Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

“Beethoven looked further into the future than any other composer”
Christian Thielemann

The composer whose anniversary we honor is at the heart of the programming: Lucerne Festival’s summer begins with Beethoven’s First Symphony and ends with his last, the Ninth. All of his other symphonies punctuate the program throughout the summer, as performed by a wide variety of orchestras and conductors, and other Beethoven masterworks to be heard include the Missa solemnis with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Violin Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter, the First Piano Concerto with Martha Argerich, the Third with Daniil Trifonov, the piano sonatas in Igor Levit’s ongoing complete cycle (now in his third set of appearances), and more.

The Program

Fri, 14.08. | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Opening Concert

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly

Sat, 15.08. | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Symphony Concert 1

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Martha Argerich

Tue, 18.08. | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Recital 1 – Piano

Igor Levit

Wed, 19.08. | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Recital 2 – Piano and Voice

Sir András Schiff | Jan Petryka | Ema Nikolovska

Sat, 22.08. | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Symphony Concert 6

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Sun, 23.08. | 11.00 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Recital 3 – Piano

Igor Levit

Thu, 27.08. | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Symphony Concert 11

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan | Steven Isserlis

Sat, 29.08. | 11.00 | Lukaskirche

Chamber Music 2

Quatuor Diotima | Michael Engelhardt

Sun, 30.08. | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Beethoven Day – Symphony Concert 14

Royal Concertgebouworkest | François-Xavier Roth | Pekka Kuusisto

Wed, 02.09. | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Symphony Concert 17

Berlin Philharmonic | Kirill Petrenko | Daniil Trifonov

Thu, 03.09. | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Symphony Concert 18

Il Giardino Armonico | Giovanni Antonini | Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Fri, 04.09. | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Symphony Concert 19

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra | Manfred Honeck | Anne-Sophie Mutter

Sun, 06.09. | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Symphony Concert 23

Vienna Philharmonic | Gustavo Dudamel

Wed, 09.09. | 18.20 | KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

40min 8

Viano String Quartet

Wed, 09.09. | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Symphony Concert 26

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden | Christian Thielemann | Anja Kampe

Sat, 12.09. | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Symphony Concert 29

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique | Monteverdi Choir | Sir John Eliot Gardiner | soloists

Sun, 13.09. | 17.00 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Symphony Concert 30

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique | Monteverdi Choir | Sir John Eliot Gardiner | soloists