Special Event Day – Concert 2

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Konstantia Gourzi

Xenakis | Nørgård | Gourzi | Ligeti

Sun, 16310

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016




    Special Event Day – Concert 2

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Konstantia Gourzi

    Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001)
    Le Sacrifice from Anastenaria for Orchestra
    Per Nørgård (*1932)
    Voyage into the Golden Screen for Orchestra
    Konstantia Gourzi (*1962)
    Ny-él, two Angels in the White Garden for Orchestra
    World premiere | commissioned by LUCERNE FESTIVAL
    György Ligeti (1923–2006)
    Concert Românesc

    The Greek musician Konstantia Gourzi is doubly talented and has found equal success as a composer and conductor. For her debut conducting the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY she will also premiere a brand-new orchestral work of her own. Her program juxtaposes this piece with three musical positions from the 1950s and ʼ60s. Gourzi’s fellow Greek Iannis Xenakis evokes an archaic ritual sacrifice in Le Sacrifice, the second part of his orchestral triptych Anastenaria. The Danish Per Nørgård meanwhile explores infinity through trancelike sounds, and György Ligeti follows in the footsteps of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály in his “Romanian Concerto,” a sparkling early work that uses a wide variety of folk melodies Ligeti heard as a child in Transylvania and later studied at the Folklore Institute in Bucharest. These he supplements with melodies of his own evoking “the spirit of the village bands.”


    In 2003, the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY: an educational institution for music of the 20th and 21st centuries that is internationally unique. Each summer, highly talented young musicians from all around the world come together here for the opportunity to study in depth and then to perform contemporary scores and classics of modern music. Almost 1,200 graduates have taken part in the Academy over the past fifteen years, many of whom have attended for several summers. The German composer Wolfgang Rihm has been in charge of artistic leadership since 2016, with Matthias Pintscher serving as Principal Conductor. They are supported by internationally acclaimed performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. The orchestral and ensemble concerts for 2018 focus on the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, including performances of such pieces as Inori and Gruppen; for the latter, the Academy Orchestra joins forces with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pintscher, Sir Simon Rattle, and Duncan Ward. They will give the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’s new score Reading Malevich and will also present works by Kurtág, Bella, Zimmermann, Nono, and composer-in-residence Fritz Hauser. The Composer Seminar is being led for the third time this year, in which young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm, Dieter Ammann, and other guests and rehearse them with selected LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. A Conducting Fellowship offers scholarship holders the opportunity to follow along in the Academy’s work. The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is once again participating this summer in the “Special Event Day” and appears in the “40min” series as well.

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    Konstantia Gourzi

    The Greek composer and conductor Konstantia Gourzi was born in 1962 in Athens and studied at the Conservatory there before transferring to the Academy of the Arts in Berlin in 1987. In Berlin she served for a time as an assistant to Claudio Abbado; there she founded the attacca berlin ensemble as well as the concert series “Zeitzonen,” and from 1999 to 2007 she led the Echo ensemble. Since 2002 she has been a professor at the Munich Academy of Music, where she established the octopus ensemble to perform modern music. As a conductor Gourzi has appeared with such ensembles as the RSO Stuttgart, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Her compositions have been performed at festivals throughout Europe, Israel, Japan, and the United States. She is especially committed to genre-bending projects that bring contemporary music into contact with other art forms.

    August 2016

    All is at family-friendly prices: no concert costs more than 50 CHF, and if you reserve tickets for a minimum of three performances you’ll also get a discount of 20% and a free ticket for your children. See Order Form

    Young Family Concert | 11.00 and 14.30
    Vier gewinnt. A staged concert with music by MendelssohnSchubertDebussy, et al.

    Special Event Day – Concert 1 | 11.00
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    Šerkšnytė De profundis | Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 Pastoral

    Special Event Day – Concert 2 | 13.00
    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Konstantia Gourzi
    works by XenakisNørgårdGourzi, and Ligeti

    Special Event Day – Concert 3 | 14.30
    Festival Strings Lucerne | Arabella Steinbacher
    Vivaldi The Four Seasons | Dvořák Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

    Special Event Day – Concert 4 | 16.00
    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Elena Schwarz | Della Miles
    Neuwirth … miramondo multiplo … (sound installation) | Lost Highway Suite | Eleanor

    Special Event Day – Panel | 17.30
    Konstantia Gourzi | Michael Haefliger | Gabriela Kaegi
    “Women on the Podium! The End of a Male Preserve?”

    Special Event Day – Concert 5 | 18.30
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Anu Tali | Yulianna Avdeeva
    works by TubinChopin, and Prokofiev

    Special Event Day – Concert 6 | 20.00
    Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Maria Schneider
    Schneider Winter Morning Walks | Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories

    Broadcast date
    Radio SRF 2 Kultur | Broadcast on Wednesday, 7 September at 9 pm.