Late Night 1

Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Steven Verhaert | String soloists

Bach | Mendelssohn | Strauss

Sat, 15.08. | 22.00 | No. 20304

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

14.08.-13.09. 2020

 

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    Late Night 1

    Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Steven Verhaert | String soloists

    Steven Verhaert  conductor
    String soloists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA  
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Shout for Joy from the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 
    arranged for brass ensemble by Steven Verhaert
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
    Octet in E flat major for four violins, two violas and two violoncellos, Op. 20
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    “Allegro con brio” from the Sonatina No. 2 in E-flat major for 16 winds The Cheerful Workshop
    Arranged for brass ensemble by Steven Verhaert

    It’s not just Christmas music … J.S. Bach originally wrote the opening chorus of his Christmas Oratorio, the famous Shout for Joy (“Jauchzet, frohlocket”), as a secular birthday greeting for the Saxon Electress Maria Josepha in 1733, setting the words “Tönet, ihr Pauken! (“Resound, ye drums!”). Not until the following year did he reuse this music to celebrate the nativity of Christ. So why not play it in the summer? Especially as its joyful character could hardly be better suited to the theme of this year’s Festival. The Brass Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA asked Steven Verhaert to come up with a peppy arrangement. He also crafted an arrangement of the woodwind sonatina The Cheerful Workshop, which Richard Strauss wrote in 1944-45, evoking a demonstratively cheerful soundscape (in marked contrast to the grimness of the period). The 16-year-old Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet, performed by eight string soloists from the orchestra, is the epitome of “happy music.” Mendelssohn’s youthful stroke of genius is a musical expression of the joy of life – and therefore could not be left off this Late Night program, in which the sparks of joy will flicker!

    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.

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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.

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