Bamberg Symphony

Bamberger Symphoniker | Jakub Hrůša | Angel Blue

Wagner | Mahler

Sat, 10.09. | 18.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

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    Bamberg Symphony

    Bamberger Symphoniker | Jakub Hrůša | Angel Blue

    Jakub Hrůša  conductor
    Angel Blue  soprano
    Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
    Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
    Alma Mahler (1879–1964)
    selected lieder
    Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 4 in G major

    Bamberger Symphoniker

    The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 75th birthday in 2021. It was founded in the spring of 1946, when former members of Prague’s German Philharmonic Orchestra
    reunited in the historic city on the Regnitz River to form a new orchestra. The first principal conductor was Joseph Keilberth, who led the Bambergers until his death in 1968; he was followed by Eugen Jochum, James Loughran, and Horst Stein; Jonathan Nott took over artistic responsibility in January 2000 for 16 years. Jakub Hrůsa has been at the helm of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra since the 2016-17 season. Alongside him, Herbert Blomstedt and Christoph Eschenbach hold prominent positions as honorary conductors. In the course of its history, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has given more than 7,000 concerts in over 60 countries. They have performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC Proms in London, and New York’s Lincoln Center and have toured to North America, China, Japan, and Taiwan. Hrůsa is building a wide repertoire with the musicians, accentuating Czech composers and hearkening back to the orchestra’s historical roots. Since 2014, the Encore Project has been commissioning contemporary composers to write “popular” pieces. The Bambergers are moreover active supporters of the emerging generation: they have hosted the Mahler Conducting Competition since 2004 and, since 2010, have had an in-house orchestra academy. The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has earned numerous awards for its recordings; in 2020, it received the Bavarian State Prize for Music.

    Lucerne Festival debut in the summer of 2007, when “artiste étoile” Jonathan Nott conducted his orchestra in three concerts; the Bambergers performed here most recently on 26 August 2015 in Verdi’s Falstaff, again under Nott.

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    Jakub Hrůša

    Jakub Hrůša, who was born in 1981 in Brno in the current Czech Republic, studied conducting with Jiří Bělohlávek and others at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in 2005 with the Prague Philharmonia, which he led as Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2015. In opera realm, he first attracted attention at Glyndebourne on Tour, where he held the post of Music Director from 2010 to 2013. This was followed by invitations to the Vienna Staatsoper and Zurich Opera (with Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair), the Opéra national de Paris (with Dvořák’s Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (with Puccini’s Il trittico), and the Royal Opera House in London (with Bizet’s Carmen). Since 2016, Hrůša has been at the helm of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He was associated with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor from 2010 to 2018; currently, he holds this position with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent seasons, Hrůša has introduced himself on the podium of many top international orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2018; these were followed in 2019 by his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic. Hrůša’s recordings with the Bamberg Symphony include a four-part Brahms-Dvořák cycle. His CD with piano concertos by Dvořák and Martinů, as well as a recording of Barber’s Vanessa from Glyndebourne, won the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2020. Jakub Hrůša is president of the International Martinů Circle and the Dvořák Society. In 2015 he received the inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 27 August 2019, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a
    program of works by Mozart, Schumann, and Mendelssohn.

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