Festival of Music and Vocal Art

In the heart of the Minervois, between the Cité of Carcassonne and Minerve, a natural theatre created by the apse of the medieval Abbey of Caunes provides the perfect setting for the seventeenth edition of the Vendredis Classiques, organised by the association Développement Culturel en Minervois (DCM).


New Edition

17th edition of Fridays Classics: new agenda: from June to September new locations, new schedule.
A new agenda that allows us to participate in the promotion of the cultural actions carried out in the commune of Caunes: in June as part of the "Marble Week", in September on the occasion of the "European Heritage Days". It is also an opportunity to increase awareness among young audiences while maintaining the quality of programs and the valorization of young artists.

FIRST TIME : 6th & 9th JUNE

The organization of a residence at the primary school of Caunes combines music and sculpture in La Semaine des Marbres. On 9 June at 9 pm at HangART, a site favored by the association Les Marbrières de Caunes for the symposium «Sculptures en direct», closing concert of this residence.


At 9 pm at the Abbey Church with possibility of restoration and wine tasting at the abbey house near the church square.


At 9 pm at the Abbey Church, opening the European Heritage Days with the possibility of restoration and wine tasting at the abbey house near the church square.

2017 Season

Concert 9th June
Portuguese music from the four corners of the world
by Antoinette Trio
In partnership with the Marbrières de Caunes association Within the context of « La Semaine des Marbres » There are two key motives behind the 9th June concert, the first of the 2017 season: - To intensify the 2015 and 2016 initiatives to […]
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Concert 28th July
Tribute to composers of the 19th and 20th centuries
Young musicians from the Minsk conservatoire.
Young people take centre stage for the opening of the summer festival: twelve talented musicians aged only from 13 to 18 years old but all of them already winners of national and international competitions and recipients of major awards. Many […]
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Concert 4th August
Tenebrae Responsoria by Carlo Gesualdo (1560-1613)
Performed by the Ensemble Energeia
6 a capella singers directed by Jean-Dominique Abrel: 2 sopranos, 1 countertenor, 1 tenor, 1 baritone,1 basse Music that is traditionally performed during the Triduum Pascal services (the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before Easter Sunday), GESUALDO’s musical corpus contains the liturgical responses for these […]
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Concert 11th august
The pearls of the baroque are the « Tears of the Gods »
Haendel, Purcell, Bach, Rameau, Vivaldi, Duphly
By ADN BAROQUE « between body and soul» The countertenor and dancer Théophile Alexandre is one of the few artists in the world intermixing song and dance at this level of excellence. He is known and […]
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Concert 15th September
The Jubilee Concert
by The Lauragais Choir
Opening of the « Journées Européennes du Patrimoine » 80 choristers and 4 professional solists directed by William Hedley and accompanied on piano by by Marc Chiron The Lauragais Choir has been performing a répertoire of demanding classical music for over fifty years. They have performed renowned works […]
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