Symphony Concert 30

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | Omer Meir Wellber | Gidon Kremer

Dvořák | Bartók

Sat, 15.09. | 16.30 | No. 18356

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 30

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | Omer Meir Wellber | Gidon Kremer

    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Othello. Concert Ouverture, Op. 93
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1, Sz. 36
    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 From the New World

    At the beginning of the 1890s, Antonín Dvořák became an obstetrician, so to speak. Ironic that he, a Czech, should be the one to explore what an authentically American musical language should sound like. It was for this purpose that he was assigned to head the new National Conservatory of Music in New York, where he taught composition and worked with the Conservatory Orchestra. But Dvořák also immersed himself in the folk music heritage that he discovered in the United States. He had African-American spirituals sung to him and studied the melodies of Native Americans. All of what he learned flowed into his most-famous symphony, the Ninth, which is nicknamed From the New World. And the fact that it sounds at times more Bohemian – what does that matter? For music is indeed a universal language, as will be proved in this concert by a British orchestra with the Latvian star violinist Gidon Kremer and the young conductor Omer Meir Wellber.

    Radio SRF2 Kultur will record this concert and broadcast it on 24 January 2019, starting at 20:00 (Lucerne time) as part of its “Im Konzertsaal” (“In the Concert Hall”) program. 

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.

    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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    Omer Meir Wellber

    Omer Meir Wellber, who was born in 1981 in Israel, began playing accordion and piano when he was five. He started taking composition lessons at the age of ten, later studying this discipline under Michael Wolpe. From 2000 to 2008 he continued his education with a scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, where he also acquired his training in conducting. It was during this period that he began conducting the Israeli Sinfonietta, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and the Jerusalem and Haifa Symphony Orchestras. He made his debuts with New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv in 2005 and with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. Wellber was appointed as Daniel Barenboim’s assistant at the Staatsoper Berlin and La Scala in Milan in 2008; he soon went on to conduct the orchestras of both companies himself, also garnering invitations to such other acclaimed stages as the Dresden Semperoper and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. From 2010 to 2014, Wellber was Music Director at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, and starting with the 2018-19 season he will become First Guest Conductor at Dresden Semperoper. He was engaged to conduct a Verdi trilogy at the Wiener Festwochen from 2011 to 2013 (Rigoletto, Il trovatore, and La traviata), and he also led a new production of Aida at the Arena di Verona. In 2015 Wellber made his debut with Boito’s Mefistofele at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where he was subsequently engaged for Giordano’s Andrea Chenier (2017) and Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes (2018) as well. In the concert hall, Omer Meir Wellber has worked with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Bavarian Staatsorchester, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

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    Gidon Kremer

    Gidon Kremer, who was born in 1947 in Riga in present-day Republic of Latvia, began his violin training at the age of four, becoming a master pupil of David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory in 1965. He won such important distinctions during his youth as the Premio Paganini in Genua (1969) and the International Tchai-kovsky Competition in Moscow (1970). Gidon Kremer has concertized with the most acclaimed orchestras in Europe and the United States, and his performances have established interpretive standards. Along with the great works of the Classical and Romantic eras, the violinist’s repertoire includes a series of scores from the 20th and 21st centuries. With these he has dedicated his artistry intensively to such composers as Arvo Pärt, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Edison Denisov, Mieczysław Weinberg, Luigi Nono, and Aribert Reimann. In 1981 Kremer established a chamber music festival in Lockenhaus, Austria, which he led for thirty years, until 2011. In 1996 he founded the Kremerata Baltica, a chamber orchestra that without exception comprises young Baltic musicians and with whom he regularly tours to international stages and to the major festivals. Kremer has released more than 120 recordings, which have garnered such awards as the German Record Critics’ Prize, the Grand Prix du Disque, and the Grammy Award. He has additionally published several books on music and his life; most recently, in 2013, his Briefe an eine junge Pianistin came out. Kremer has been rewarded numerous distinctions for his achievements, such as the Unesco Prize, the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, the Frankfurt Music Prize, the Premio dell’Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the Saeculum Music Prize. In 2016 he received Japan’s Praemium Imperiale, which includes a cash award of 130,000 Euros. Gidon Kremer plays a violin built by Nicola Amati in 1641.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 20 August 1999 playing Kancheli’s Lament with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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