On Friday, 3 February 2023, the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) will be invited to play at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: As part of the new Festival "Elbphilharmonie Visions", the LFCO and conductor Sylvain Cambreling will perform Rebecca Saunders' piano concerto "to an utterance" and the orchestral triptych "Core" – "Turn" – "Boost" by Dieter Ammann.
The first rehearsals in Hamburg are taking place at the venerable, neo-baroque Laeiszhalle Hamburg.
Conductor Sylvain Cambreling already conducted the performance of Ammann's "Core" – "Turn" – "Boost" at Lucerne Festival's Summer Festival 2022.
"to an utterance" by Rebecca Saunders was first performed in Lucerne in 2021, when it had its world premiere in the series of the Roche Commissions. The soloist at that time was Nicolas Hodges, who has since performed the work several times throughout Europe and is also playing the piano part here in Hamburg.
In addition to playing at the hightest concentration, lively discussions between the musicians of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) during the breaks are of course also part of any rehearsal.
As we take a peek on stage, we discover lots of interesting small details.
In order for everything to run smoothly on stage and behind the scenes, the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Team with Felix Heri (head), Mark Sattler (dramaturgy), and Lea Arnet (organization), as well as stage managers Emil Bolli and Skye Loerwald have travelled with the orchestra to Hamburg.
Would you like to catch a very special glimpse into our backstage shenanigans? Check out the fabulous Instagram accouunt @lfco_contrabasoon (sic) where you can follow along with one of our contrabassoons as they make their way from Lucerne to Hamburg.
Rehearsals are still in full swing at the Laeiszhalle and anticipation continues to build for tomorrow's concert at the Elbphilharmonie.
Stay tuned to this blog for more insights.