Special Event Day – Concert 4



Sun, 16422

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016



    Elena Schwarz  conductor
    Della Miles  blues singer
    Lucas Niggli  percussion
    Markus Noisternig  sound design and live electronics
    (Lost Highway Suite)
    Maxime Le Saux  sound design
    (Lost Highway Suite)
    Olga Neuwirth (*1968)
    miramondo multiplo … Sound installation
    Lost Highway Suite for six instrumental soloists and ensemble
    Eleanor Suite for Blues Singer, Drum kit, Samples and Ensemble (2006/2014)
    Swiss premieres
    Composer-in-residence Olga Neuwirth briefly studied film. So it’s no surprise that you can find cinematographic techniques of cutting in her works, not to mention specific models: together with Elfriede Jelinek she adapted David Lynch’s psycho-trip film Lost Highway for the operatic stage, capturing the essence of that score in a suite. Neuwirth’s Eleanor, which she completed shortly after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, meanwhile confronts racism and violence. At the center are “the many forgotten female Afro-American jazz musicians ‘when men ruled beat’” – headed by Billie Holliday, whose given name was Eleanor Harris. Naturally this fourth concert of the Special Event Day in Lucerne will be led by a woman: the young Austrian-Swiss conductor Elena Schwarz. The concert will be accompanied by the sound installation … miramondo multiplo …, which is being exhibited throughout the Festival daily in the KKL Luzern foyer, from 10.00 until the beginning of the concert.


    It was in the summer of 2004, that Pierre Boulez and Michael Haefliger founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY – thus establishing an educational campus devoted exclusively to new music. Every summer since then, some 130 young, highly gifted musicians from all around the world are given the opportunity to study contemporary scores and modernist classics in detail through daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons and then to present their insights in performance. Serving as instructors are members of the Ensemble intercontemporain from Paris, one of the most renowned ensembles in the field of contemporary music. Besides the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra, in which all of the students are consolidated, various additional ensembles join together to present their own concert programs. Individual artistic initiative is also encouraged, such as in the series titled LUCERNE FESTIVAL 40min, LUCERNE FESTIVAL Lounge, and at the Buvette, in which Academy participants present projects they have developed on their own. It’s not only instrumentalists who benefit from the Academy’s praxis-oriented training – the institution is also a prime choice for conductors and composers. Each year offers a master class in conducting; in 2014 it will be led by Heinz Holliger, who will initiate participants into the secrets of the métier with works of Claude Debussy and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. In addition to that commissions are given to young composers. In the summer of 2014, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY presents a focus on vocal symphonic music with its performance of Luciano Berio’s Coro and is therefore expanding its training mandate to 40 highly talented young singers. Selected members of the newly formed LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Chorus will also have an opportunity to take a master class in voice with “artiste étoile” Barbara Hannigan.

    February 2014

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    Elena Schwarz

    The Australian-Swiss conductor Elena Schwarz, who was born in 1985 in Lugano, studied with Arturo Tamayo at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and with Laurent Gay in Geneva, taking master classes with such figures as Neeme Järvi, Peter Eötvös, and Matthias Pintscher. In the spring of 2016 she was among the active participants in Bernard Haitink’s master class at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, in connection with which she conducted the Festival Strings Lucerne. As a scholarship holder of the Australian Conductor Development Program, she works with the Tasmanian Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra. She won the Princess Astrid Competition in Norway in 2014 and second prize at the Jorma Panula Competition in Vaasa in 2015 and has performed at the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, the MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin, the Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, and the Voix Nouvelles in Royaument.

    August 2016

    Della Miles

    The American singer and songwriter Della Miles was a child when she discovered her passion for music, garnering important experiences in a variety of gospel choirs and at her parents’ club in Houston, Texas. Before she began her solo career, she worked with such figures as Stevie Wonder, Marla Glenn, Joshua Kadison, and especially Whitney Houston, with whom she toured around the world for four years, from 1997 to 2001. In Los Angeles she had previously undertaken the title role in the Michael Jackson musical Sisterella. She has likewise toured with Marius Müller-Westernhagen; he also produced Simple Days, the album she released after her debut CD Follow Me. At the Komische Oper Berlin in 2012, Della Miles created the role of Eleanor in the world premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s opera American Lulu, which she has also performed at the Theater an der Wien.

    August 2016

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    Lucas Niggli

    The drum-player and percussionist Lucas Niggli, who was born in 1968 in Cameroon, works on the borderlines of improvised and composed music. He has undertaken concert tours around the globe and to numerous renowned festivals, with musical partners that have included/include Tim Berne, John Cale, Pierre Favre, Flea, Fred Frith, Barry Guy, Elliott Sharp, Erika Stucky, Michael Wertmüller, Xu Fengxia, and Peter Conradin Zumthor. He performs in a duo with the singer Andreas Schaerer and in a trio with Luciano Biondini and Michel Godard. Together with Marino Pliakas and Dominik Blum he has formed the trio Steamboat Switzerland since 1995 and, with Aly Keïta and Jan Galega Brönnimann, the ensemble Kalo Yele. Niggli’s discography numbers 50 CDs, including 17 albums as leader and composer. A teacher at the University of the Arts in Zurich, Niggli is also active as a producer of concerts and festivals.

    August 2016

    All is at family-friendly prices: no concert costs more than 50 CHF, and if you reserve tickets for a minimum of three performances you’ll also get a discount of 20% and a free ticket for your children. See Order Form

    Young Family Concert | 11.00 and 14.30
    Vier gewinnt. A staged concert with music by MendelssohnSchubertDebussy, et al.

    Special Event Day – Concert 1 | 11.00
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    Šerkšnytė De profundis | Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 Pastoral

    Special Event Day – Concert 2 | 13.00
    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Konstantia Gourzi
    works by XenakisNørgårdGourzi, and Ligeti

    Special Event Day – Concert 3 | 14.30
    Festival Strings Lucerne | Arabella Steinbacher
    Vivaldi The Four Seasons | Dvořák Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

    Special Event Day – Concert 4 | 16.00
    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Elena Schwarz | Della Miles
    Neuwirth … miramondo multiplo … (sound installation) | Lost Highway Suite | Eleanor

    Special Event Day – Panel | 17.30
    Konstantia Gourzi | Michael Haefliger | Gabriela Kaegi
    “Women on the Podium! The End of a Male Preserve?”

    Special Event Day – Concert 5 | 18.30
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Anu Tali | Yulianna Avdeeva
    works by TubinChopin, and Prokofiev

    Special Event Day – Concert 6 | 20.00
    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Maria Schneider
    Schneider Winter Morning Walks | Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories