Life Is Live

14.08. - 23.08.2020

Live Is Life

14 – 23 August 2020

Finally, music returns! “Life Is Live” is the name of the set of programs that LUCERNE FESTIVAL is offering in the summer of 2020 over a ten-day period in August. After the coronavirus closure, we return to the public eye with this short festival.

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5x Beethoven

The beginning and end of this festival are devoted to the composer whose anniversary is being celebrated this year. For the opening, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA will perform two Beethoven evenings with Martha Argerich and Herbert Blomstedt and will also play Beethoven’s lively Op. 20 Septet. Igor Levit’s solo performances will provide a sensational finale. In the third round of his Lucerne cycle of the Beethoven sonatas, Levit interprets the “Pathétique,” “Moonlight," and “Tempest” Sonatas among others.

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Martha Argerich © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Cecila Bartoli © KristianSchuller

From the Baroque to Today

Life is not only live but full of color. So our Festival program is appropriately wide-ranging. Cecilia Bartoli sings Baroque hits and rarities by Handel & Co. The young Swiss tenor Mauro Peter focuses on the two best-known song cycles by Robert Schumann. The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI will present contemporary scores. The saxophonist Valentine Michaud, winner of the 2020 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, will bring you discoveries featuring her instrument, the saxophone. And more ...

All Summer 2020 concerts

Sound Installation featuring the Bells of Lucerne

They are the largest instrument in the city and shape its sound: Lucerne’s magnificent church bells. The Swiss percussionist and composer Peter Conradin Zumthor has chosen these bells as the main protagonist of a sound installation titled “Luzerner Glocken – con sordino.” It involves an immersive evening walk from the Jesuitenkirche to the Hofkirche St. Leodegar.

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Jesuitenkirche Luzern
In the Streets

“In the Streets”

We couldn’t forego this popular world music festival within the festival during our special summer. Four music groups will expand our horizons over a five-day period: from Wednesday to Sunday, with open-air concerts in front of the KKL and on the Jesuitenplatz and Kornmarkt. For this year’s edition, we have invited the singer Fatoumata Dembélé, the Biel-based quartet Mirakolo and the trio JMO.

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NZZ Podium “The Coronavirus Era”

How have we fared in this crisis? What have we experienced, and what have we gained from it? Are we or will we be compelled to change something? And how can we go on? A NZZ Podium panel discussion (in German) with prominent guests asks the right questions and seeks additional answers.

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja © ManuelaJans/LUCERNE FESTIVAL


To help make the wait until August go by faster, we’ve put together several new digital features for you, including live chats, video streams, and a online concert series for children – just have a look. And above all: join in! You can ask us what you always wanted to know about music or share your finest moment(s) at the Festival with us.


Our Plan to Protect Health

So that you can enjoy your concert visit worry-free, we have worked with the KKL Luzern to develop a plan to safeguard health. All events will therefore take place with a limited number of attendees so as to maintain the health and safe-distancing regulations. Additionally, all programs will be played without intermission. (In German only)

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© Patrick Hürlimann/Lucerne Festival

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