Participants in the Contemporary-Conducting Program (2022) © Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
Participants in the Contemporary-Conducting Program (2022) © Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Participants in the Contemporary-Conducting Program



Yang Song (*1985)
Heterometric Patterns for 15 musicians in three groups
Kaija Saariaho (1952–2023)
Semafor for eight instruments
Elnaz Seyedi (*1982)
frames II for ensemble
Hannah Kendall (*1984)
shouting forever into the receiver for large ensemble

This concert has no intermission.
The concert is expected to end at 17:20 


Four strong female voices! In Semafor, one of her last scores, the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, who died in 2023, develops a colorful canvas from “obsessive octave sounds” and “glissando screams” that bring to mind “a busy Manhattan intersection at rush hour” (New York Classical Review). You will also get to encounter three female composers of the younger generation. Yang Song from China aims to transfer folk music elements into a contemporary musical language and was inspired by the overtone singing of the Xhosa people in South Africa. Hannah Kendall, a Briton with South American-Caribbean roots, addresses the suffering of the African diaspora by adding walkie-talkies and jukeboxes to the ensemble sound: in addition to Bible verses, we hear well-known melodies by Mozart, Beethoven & Co. that were composed at the time of the plantation systems. Finally, in frames II, Iranian composer Elnaz Seyedi juxtaposes massive tutti chords with chamber music passages in which the performers are given great creative freedom.

Event Venue

Hochschule Luzern – Music, Salquin Concert Hall

Hochschule Luzern – Musik
Konzertsaal «Salquin»
Arsenalstrasse 28a
6010 Luzern-Kriens

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