Special Event Day – Request Concert

Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds


Sun, 01.09. | 11.00 | No. 19401

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Special Event Day – Request Concert

    Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds

    Daniel Dodds  violin and musical direction
    Soloist from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY  
    Eva Oertle  host

    “Request Concert”
    A program to suit your taste

    The issue of power is clearly addressed at this concert. The power to decide for yourself what the Festival Strings Lucerne and Daniel Dodds will perform was up to you! You chose from a list of 20 short, entertaining orchestral pieces in five categories, from Mozart to Piazzolla, by listening beforehand to the playlist here. You were then given an opportunity to cast your vote by 28 August. The Top Five selections, as chosen by the power of the public vote, make up the concert that will be performed on the Special Event Day on 1 September. Through this project, we hope to inject a little basic democracy into musical life – keeping true to the motto: All power comes from the audience. And since every good democracy also includes the protection of minorities, the musicians will be given a “carte blanche” onstage and will proceed in turn to present their wild card. Sometimes the surprises are the loveliest pieces.


    Result of the vote:

    1st Group of Works (two pieces):
    Leonard Bernstein
    Waltzes from Divertimento for Orchestra

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Waltzes from the Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48

    2nd Group of Works:
    Béla Bartók
    Romanian Folk Dances, Sz 68, arranged for strings by Arthur Willner

    3rd Group of Works:
    Edvard Grieg
    Suite From Holberg’s Time, Op. 40

    4th Group of Works: 
    Jean-Baptiste Arban
    The Carnival of Venice for trumpet and strings

    5th Group of Works:
    Astor Piazzolla
    Libertango (arr. Peter von Wienhardt)

    Festival Strings Lucerne

    The Festival Strings Lucerne, which were founded in 1956 by Rudolf Baumgartner and Wolfgang Schneiderhan, maintain an association with LUCERNE FESTIVAL through annual performances. The regular line-up is led by concertmaster and artistic director Daniel Dodds and consists of seventeen string soloists and a harpsichordist, but this can be expanded to a 60-member orchestra capable of performing the symphonic repertoire as well. The Strings have developed a unique sound culture through their use of master instruments from the legendary Cremonese workshops of Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati that are owned by the ensemble as well as through their great performance tradition. From the very beginning, the ensemble’s profile has been shaped by its collaborations with prominent soloists. In the past, they were joined by such figures as Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Pablo Casals, Wilhelm Kempff, and Clara Haskil, while today stars like Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mischa Maisky, Hélène Grimaud, Daniil Trifonov, Rudolf Buchbinder, Martin Grubinger, Vilde Frang, and Renaud and Gautier Capuçon rank among their musical partners. In addition to a concert series of their own in Lucerne, the Festival Strings Lucerne also regularly give concerts abroad: in the 2019-20 season, in addition to three tours in Germany, these will include guest appearances in Italy, Slovenia, and England, as well as a trip with the violinist Midori to Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and Korea. The Strings’ repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. They have premiered more than a hundred works to date, including compositions by Jean Françaix, Frank Martin, Bohuslav Martinů, Iannis Xenakis, and Krzysztof Penderecki. The ensemble regularly releases CDs: most recently, a recording of three Mozart violin concertos with Arabella Steinbacher.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1956 in a program of works by Corelli, Purcell, Bach, and Pergolesi.

    October 2019

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    Daniel Dodds

    The violinist Daniel Dodds, who was born in 1971 to Australian-Chinese parents in Adelaide, left his home in Australia at the age of 17 to continue studying violin with Gunars Larsens at the University of Music in Lucerne. After graduating with distinction, other significant influences included master classes with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli, Nathan Milstein, and Thomas Zehetmair. In 2000 Daniel Dodds was engaged as principal concertmaster by the Festival Strings Lucerne, and since 2012 he has served as Artistic Director of the ensemble, with which he performs all around the world. He is additionally active as a freelance soloist and has most recently performed with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Australian World Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008 Claudio Abbado appointed Dodds to the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, where he has remained a member every summer since. In this context he has also appeared as a chamber musician. He collaborates as guest concertmaster with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Among his partners in the field of chamber music are Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Kolja Blacher, Wolfram Christ, James Galway, Jens Peter Maintz, Herbert Schuch, and Martin Stadtfeld. His repertoire spans from Bach to contemporary composers and includes crossover projects involving jazz, tango, and music of the Far East. In 2012 he released his solo CD Time Transcending, which presents works by composers from Bach to Berio. Dodds, who teaches violin and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik – Luzern, plays the Stradivari “ex Hämmerle – ex Baumgartner” from 1717.

    Since 2000 Daniel Dodds has been an annual guest at LUCERNE FESTIVAL with the Festival Strings Lucerne.

    November 2017

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