Quimper: Musical Weeks at American time

Wilhem Latchoumia is on the bill for the 43rd edition of the Semaines musicales de Quimper. It’s from August 18 to 21, 2022. ©Anthony Arquier

“Very high-level concerts”, promise the organizers of the Musical weeks of Quimper. The 43e titled edition American nights takes place from August 18 to 21, 2022.

A festival “accessible to all”

Historically rooted in classical music, the festival now extends to jazz, cabaret, gospel,… With a desire to be “accessible to all and not only to insiders”, according to Thomas Besse.

President of the Musical Weeks since April 2022, he claims a festival “on a human scale”.

How ? “Out of the classic framework”, responds Bernard Kalonndeputy mayor in charge of culture.

In fact, the concerts will be guaranteed at The Ephemeral, in the garden of the Bishop’s Palace. “Acoustically, it holds up,” he slips.


For four days, the public will be spoiled for choice: minimalist american music on piano, gospel, orchestra,…

“A hearty program”, summarizes Thomas Besse. “But digestible! », completes Bernard Kalonn with a smile. The gauge was set at 600 seats.

Videos: currently on Actu

As a prelude to the festivities, the film An American in Paris will be broadcast at Katorza cinema Wednesday, August 17 at 8:45 p.m.

The trailer can be watched on YouTube:

The program in detail

A recital of 20th century musice century through the piano by Wilhem Latchoumia.

Practical information.

Thursday, August 18 at 8:45 p.m. at L’Éphémère.

  • A night in Harlem (gospel)

“One of the highlights of this festival. The gospel is communion, ”says Thomas Besse. 14 African-American and Caribbean singers will form a choir led by Reverend Michael.

Practical information.

Friday, August 19 at 8:45 p.m. at L’Éphémère.

Concert for peace with French, Ukrainian and Russian artists forming the group Elysée String Quartet & Friends.

Practical information.

Saturday August 20 at 8:45 p.m. at L’Éphémère.

25 artists on stage. The Pink City Orchestra and the company of Occitan stars will cover film music by playing their string instruments.

Practical information.

Sunday August 21 at 8:45 p.m. at L’Éphémère.

The Pink City Orchestra will play music from American films.
The Pink City Orchestra will play music from American films. ©Mikael Torren

Free events

And that’s not all ! Every morning, the curious can be tempted by theZen space with the artist Sylvain Thomas. “The sound massages invite tranquility thanks to instruments dedicated to meditation”, develops Thomas Besse.

Practical information.

From August 18 to 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., garden workshops at the Max-Jacob center. It’s free.

On the other hand, on the occasion of the festival, the artem gallery will exhibit the creations of the comic book illustrator Pierre Malma. It was he who imagined the graphic universe of the event.

Practical information.

From August 17 to 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Artem gallery, 16 rue Sainte Catherine. It’s free.

Visitors will have the opportunity to dance thanks to the operation Dance for all. Three ballet masters will guide the learners.

Practical information.

Sunday August 21 at 10:30 a.m. at L’Éphémère. It’s free.

Finally, the saxophonist Robby Marshall will give four concerts during which he will tell the story of jazz through the ages.

Practical information.

Every evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and from 10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at L’Éphémère. It’s free.

The organizers are also looking for volunteers. You can apply here.

43rd edition of the Quimper Musical Weeks. Concerts at L’Éphémère, in the Jardin de l’Éphémère. Prices: 15 euros per concert by booking on the site, 20 euros on site. The 4-day pass costs 60 euros by booking on the site, 85 euros on site. Free for children under 18.https://www.semaines-musicales.com/

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