The Alpina Gstaad is offering a two-night package from July 13 to September 1 to celebrate the 62nd Gstaad Menuhin Festival, a music festival held every summer. The festival will have performances of works from Brahms, Donizetti, Tchaikovsky and Wagner, all made accessible by the hotel’s "Menuhin in Motion" package, which includes tickets to a performance in addition to two nights of luxury accommodations.
The theme of this year’s Festival is “The Alps,” with music composed in mountain settings amidst soaring peaks. Sixty-seven concerts will be performed in 11 venues, including seven medieval churches. On July 14, Paul McCreesh will conduct Haydn’s Seasons, and compositions that Brahms wrote on the shores of Lake Thun will be performed for the first time in their entirety on July 31. Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred” Symphony, played by violinist David Garrett and the Mariinsky Orchestra from St. Petersburg under the director of Valery Gergiev, will be on August 25.
Since last year, Jaap van Zweden, who has been named the new director of the New York Philharmonic for the 2018-19 season, has led the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. Under his direction, the festival will kick off in the 13th Century Saanen Church with violinist Daniel Hope, winner of the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra performing Vivaldi and Max Richter.
Some highlights from this year’s program are:
- July 19 – Pianist Sir András Schiff playing Mozart with violinist Yuuko Shiokawa
- July 26 – Gala Baroque Orchestral Concert with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Emöke Barath singing Händal
- July 30 – World premiere of works from Peter Eötvös and Francisco Coll performed by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta
- August 10 – Pianist Hélène Grimaud performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with Jaap van Zweden conducting the Gstaad Festival Orchestra
- August 18 – Jonas Kaufmann, the award-winning German operatic tenor, performing “Wagner in the Mountains” including Valkyrie with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra
- August 31 – The Alps in Italian Opera: soprano Olga Peretyatko and tenor Juan Diego Flórez featuring works by Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini
The Alpina Gstaad's "Menuhin in Motion" includes accommodations in a Deluxe Room Schönried with daily breakfast and an Alpina Culinary Credit, two tickets to a concert, and a two-day Gstaad card. Rates for the two-night package start at about $2,005 for two people. The rate for single occupancy is approximately $1,450.