. You will exit at the Grand Hôtel at the 4th and final stop in Leysin. The concert series is timed according to the train’s hourly schedule. For the train timetable, please visit sbb.ch
By Car:
For specific driving instructions, please click here.