Emmanuelle Haïm, Teodor Currentzis, Riccardo Chailly and the Filarmonica della Scala, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Iván Fischer and Bernard Haitink: these classical music stars will ensure a spectacular opening to the Festival year.
She made her LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. Emmanuelle Haïm, the charismatic conductor, harpsichordist, and organist from France, has long been a regular guest with the world’s great orchestras. Now she returns to Lucerne as artist-in-residence at the 2019 Easter Festival. She will perform spectacular Baroque music by Handel and others and will lead her ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée, which is acclaimed for its elegant playing and vivacity.
Sacred music sets the tone at the Easter Festival. Half of the concerts take place in Lucerne’s beautiful churches, providing an atmospheric setting for spiritually inspired scores. The repertoire covered ranges widely, covering choral singing from Gregorian chant to the present day, and offers many discoveries. Among the performers will be the legendary French boys’ choir, the Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois, who will sing at the opening concert.
A little over a month before the start of the Easter Festival, on 4 March 2019, Bernard Haitink will celebrate his 90th birthday: a milestone that is cause for celebration! What finer way to do just that than to hear him in concert? The Dutch maestro will conduct works by two composers who are particularly close to his heart: Mozart and Bruckner. Through the gathered experience of more than six decades on the podium, he knows exactly what matters, bringing the most complex scores to life lucidity and precision: a revelation.
Bring youngsters to the concert for free
What could be lovelier than introducing young listeners to the enchanting world of classical music? When purchasing a ticket adults will receive two free tickets of the same value to bring their young companions (children, grandchildren, godchildren, etc.) to the concert for free.