Contemporary Music is a term that can be daunting but the now well-established annual festival MANCA in Nice, this year from 3 to 10 December, is unusual in that it attracts a wide and eclectic audience.
Tickets go from €5 to €15, or €24 for 3 concerts, and the range of music presented is wide.
On 5 December there is a performance of almost 100 year-old music by Janacek, in a concert that presents both his string quartets, with their passion, energy and pathos, and more recent compositions of that same passion and energy by Boulez or Pärt, who rarely has achieved a wide cult audience away from the initiated. The Janacek will be played by the Diotima Quartet in a programme alongside music by the imaginative Ligeti.
Two of the concerts exploit the intimacy of voice and cello but the festival opens with the full Nice Philharmonic at the Opera House in a concert that concludes with Alban Berg’s violin concerto.
The final concert, on 10 December, is devoted to Love Songs, in a reminder that composers of modern music are still driven by ancient themes.
To find out more about his and other events on the French Riviera, see our Events Guide.