Symphony Concert 8 ─ CANCELLED

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | CBSO Youth Chorus | Thomas Adès | Piotr Anderszewski

Barber | Bartók | Holst

Mon, 24.08. | 19.30 | No. 20321

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Symphony Concert 8 ─ CANCELLED

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | CBSO Youth Chorus | Thomas Adès | Piotr Anderszewski

    CBSO Youth Chorus  
    Thomas Adès  conductor
    Samuel Barber (1910–1981)
    Adagio for Strings
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3, Sz. 119
    Gustav Holst (1874–1934)
    The Planets, Op. 32

    “I know that music!” many will say to themselves when the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra perform The Planets. Few classical works have been as exploited as this “extraterrestrial” orchestral suite by the British composer Gustav Holst. His famous score has inspired the soundtracks to such films as Star Wars and Batman. Musicians from other genres – like Frank Zappa, Sarah Brightman, and Manfred Mann – have adapted its melodies. But have you ever experienced the complete original live, with its huge line-up of performers (including women’s choir)? And The Planets even has a connection to our summer theme of "Joy": the fourth movement, “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity,” sets off veritable fireworks of exuberance. That effect will be all the more powerful since the program kicks off with the tragic pathos of Barber’s Adagio for Strings, followed by Bartók’s poignant Third Piano Concerto, with the Polish poet of the keyboard Piotr Anderszewski as the soloist. The Concerto is a swan song to the beauty of this world that Bartók wrote shortly before his death.

    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Will Not Be Conducting
    The conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is expecting her second child this summer. As a result, she will be unable to appear at LUCERNE FESTIVAL and to fulfill her role as “artiste étoile.” However, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will perform as scheduled, on 23 and 24 August 2020. We are grateful to Thomas Adès for taking on the second of these two concerts as guest conductor. The Late Night 3 program for 29 August 2020, originally scheduled with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, will be cancelled without substitution.

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    Founded in 1920, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) was introduced to the public with a concert conducted by the composer Edward Elgar. Such chief conductors as Adrian Boult, George Weldon, Andrzej Panufnik, and Louis Frémaux built up the orchestra’s profile, but it was especially Simon Rattle who led the CBSO to become a first-class international ensemble during his 18-year tenure (1980–98), enhancing its worldwide reputation. He was succeeded in the office of Music Director by the Finn Sakari Oramo (1998–2008) and the Latvian Andris Nelsons (2008–15); taking the reins in 2016, the young Lithuanian Maestra Mirga Gražinytė-
    Tyla became the first woman to helm the CBSO. In the 2018-19 season, she will lead the orchestra in “The Baltic Way,” a project of 23 concerts featuring Baltic music to mark the centennial of the founding of the Baltic states. Kazuki Yamada will take up his position as the new Principal Guest Conductor, and Gidon Kremer will perform as artist-in-residence. The CBSO gives about 150 concerts annually. In addition to its classical programs, it presents the popular Friday Night Classics series, with excursions into film and pop music, as well as a comprehensive educational and performance program which the musicians offer in socially disadvantaged areas. Also included within the CBSO family are six choruses; the CBSO Youth Orchestra, which gathers the best young musicians from the East and West Midlands; and a large number of chamber ensembles. The CBSO is a regular guest at the BBC Proms in London and at the Aldeburgh Festival; as part of its current European tour, it will also perform at the Edinburgh Festival. The orchestra, which won the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award in 2011, has released more than 200 recordings, many of which have won prestigious awards.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 8 September 1996 in works by Berlioz, Beethoven, Tippett, and Haydn under Simon Rattle.

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    July 2018

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    Thomas Adès

    Piotr Anderszewski

    Piotr Anderszewski, who was born in 1969 in Warsaw, comes from a Polish-Hungarian family. He began taking his first piano lessons at the age of six; later, he studied at the Chopin Academy in his native city, at the Strasbourg and Lyon Conservatories, and at the University of Southern California. He found important artistic inspiration in courses with Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, and Leon Fleisher. With his debut at Wigmore Hall in London in 1991, Anderszewski launched his international career, which has taken him to all of the leading international concert halls and to such orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. His schedule for the 2018-19 season includes performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; additionally, he is artist-in-residence with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. He will give recitals at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, as well as in Munich, New York, and San Francisco, and he also tours Europe with the Belcea Quartet. Anderszewski has received numerous distinctions for his recordings, including the Gramophone Award, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, and the BBC Music Magazine Award. His most recent release, which appeared at the beginning of 2018, is an account of Mozart concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The Canadian director Bruno Monsaingeon has filmed several documentaries about Anderszewski; in 2016 Anderszewski himself directed the film Je m’appelle Varsovie, which centers around his hometown Warsaw. Piotr Anderszewski is a recipient of the Szymanowski Prize and the Gilmore Artist Award; he was awarded the Polonia Restituta Medal in 2015.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 September 2001 playing works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Karol Szymanowski.

    October 2018

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    Concert Introduction (in German) | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    with Susanne Stähr