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OSR Festival at Genève-Plage

26 - 28th August 2021 at Genève-Plage

Grab your deckchairs, beach towels and picnic hampers to savour the last days of summer at Genève-Plage with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande!

Prepare to be astounded by young piano prodigy Yoav Levanon playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, conducted by Jonathan Nott on Thursday, 26th August. For film fanatics, catch a unique lakeside screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid accompanied by live orchestra under the baton of Philippe Béran on Friday, 27th August. Finally, let the Sirba Octet whisk you up onto your feet to the sounds of the Balalaïka and traditional Russian, Romanian and Hungarian folk tunes as the summer sun sets over the Jura.

3 magical evenings to see out the summer! 


Rhapsody in Blue

Thursday 26th August at 8:45pm

Jonathan Nott, conductor | Yoav Levanon, piano

George Gershwin grew up at the turn of the last century in the working-class areas of New York, surrounded by a culture permeated by chanson, ragtime and blues. The version of Rhapsody in Blue performed by the OSR for the festival at Genève-Plage is the version traditionally performed by symphony orchestras, which was created a few years later than the 1924 Jazz version.


Chaplin at the beach

Friday 27th August at 8:45pm

Philippe Béran, conductor
Screening of The Kid accompanied live by the OSR

Actor, director, filmmaker and composer, Charlie Chaplin has left his mark on the history of cinema. The Kid  is one of the greatest films of all time and has moved generations of viewers since its release one hundred years ago. Our concert commemorates this anniversary with a screening of the restored film accompanied by a live performance of Charlie Chaplin's music and additional music including Tchaikovsky's symphony 'Pathétique' . A timeless classic now well on its way to its second century.


Le Kid © Roy Export S.A.S
Musique du Kid Copyright © Roy Export Company Ltd. et Bourne Co.


Saturday 28th August at 8:45pm

Sirba Octet & OSR
Alexeï Birioukov
, balalaïka

The Sirba Octet will appear together with a special guest artist, the Russian balalaikist Alexeï Birioukov, alongside the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Born in rural Russia, the Balalaïka later took its place in the palaces of the Tsars and reflects the Russian soul in all its splendid ardour and melancholy. Discover unmissable Russian melodies, combined with a rich mixture of traditional Romanian, Hungarian, Moldavian and gypsy music in this varied evening programme. An anthology of the most beautiful themes of gypsy cabaret and klezmer music!

This concert is based on the Sirba Orchestra! album, released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2018.




Adult: CHF 20
Reduced*: CHF 15


* Reduced tarif wtih proof for : AVS, AI, job seekers, and those aged under –25.