40min 2

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Jakub Hrůša

“Time for Romanticism"

Mon, 26.08.18.20

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Free admission


Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019

 

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    Jakub Hrůša  conductor

    “Time for Romanticism – with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra”

    A way to make classical music straightforward: When the workday is over but the evening has not quite begun – there’s time for music then. More exactly: for 40 minutes of music. Always at 18.20, before the “big event” symphony concerts, selected Festival artists are presented in the 40min series. Admission is free, there’s no dress code, and prior knowledge is unnecessary. For the artists not only make music but also take on the role of host and talk about what they’re playing and why they play it the way they do. Have a taste!

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was founded in 1997 by former members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Today some 45 musicians from 20 nations form the core of this independently financed ensemble, which performs about 180 concerts each year and has appeared on five continents over the past two decades. In addition to co-founder Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding has had lasting influence on the development of the MCO; after eight years as its leader, he was named Conductor Laureate for Life in 2011. Today the MCO collaborates with a network of “artistic partners” together with whom it realizes joint projects over the course of several seasons. At present these include the pianist Mitsuko Uchida, the violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and the conductor Teodor Currentzis. The Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes also plays an important role: the MCO performed and recorded the award-winning project Beethoven Journey with him several years ago, which included the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos. From 2019 to 2022, they will once again collaborate in exploring Mozart’s great Viennese piano concertos and his chamber music, which they will perform live and record; the project is titled Mozart Momentum 1785-1786. The MCO toured earlier in 2019 with Daniel Harding to the Adelaide Festival in Australia and to Tokyo and Shanghai. As the resident orchestra of the Heidelberger Frühling, it has performed Manuel de Falla with Pablo Heras-Casado on the podium. And the ensemble has also interpreted Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem under Teodor Currentzis in concerts in Germany and Russia. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra is a regular guest at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, where its members participate in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. The MCO has released numerous recordings that have won such distinctions as the Grammy Award and the Diapason d’or.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 8 September 1999 in a program of works by Mozart and Beethoven conducted by Kurt Masur.

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at: http://www.mahlerchamber.com

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    Jakub Hrůša

    Jakub Hrůša, who was born in 1981 in Brno in the Czech Republic, studied conducting with Jiří Bělohlávek at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in 2005 with the Prague Philharmonia, where he was Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2015. In the opera world, he first came to notice as Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour, which post he held for three years (from 2010 to 2013). This soon led to invitations to the Vienna Staatsoper (Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair), the Opéra national de Paris (Dvořák’s Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (Puccini’s Il trittico), and the Royal Opera House in London (Bizet’s Carmen). Since 2016, Hrůša has helmed the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; after only two years, his contract was extended to 2026. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2018 and is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Czech Philharmonic. Hrůša has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras in recent seasons, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018-19 season, he made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. He is currently recording a four-part Brahms-Dvořák cycle with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Jakub Hrůša is Chairman of the International Martinů Circle and of the Dvořák Society. He was awarded the inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Prize in 2015.

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