Young Family Concert - Once Around the World

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

Svoboda | Weiss

Sun, 17112


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!


    Ever since it was founded in 2003, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY has provided training to more than 1,000 highly talented young instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from around the world. To date the alumni have included such renowned artists 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 accomplished orchestras,  who perform in chamber music and experimental projects, or who teach at conservatories. A large portion of them remain closely associated with the Festival. Selected former Academy students come back to Lucerne regularly as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. They enrich the programming through performances in the field of contemporary music, in the 40min series, or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG; they are moreover available to provide  help and advice to current Academy students. Supported by the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other in order to execute their own projects around the world. The result is a uniquely international network of young musicians. For their first project together, in the 2013-14 season the Alumni gave four world premieres involving the theme “Music at Risk” in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. During the past summer they participated in another “marathon of premieres” in Lucerne, and in June 2016 an ensemble of Alumni performed as part of the NY Phil Biennial in a three-part concert series, “Ligeti Forward,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was conducted by Alan Gilbert. This year the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s projects include a tour with the Swiss jazz singer  Andreas Schaerer performing his project “The Big Wig.”

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