Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019



    Karin Arnold  idea and conception
    Jessica Huber  idea and conception
    Christian Garcia-Gaucher  composition
    Alexander Sinan Binder  conductor
    Actors from the Luzerner Theater Ensemble  

    “Ouverture dans la nuit”
    A Forest Symphony

    Co-production of the Luzerner Theater and LUCERNE FESTIVAL

    For the opening of its season, the Luzerner Theater will be searching for new concert halls in the city (see Tonhalle on page 54), away from usual venues. The Zurich performance collective mercimax and the actors of the Luzerner Theater invite you to a new concert format in the forest: on a late summer hike from the city into nature, from day into night, the audience will listen to the sounds of the street, the river, and the forest, to footsteps, leaves, and birds. They will hearken to the crackling and roaring of fire, to the sounds of the cello, of wind instruments, of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Together with the composer Christian GarciaGaucher from western Switzerland, who is writing a new work for this Lucerne “Forest Symphony,” mercimax will turn nature into a concert hall, seducing us to listen closely. Ouverture dans la nuit is a play of the senses that creates unusual encounters between musicians, spectators, and nature. The sounds of culture and nature flow into each other and merge powerfully into a new whole.

    With the friendly support of the Arthur Waser Stiftung

    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

    The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1806, is one of the oldest orchestras in Switzerland. In addition to the various concert series that it presents at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL), the orchestra performs in all of the opera productions at the Luzerner Theater. Its seasons are devoted not only to the Classical and Romantic repertoire but also regularly include rarities and contemporary works. For example, in recent years it has presented newly commissioned scores by Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Marc-André Dalbavie, Pascal Dusapin, Thomas Adès, and Fazıl Say. Since September 2011, the American James Gaffigan has served as music director. Other conductors who have had a major presence in recent seasons include Matthias Bamert, Andrey Boreyko, Peter Eötvös, Hannu Lintu, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, and Leonard Slatkin. Jonathan Nott, who was music director from 1997 to 2002, also regularly returns to the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Among the acclaimed soloists who perform in the subscription series are Martha Argerich, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Isabelle Faust, Vilde Frang, Kirill Gerstein, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Gidon Kremer, Truls Mørk, and Maria João Pires. The orchestra’s artistry has been documented on recordings of works by Brahms, Bernstein, Dutilleux, Dvořák, Krenek, Gubaidulina, Rihm, Saint-Saëns, Say, Schreker, and Weill; their most recent release, from the fall of 2017, is a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle with Oliver Schnyder. The musicians regularly travel as well. In the summer of 2016 they undertook a tour to four Asian countries, and in the spring of 2017 they performed at the Bogotá International Music Festival. Guest performances during the 2017-18 season included concerts at the Ravinia Festival in the United States and the Festival de Besançon, as well as in Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, London, Paris, and Moscow.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1993, with Vladimir Kiradjiev conducting works by Schnittke.

    July 2018

    Other dates

    Wednesday, 4 September | 19.30
    Thursday, 5 September | 19.30
    Friday, 6 September | 19.30
    Sunday, 8 September | 19.30
    Thursday, 12 September | 19.30
    Friday, 13 September | 19.30
    Sunday, 15 September | 19.30