Lucerne Festival Orchestra 5

Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Jakub Hrůša | Augustin Hadelich

Suk | Dvořák

Fri, 19.08. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

08.08.-11.09. 2022




    Lucerne Festival Orchestra 5

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Jakub Hrůša | Augustin Hadelich

    Jakub Hrůša  conductor
    Josef Suk (1874–1935)
    Scherzo fantastique, Op. 25
    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
    Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 From the New World

    “The Americans expect great things from me,” wrote Antonín Dvořák when he was appointed director of the New York-based Conservatory of Music in 1892. He of all people, who clearly identified as Czech, was expected to do no more and no less than to compose the first true “American” symphony. And Dvořák found the key to success: “diversity” was his formula. And so he had spirituals, plantation songs from the Southern states, and Native American melodies performed for him and integrated these new musical experiences into his famous Ninth, the Symphony from the New World. Jakub Hrůša, who made his triumphant debut leading the Lucerne Festival Orchestra last summer in Dvořák’s Sixth, will conduct this multicultural milestone. Before that, he will perform another treasure from Dvořák’s ouput: the enchanting Violin Concerto. German-American violinist and Grammy Award winner Augustin Hadelich, who combines impeccable technique with soulful tone, will perform the solo part; Hadelich received the coveted Opus Klassik Award in 2019 for his account of this work, which he recorded with Hrůša.

    Short Introduction: Antonín Dvořák - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (in German)

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra

    The summer of 2003 saw the birth of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which was founded by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. They established a link with the legendary “elite orchestra” for which Arturo Toscanini assembled acclaimed virtuosos of his time into a magnificent ensemble in 1938, the year of the Festival’s founding. Abbado served as Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra up until his death in January 2014. He was succeeded in 2016 by Riccardo Chailly, who has since extended his contract until 2026. Guest conductors have included Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Herbert Blomstedt, and Jakub Hrůša. The orchestra comprises internationally renowned soloists, chamber musicians, and music professors, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. It performs several symphony concerts during the Summer Festival and, starting in 2022, a three-day music festival in the spring. Many of these performances have been broadcast on television and are available on DVD or CD, receiving such prizes as the Diapason d’or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most recent release, from the fall of 2021, is a DVD of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, with Martha Argerich as the soloist, and the Second and Third Symphonies, all led by Herbert Blomstedt. Guest appearances have taken the orchestra to numerous European musical capitals, as well as to New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai.

    The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has been performing annually at the Summer Festival since its first appearance in 2003.

    March 2022

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    Jakub Hrůša

    Jakub Hrůša, who was born in 1981 in Brno in the current Czech Republic, studied conducting with Jiří Bělohlávek and others at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in 2005 with the Prague Philharmonia, which he led as Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2015. In opera realm, he first attracted attention at Glyndebourne on Tour, where he held the post of Music Director from 2010 to 2013. This was followed by invitations to the Vienna Staatsoper and Zurich Opera (with Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair), the Opéra national de Paris (with Dvořák’s Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (with Puccini’s Il trittico), and the Royal Opera House in London (with Bizet’s Carmen). Since 2016, Hrůša has been at the helm of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He was associated with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor from 2010 to 2018; currently, he holds this position with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent seasons, Hrůša has introduced himself on the podium of many top international orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2018; these were followed in 2019 by his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic. Hrůša’s recordings with the Bamberg Symphony include a four-part Brahms-Dvořák cycle. His CD with piano concertos by Dvořák and Martinů, as well as a recording of Barber’s Vanessa from Glyndebourne, won the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2020. Jakub Hrůša is president of the International Martinů Circle and the Dvořák Society. In 2015 he received the inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 27 August 2019, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a
    program of works by Mozart, Schumann, and Mendelssohn.

    July 2021

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    Augustin Hadelich

    Introduction to the Concert | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    with Susanne Stähr (in German)

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