On 29 July, families from our Martigny schools spent a day in Verbier—an annual event hosted by the Vareille Foundation and the Verbier classical music festival.
The children began the day by taking ski lifts up into the mountains with Verbier Festival musicians, who used the eight-minute trip to give private performances, transforming each gondola into “the world’s smallest concert hall.”
When they reached the top, the children and their families enjoyed a delicious picnic in the sun, made even better by breathtaking views of the Valais mountains and conversation with talented young musicians from around the globe.
The afternoon included a performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, accompanied byprojectionsof the children’s own illustrations, as well as a concert by Verbier’s entire Junior Orchestra—a group of 15- to 18-year-olds who rank among the most gifted musicians of their generation. As these world-class virtuosos played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (K466) and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D major(Op. 107), their love of music shone through, much to the delight of our little violinists.