The St Barts Music Festival 2008 runs for two weeks this year, from January 11 through January 23, 2008. Advanced tickets to performances are not necessary, just come to the island and pay at the door — the old-fashioned way!
Since 1984, St. Barts has hosted a performing arts festival unlike any other in the world. Each year during January St Barts offers more than a dozen nights of the finest live music and dance performances in an informal, island setting.
Audiences are treated to intimate concerts by some of the world’s most prominent classical, opera, ballet, and jazz stars. These performers have the level of artistry that one would normally have to attend Carnegie Hall in New York or the Opera Garnier in Paris to experience. Imagine hearing them with the added advantage of island breezes and the fragrance of flowering hibiscus.
The musicians are soloists and principals from symphony orchestras and philharmonica from all over the world: Montreal, Boston, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London, Paris, the Juilliard and Curtis schools of music, and many others. The singers are from the likes of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and La Scala in Milan. The dancers have performed with the American Ballet Theater of New York City, the Paris Opera Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the famed Bolshoi company in Russia.
After the concerts, it’s not unusual to spot the performers and other visiting celebrities dining in one of the many fine restaurants St Barts has to offer like Andy’s Hideaway in St Jean, Gloriette on Grand Cul de Sac beach, Do Brasil on Shell Beach or La Route du Bouccaniers in Gustavia harbor. Start making your plans now to visit St Barts between January 11 to 23. Wimco is the leading provider of private villa rentals on the island, and also represents intimate hotels of distinction on St Barts. Call them at 888-751-7366 to check availability.