10 August - 18 September 2011

Dreamers, Mystics, and Visionaries

LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer Explores "Night"

Night is the time for dreams, fantasies, and phantoms, but also for pleasure and sensuality. So it is that the realm of night has always stirred up fear and fascination alike. We call those who are crazy or insane “benighted,” yet night also frees us from the constraints of day and allows us to see things differently, to take in other realities. And finally, night marks both beginnings and ends: out of chaos the world comes into being.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer 2011 will explore the phenomenon of the night in music. It will focus on composers who are visionaries and dreamers, on the mystics and masters of dark sounds. But we will also consider such “nocturnal” genres as the serenade or nocturne. The Romantics especially deemed music to be an art of the night, perfectly suited to the world of dreams, of darkness, of the unconscious.

From the “Queen of the Night” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to “Nights in the Gardens of Spain,” LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer will show that “night is not meant for sleeping alone.” Our companion “night revelers” will once again include great orchestras, conductors, and soloists. The Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics will be on hand for several guest performances, as will the Chicago Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and both the Berlin and Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestras. We have invited the Hagen Quartet and Swiss perfomance artist Charlotte Hug to be our “artiste étoile”; Georg Friedrich Haas will be our “composer-in-residence.” Bernard Haitink and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe continue with their Brahms cycle, while Claudio Abbado and the the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA will devote their artistry to Mahler and Brahms as well as to Mozart and Bruckner. And the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, under the direction of Pierre Boulez, will study and perform works from Ravel up to the present.


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