Summer Concerts


We’ve chosen hommage as the theme for 2018’s concerts from the acclaimed British pianist James Lisney. The ….hommage series honours composers, pianists, the piano and, in the June recital, Karl Stice, our piano technician, with the inclusion of the world premiere of his composition – Marmandaise Rag!

In July we pay hommage to Chopin and in August to the music of France with an evening dedicated to French composers.

We hope you’ll join us to hear music ranging from Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue, much-loved Chopin’s waltzes, Debussy’s Hommage à Rameau and Suite bergamasque in this his 100th anniversary year and of course Liszt’s beautiful and inspirational Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude.  As usual, the second recital in July and August will be held by candlelight in what is now a La Balie tradition!


 “With a remarkable varied sound, springing from a unique sensitivity, James Lisney succeeded in holding the attention of the audience throughout, not allowing a moments escape into other thoughts, attracting them with permanent internal movement and intense artistic feelings. A truly original musical personality.”  Actualitatea Muzicala, Bucharest


 To make a reservation please use our Contact form. Tickets €20



Music at La Balie – Summer Concerts 2018


Friday, May 25th at 19h.00

Liszt Les cloches de Genève
Schubert Sonata in G, D894
Chopin Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, opus 22

Friday, June 15th at 19h.00

Chopin Polonaise in C sharp, opus 26
Nocturne in e
Waltz in e
Lento con gran espressione
Mazurka in a, opus 17/4
Romance from Concerto in e, opus 11
Doucet Chopinata
Bolcom Graceful Ghost
Stice Marmandaise Rag
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue



Thursday, 5th July at 19h.00

An evening of Chopin

Chopin Waltzes, opus 34
Fantaisie, opus 49
Impromptu, opus 51
Sonate, opus 35 (Marche funèbre)

Monday, 9th July at 22.00

Concert aux chandelles

Liszt Ave Maria
Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude
Beethoven Sonata, opus 110
Prokofiev Suite de Romeo et Juliette



Thursday, August 23rd at 19h.00

Vive la France! An evening of French music

Jean-Philippe Rameau Les tendres plaintes
Les sauvages
Claude Debussy Hommage à Rameau
Suite bergamasque
Cécile Chaminade Automne
Francis Poulenc Trois novelettes
Emmanuel Chabrier Habanera
Scherzo-valse (Pieces pittoresques)

Monday, August 27th at 22.00

Concert aux chandelles

Bach Arioso BWV 1056 (Cortot)
Gavotte (Rachmaninoff)
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring BWV 147 (Hess)
Albeniz Sevilla
Granados The Maiden and the Nightingale
Schumann Romance opus 28/2
Widmung (Liszt)
Fruhlingsnacht (Liszt)
Gershwin Preludes
Chopin Romance from Concerto opus 11
Liszt Les Cloches de Genève


“I have nothing but praise for James Lisney’s piano playing; he combines velvet touch and a wide range of colour with complete understanding of phrasing and dynamic shading. This is someone who can really give the mechanical box of wires and wood a singing soul.” The Telegraph

“Lisney impressed with his clarity of sound, his ability to elucidate the shape of the music and to stand back a little from it as if in modest deference. Exquisitely controlled performances.”  The Times