A veritable pioneer in the world of luxury tourism, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, in its desire to maintain its very high quality image tinged with originality and audacity, has entered a phase of creation and re-creation filled with large-scale renovation projects, starting with Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo.
The Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo boast a history based on innovation, well-being, comfort and freedom. In order to respect this century-old heritage, renovations began in March and are scheduled to end 1 October 2014, with the aims of more space, modernity, technology and wellness.
“Zen, luxury, high-tech and high-performance are the key words for these renovations and the future Thermes Marins”, announces Michel Dotta, President of Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo.
In the Monte-Carlo spirit of creation and re-creation, a daring concert was held on 17 May as a symbol of the new Thermes spirit of renaissance, thrills and entertainment.
The Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo remained partly open while their prestigious clientele was invited to attend a classical music concert with the great Maltese pianist Stefan Cassar, in the pool undergoing renovations.
“Just like the concert, the renovation work will be carried out with great care. It’s an opportunity to focus on Monte-Carlo’s legendary status as a dream destination in constant effervescence, creation and recreation, with a modern touch”, states Dotta.
“The idea was to go on site where the renovation works were taking place and preview how the work was coming along while enjoying an exceptional cultural event reserved exclusively for our clientele”, says Frédéric Darnet, Director of Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo.
There may be a slight pause in our service, yet we prefer to view this as the chance to truly let our creative and recreational energy flow, the very energy which has built the legend of Monte-Carlo. The soirée, like the legend, was original, elegant and splendid, thanks to the famous pianist Stefan Cassar. A renowned specialist in romantic music and winner of numerous international competitions, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer was honoured by Cassar’s acceptance to perform in such highly unusual circumstances. And the guests were just delighted.
At this unique concert held in the pool undergoing renovations at the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, Stefan Cassar played:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata no. 8 in A minor, Op.13, known as “Pathétique”
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, known as “La Favorite”
Franz Liszt: Sonetto del Petrarca no. 104
Maurice Ravel: Miroirs no. 3 , “Une Barque sur l’Océan”
Johannes Brahms: Capriccio Op. 76 no. 1 & Capriccio Op. 76 no. 2
Maltese pianist Stefan Cassar has been living in Lyon since 1990. His talent has earned him many fans all over the world. Stefan Cassar’s renditions of the romantic repertoire demonstrate a particular sensitivity.
A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique in Paris, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Royal Schools of Music in London, Stefan Cassar has won numerous international competitions including, in 2000, one in Sofia, where his rendition of “Après une lecture de Dante” by Liszt won him first prize in romantic music.
He has trained with pianists such as Germaine Mounier, Sergio Perticaroli, Halina Czerny Stefanska and Valery Affanasiev.