Late Night 2

Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Steven Verhaert | Reinhold Friedrich

Khachaturian, Ravel, Massenet et al.

Sat, 16337

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016




    Late Night 2

    Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Steven Verhaert | Reinhold Friedrich

    Steven Verhaert  conductor
    Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978)
    Overture to the incidental music for The Widow of Valencia
    Maurice Ravel et al.
    Suite from the ballet L’éventail de Jeanne
    Jules Massenet (1842–1912)
    Suite aus der Oper Cendrillon
    Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
    Suite from María de Buenos Aires
    Frank Proto (*1941)
    A Carmen Fantasy for trumpet and British Brass Band
    George Gershwin (1898–1937)
    Rhapsody in Blue
    All the world becomes a stage in this Late Night concert with the Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA – a stage revolving around female figures. These fabulous brass players introduce a mysterious widow from Valencia as depicted by the Russian composer Aram Khachaturian from the comedy of the same name by the Spanish Baroque writer Lope de Vega. They’ll also recount the fate of the poor Cinderella in the operatic version by Jules Massenet, seduce us with a fantasy from Bizet’s Carmen, and pay homage to the Parisian patroness Jeanne Dubost, who ran a ballet school and who asked ten of her composer friends to contribute a piece to a lively, witty ballet of her young female students. We also make a detour to an Argentine tango bar where couples dance to the strains of Astor Piazzolla and end with the perfect, swinging “final dance”: George Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue.

    Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

    The Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA brings together the brass musicians of the elite orchestra founded in 2003 by Claudio Abbado and Michael Haef-liger into a permanent ensemble of its own to perform music from the Renaissance to the present. The Ensemble’s guiding spirit is the trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich, who is also responsible for the unconventional dramaturgy of their programming. He frequently designs programs with works that revolve around the given theme for the current festival year, whether “Nature,” “Eros,” “Night,” “Faith” or “Psyche.” They also present compositions that are designed as spatial music. The repertoire of the Brass Ensemble begins with the period of early polyphony; it explores Venetian polychorality and ranges from the Classical and Romantic eras into the 20th century and to such contemporary composers as Sofia Gubaidulina, Wolfgang Rihm, Galina Ustvolskaja, and Einojuhani Rautavaara. They also perform well-known piano and orchestral works in arrangements that are frequently prepared for the Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. The size of the Ensemble varies in accordance with the requirements of the works in question and can range from solo or duo players up to the full strength of a brass band. The musicians frequently join forces with other members of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, particularly with the percussion section. Besides its regular festival performances, the Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA last year added a seasonal and locally unrelated series of concerts and also presents its programs on many European stages. In autumn 2013 the Brass Ensemble released its first CD, which contains works by Modest Mussorgsky.

    Since 2009 the Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL OrCHESTRA has been performing annually at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer.

    August 2014

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    Steven Verhaert

    The Belgian trumpeter, arranger, and conductor Steven Verhaert was born in 1969 in the Flemish community of Aartselaar, Belgium. He began studying his instrument in the trumpet class of Manu Mellaerts at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, and later moved to the Music Academy in Karlsruhe to study with Reinhold Friedrich, graduating from there in 1996 with an artist’s diploma. Verhaert has been a trumpeter in the Royal Flemish Philharmonic since 1995; he also regularly performs as a guest artist with other acclaimed orchestras and has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Har-ding, Hugh Wolff, Pierre Boulez, and Philippe Herreweghe. As a cofounder of the Belgain Ottone Brass Quintet, he performs a wide chamber music repertoire. Verhaert teaches trumpet and brass orchestra at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp; he moreover has a teaching position in chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main. An essential part of his work is arranging well-known musical pieces, many of which are intended for brass band: from the Baroque to modernist classics, from large orchestral works to tango and chanson. Verhaert has been commissioned to write arrangements for such ensembles as the Belgian Brass, the hr-Brass, and the brass ensembles of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Bayreuth Festival. Not least, Verhaert performs as a conductor and has led such ensembles as the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Solisti del Vento, the hr-Brass, and various other brass bands and wind ensembles.

    August 2014

    Reinhold Friedrich

    Reinhold Friedrich began his career as principal trumpeter with the RSO Frankfurt. After winning the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1986, he began performing around the world and has concertized with the Berlin Baroque Soloists, La Stagione Frankfurt, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the DSO Berlin. He enjoyed a close partnership with Claudio Abbado, who named him principal trumpet of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA in 2003. Friedrich, who has also mastered playing the period instrument keyed trumpet, is equally dedicated to early and contemporary music and has given the world premieres of works by Wolfgang Rihm, Hans Werner Henze, Rebecca Saunders, and Adriana Hölszky. His recordings have twice been awarded the ECHO Klassik. He has served as Professor of Trumpet at the Karlsruhe Academy of Music since 1989.

    Juni 2015