Late Night 2

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Saul Williams et al.


Sat, 19320

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019



    Mivos Quartet:  Olivia de Prato, violin | Maya Bennardo, violin | Victor Lowrie Tafoya, viola | Tyler J. Borden, cello
    Slam Chorus  

     conductor (Utopia III)

    Joachim Haas

    (SWR Experimentalstudio) sound director for Utopia III rehearsal

    conductor (… said the shotgun to the head)

    Saul Williams  speaker
    Thomas Kessler (*1937)
    Utopia III for large orchestra and multiple live electronics 
    … said the shotgun to the head for slammer, slam chorus, and orchestra 

    Introduction to Utopia III with Thomas Kessler at the beginning of the concert (in German)

    In his major orchestral piece Utopia III from 2016, Thomas Kessler subverts the usual balance of power. He makes do without having a sound engineer in charge who controls everything but instead hands responsibility for the live electronic modulation directly over to the musicians, all of whom he equips with iPads, microphones, and loudspeakers. The result is an “unprecedented total sound.” Utopia III is Kessler’s third work in which he examines this new orchestral concept, and here he extends it to spatial music: the musicians are distributed in five groups throughout the concert hall. Kessler began his collaboration with the American slam poet Saul Williams in 2003 with the piece … said the shotgun to the head: “Saul narrated by memory about half of the 30-minute text in his unmistakable style on a recording device. I derived almost the entire composition from the speech melody and rhythm of his voice, some of which I analyzed with the help of computer programs,” says Kessler. Selected Swiss slam poets will join together to form a chorus that will assist Saul Williams.

    With the friendly support of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council


    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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    David Fulmer

    The American conductor, composer, and violinist David Fulmer, who was born in 1981, studied composition with Milton Babbitt and violin with Robert Mann at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2016 he won the Koussevitzky Award and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Since 2017 he has served as Music Director of the Hunter Symphony. He has collaborated as a guest conductor with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Elision Ensemble, the Mannes American Composers Ensemble, and the Sydney Modern Music Ensemble. He has appeared at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Festival Chamber Music Northwest, and the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center; was invited in 2014 to participate in the Green Umbrella concerts at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Walt Disney Concert Hall; and conducted the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI in 2016 as part of the New York Philharmonic’s NY Biennial. David Fulmer is also a successful composer: following the world premiere of his Violin Concerto in 2010 at New York’s Lincoln Center, he was invited to present the work in Tanglewood as well as in Europe and Australia, and he has recorded it with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Matthias Pintscher. He has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Scharoun Ensemble in Berlin, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, as well as from such institutions as Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and the Salzburg Foundation. Fulmer has garnered numerous distinctions and is the first American ever to have been awarded the grand prize at the International Edvard Grieg Composer Competition.

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    Ruth Reinhardt

    Ruth Reinhardt, a native of Saarbrücken, studied violin with Rudolf Koelman and orchestral conducting with Constantin Trinks and Johannes Schlaefli at Zurich University of the Arts before transferring to study with Alan Gilbert at the Juilliard School in New York, where she received her master’s degree in conducting. She acquired important experience at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she collaborated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2015; as a Conducting Fellow with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (2015-16); and as an Associate Fellow in Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Program (2015-17). She began her career from 2016 to 2018 as assistant conductor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Jaap van Zweeden. She has also conducted a wide array of concerts there, including the ReMix series featuring contemporary music. During the 2017-18 season, Reinhardt was additionally a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, and she was selected as one of only three active participants for the annual Master Class of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. She has worked as an assistant to Michael Tilson Thomas with Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra in New York and is serving as assistant conductor of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY this summer. Reinhardt has appeared as a guest conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Indianapolis and Malmö Symphony Orchestras, and the Musikkollegium Winterthur. Among the opera productions that she has conducted are Dvořák’s Rusalka and Weber’s Der Freischütz for the North Czech Opera Company and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus at Leipzig University of the Arts. Ruth Reinhardt has also distinguished herself as a composer. By age 17, she had already written an opera that she performed with children and young people from her hometown.

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    Saul Williams

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