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Let’s stay in touch online, from now until mid-August, when the new shortened edition of the Summer Festival begins. This is the space where we hope to engage you with a variety of digital content. You’ll have a chance to get to know musicians, send us questions about music, and hear from a wide range of Festival goers about their most memorable moments in Lucerne. This page will continue expanding over the coming weeks!
“We Are LUCERNE FESTIVAL”
Even with all the digital options that have been springing up, the past few weeks have reminded us that there is no substitute for the live musical experience. We asked musicians, long-time Festival goers, and members of the Festival team about their own most remarkable moments at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. A performance does not simply end when the applause fades away. It reverberates afterward – even for years, as we call to mind our most unforgettable highlights. You, too, are invited to participate. We would be delighted for you to share your own loveliest experience(s) at the Festival. Send us your story in writing or as a video upload to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Lucerne, City of Music”
Lucerne and music simply go together. Enjoy members of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA getting together at various spots in the city and playing music by Mozart and Dvořák in smaller chamber music versions. We will be posting video clips of this seven-part series of mini-concerts starting in July.
From Sun, 5 July
From Sat, 11 July
From Sat, 18 July
From Sat, 25 July
From Sat, 1 August
From Sat, 8 August
From Sun, 9 August
“Happy Hour” Live Chats
At “Happy Hour,” musicians from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and other great artists get together digitally. They will exchange ideas and converse about music. But they will also talk about anything else that has caught their interest. You can follow the chats live here on our homepage on our YouTube Channel or on our Facebook-Page and jump in as you like using the comment function to join conversations with the artists.
Members of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, Director Michael Haefliger
Valentine Michaud, Kian Soltani, Festival-Dramaturge Susanne Stähr
Thu, 2 July | 19.00
Episode 3 Live | Herbert Blomstedt, Festival-Dramaturge Susanne Stähr
“That Is the Question”
Anyone who goes to a concert or who simply listens to music knows that questions come up which the program book and the usual scholarly sources don’t cover. If you've ever wondered why the horn sometimes emits squeaking sounds, why conductors almost never appear on the podium the most formal attire, or whether critics are supposed to applaud (or not) after a performance, just ask us! We will find the answer by posing it to an expert. Please send us your question – preferably as a video upload in landscape format – to email@example.com.
Is a critic really allowed to clap at the end of a concert?
What tasks make the concertmaster so special?
Why is it so difficult to play the horn?
From Tue, 7 July
Episode 4 | Why do some conductors use a baton and others do without one?
From Tue, 14 July
Episode 5 | Why don't conductors dress in formal attire?
“Pizz ’n Bits”
Even though they’ve been sequestered in different locations, they sing, dance, and make music together, for they don't want to be alone (and they have been getting a little bored on top of that). Watch and listen as cellist Federica Vecchio (alias Madame Swarowski) and violinist Eleonora Savini (alias Puña) meet digitally. They will carry on with their family concert “Pizz’n’Zip,” which they presented last summer at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. A six-part series for our young (and young-at-heart) audience – who can participate in the fun themselves!
Presentation of the project & join-in action
Let's sing the main theme!
Let's dance in two and three!
From Sun, 19 July
Episode 4 | Let's meet the violin and the cello!
From Sun, 2 August
Episode 5 | Let's sing in minor and in major!
From Sun, 16 August
Episode 6 | Let's go fast and slow!
“World’s Best Friends”
LUCERNE FESTIVAL is the preeminent festival of orchestras. Where else can you marvel at so many top international ensembles, one after the other, in a four-week span each summer? But this year everything is different... So orchestras that enjoy a close association with the Festival have shared personal greetings, and we will also be showing an excerpt from their past performances in Lucerne, drawing on previously unreleased video recordings.
Riccardo Chailly and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Mahler
Sir George Benjamin, Reinhold Friedrich, LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Rihm
Jakub Hrůša, Emmanuel Pahud, Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Mozart
Bernard Haitink, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Bruckner
From Wed, 8 July
Episode 5 | Yannick Nézet-Séguin, LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Shostakovich