Special Event Day – Museum Concert 2

Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Jeffrey Means

Boulez | Rihm | Poppe

Sun, 27.08. | 12.00 | No. 17451

Kunstmuseum Luzern

Vergangenes Konzert

20% discount off three concerts on the Special Event Day – to be purchased by telephone or in writing.

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Special Event Day – Museum Concert 2

    Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Jeffrey Means

    Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY  
    Jeffrey Means  conductor
    Pierre Boulez (1925–2016)
    Initiale for seven brass players
    Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)
    Sine nomine I for five winds
    Enno Poppe (*1969)
    Zug for seven winds

    In 1905 Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály went on the road together in order to systematically research the folk music of southeastern Europe. They made their way to secluded regions and had old peasant women sing them songs their grandmothers had sung and asked goatherds to play the flute and village musicians to play the fiddle. This archaic, unadulterated peasant music, which they heard and recorded in the process, served both composers as a way to renew the musical language and development of a specific identity: “from musical forces that have sprung up from the earth,” as Bartók put it. 
    The Special Event Day Museum Concerts will explore Bartók’s and Kodály’s revolution – and pose the question of what their contemporaries and the ensuing generation made of it. The Romanian George Enescu and the Frenchman Maurice Ravel, for instance, took up their innovations, while Sándor Veress (who was also the teacher of Heinz Holliger), György Ligeti, and György Kurtág initially carried them forward but ultimately freed themselves from the overwhelming influence of their early models. A wide variety of ensembles from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY – from duo and string quartet to wind quintet, brass ensemble, and string orchestra – will present this musical excursion across the Balkans. The centerpiece is a longer concert featuring this summer’s two “artistes étoiles”: the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the cellist Jay Campbell, who will be joined on their program by the Russian pianist Polina Leschenko. Whoever is interested in knowing whether all of this is still of relevance for the young generation of composers can find answers at the opening Composer Seminar workshop concert.

    Jeffrey Means

    The American conductor Jeffrey Means studied percussion and conducting at the New England Conservatory in Boston, which honored him with the John Cage Award and the Tourjee Alumni Award and, when he graduated, the Gunther Schuller Medal. He was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center in 2005. Over the past year, he also acquired significant experiences serving as assistant conductor at the Spoleto Festival and at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, where he collaborated with such conductors as Alan Gilbert, John Kennedy, Susanna Mälkki, and Matthias Pintscher. Means specializes in contemporary music. He is the conductor and artistic director of the ensemble Sound Icon, and his interpretation of Georg Friedrich Haas’s in vain was listed by the Boston Globe as one of the “best contemporary music performances” of 2012. He has moreover conducted many other ensembles in Boston and New York, including the Firebird, Ludovico, and East Coast Contemporary Ensembles; the Callithumpian Consort; Dinosaur Annex; the Talea and Mimesis Ensembles; and the Da Capo Chamber Players. Other engagements have taken him to Finland (the Piano Espoo Festival); France (the Etchings Festival); the Composit New Music Festival in Rieti, Italy; the Fundación Música AntiquaNova in Buenos Aires; and numerous American festivals. Jeffrey Means has worked with such composers as Pierluigi Billone, Pierre Boulez, Jonathan Harvey, Helmut Lachenmann, Tristan Murail, Steve Reich, and Salvatore Sciarrino, conducting multiple American premieres of their works. He is a member of the Conducting Faculty at the Berklee College of Music and taught over the past academic year at the New England Conservatory and the Boston Conservatory as well.

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    When you purchase a minimum of three different Special Event Day concerts, you will receive a discount of 20% on each ticket. You can purchase this package discount by telephone or in writing. All information can be found on the order form.