Special Event Day − Opening

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY

Adams

Sun, 27.08.09.45

Europaplatz, KKL Lucerne

Free admission


20% discount off three concerts on the Special Event Day – to be purchased by telephone or in writing.

Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    27.

    Aug

    Sunday
    09.45

    Europaplatz, KKL Lucerne

    Special Event Day − Opening

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY

    John Luther Adams (*1953)
    Sila. The Breath of the World
    European premiere 

    The big Special Event Day in Lucerne begins right in front of the KKL: with an open-air concert by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY and a work that was specifically designed as outdoor music. “Listening to music indoors, we usually try to ignore the outside world, focusing our listening on a limited range of sounds. Listening outdoors we’re challenged to expand our attention to encompass a multiplicity of sounds. We’re invited to receive messages not only from the composer and the performers, but also from the larger world around us,” writes the American composer and Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams. In Sila (the title refers to Inuit mythology and signifies the “breath of the world,” the “spirit that animates all things”), the musicians will be spread across the Europaplatz. Their sounds will blend with environmental noises, and the audience can also walk around and thus continually take in new aural perspectives.

    Also to note: later during the Special Event Day, make another excursion to the Europaplatz, when you can hear the concluding concerts of the world music “In the Streets” Festival within the Festival.

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY

    Founded in 2003 by the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is an internationally unique training institution devoted to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Some 130 young, highly gifted musicians from all over the world have convened there every summer since then to extensively study contemporary scores and Modernist classics in daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons and subsequently perform them. More than 1,000 graduates have attended the Academy over the past 14 years, many of whom have even participated for several summers. Since 2016 the German composer Wolfgang Rihm has served as Artistic Director, with Matthias Pintscher as Principal Conductor alongside him. They are supported by a team of internationally renowned performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. Under this new leadership, the Academy has expanded its offerings. In 2017 the Composer Seminar is taking place for a second time; here young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm and have a practical opportunity to rehearse them with ensembles of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMN. The Master Class in Conducting was expanded into a Conducting Fellowship that offers its students a chance to follow the work of the Academy over a three-week period. This summer the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will perform three symphony concerts under Matthias Pintscher and Heinz Holliger and will also open the Special Event Day on the theme of “Identity” with John Luther Adams’s Sila. Selected ensembles will also be represented in chamber music in a variety of formations on that day; in addition, they will perform works by composer-in-residence Michel van der Aa, will collaborate with artiste étoile Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and will appear as part of the 40min series. 

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    Package descount for the Special Event Day! 

    When you purchase a minimum of three different Special Event Day concerts, you will receive a discount of 20% on each ticket. You can purchase this package discount by telephone or in writing. All information can be found on the order form.