For five consecutive seasons, medici.tv has been the place for classical music lovers around the world to enjoy the spectacular array of top artists who perform at the Verbier Festival, which this summer takes place July 15 – 31. As Martin T:son Engstroem, the festival's founder and executive director, says: "Verbier is a tiny Swiss mountain village, far from any big towns, but we can connect with the global internet community and share our wonderful programs with a worldwide audience. People have followed our concerts from some mind-boggling places. Hats off to medici!" This summer, medici.tv will stream concerts again from Verbier, with more than 20 live events from the 18th annual festival; tomorrow’s festival opening-night concert features the Verbier Festival Orchestra under music director Charles Dutoit, performing Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Nelson Freire and Stravinsky’s Petrushka.
The freshly redesigned medici.tv has reaped acclaim as one of the web's leading classical music experiences. A column by editor-in-chief James Jolly in the June issue of Gramophone magazine details the medici.tv experience at length, marveling over the "treasures aplenty" on the site. The medici.tv app for iPads, iPhones and other digital devices – available for free at the Apple app store – was recently named one of the top five apps for classical music by WQXR, the classical music station of New York City.
For complete programs and additional information about the 2011 Verbier Festival, visit www.verbierfestival.com.