Young Family Concert - Once Around the World

Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Mike Svoboda et al.

Svoboda | Weiss

Sun, 09.04. | 11.00 | No. 17111


Vergangenes Konzert

Reduced price for youths up to the age of 17.

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Easter Festival

01.04.-09.04. 2017




    Young Family Concert - Once Around the World

    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Mike Svoboda et al.

    narrator and musical director

    Manfred Weiss  text
    Matthias Daenschel  animation
    Johannes Fuchs  dramaturgy
    Christoph Wagner

    consultant (historical documentation in visuals and sound)

    Mike Svoboda (*1960) / Manfred Weiss
    Once Around the World. A musical trip circumnavigation at 78 rpm
    Family Concert for 14 musicians, narrator, record player, and animated film
    world premiere | commissioned by LUCERNE FESTIVAL
    (ages 7 and up)

    Nowadays we like to talk about the “global village” because we eat the exact same hamburgers whether we’re in Berlin or Beijing, London or Lagos, Moscow or Milwaukee; listen to the same music; and watch the same films. But 100 years ago, everything was so different! The trombonist and composer Mike Svoboda shows us how polyphonic the world sounded back then. He follows the (fictitious) explorer Professor Hoggins around the globe, taking us back to times that were thought to have vanished through historical photos and the sounds of old shellac records that will be virtuosically “translated” into our present day by the young musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI – while at the same time preserving their fascinating otherness. A musical journey through space and time for young and old!


    Since its founding in 2003, more than 1,200 instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from all over the world have undergone the training offered by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Its graduates include such artists who have since gone on to achieve renown as the JACK Quartet and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today are members of internationally established orchestras, perform in the area of chamber music, organize experimental projects, or teach at conservatories. Many of them remain closely connected to the Festival. Selected former Academy students regularly return as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI to Lucerne. They enrich the programming with performances in the field of contemporary music, whether in the 40min series or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG, while additionally being on hand to offer help and advice for current Academy students. Supported through the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other to realize their own projects around the world. A unique international network of young musicians has thus emerged. For their first project, in the 2013-14 season, the Alumni presented four world premieres in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne related to the theme “Music at Risk.” Another “marathon of premieres” followed in 2016; in addition, an ensemble of Alumni appeared in the NY Phil Biennial led by Alan Gilbert to give the three-part concert series “Ligeti Forward.” In the past year, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI performed on tour with the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer in his project “The Big Wig.” Most recently, they gave two concerts in January 2018 in New York City, combining music by Frank Zappa with works of Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varèse, Olga Neuwirth, Tyshawn Sorey, and John Zorn.

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s first performance at LUCERNE FESTIVAL was on 3 September 2014 with the “Music at Risk” project, presenting works by Dai Fujikura, Judd Greenstein, Jagoda Szmytka, and Ying Wang.

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