Special Event Day – Concert 2

Symphony Orchestra Basel | Kristiina Poska


Sun, 27.08. | 15.00 | No. 17330

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

- Tickets priced at CHF 10 for children and students up to and including age 30 are available only by using the "best seat reservation" option.

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

Please book a wheelchair ticket under t +41 (0) 41 226 44 80 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017



    Kristiina Poska  conductor
    Katrin Hammerl  staging
    Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967)
    The Imperial Adventures of Háry János.
    A symphony concert with narrator
    (Text version Alain Claude Sulzer)
    For all ages from 7 years     

    Here the whole family can really get their money’s worth, from grandkids to grandparents! As part of the Special Event Day, LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG has for the first time invited an entire symphony orchestra. With the help of a narrator, the ensemble will regale us with the marvelously whimsical tales of the Hungarian folk hero Háry János. This shrewd veteran of the Austrian army cooks up a tall tale of a heroic life story while at the inn. Supposedly he vanquished Napoleon all by himself and was invited personally by the Habsburg Emperor Franz to the royal palace in Vienna. In Háry János Zoltán Kodály saw “the embodiment of the Hungarian imagination, the imagination that creates fairy-tales. What he relates never happened, but he has lived it through, and so it is truer than truth.” And so he wrote a whole folk opera about Háry János as the role model for an oppressed nation, setting his Münchhausen-like adventures to vivid music that draws on numerous Hungarian folk songs and dances.

    Symphony Orchestra Basel

    Founded in 1876, the Basel Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in Switzerland. Its has been associated with such significant artistic figures at the podium as Johannes Brahms, Felix Weingartner, Gustav Mahler, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Otto Klemperer, Pierre Boulez, Armin Jordan, Mario Venzago, and Dennis Russell Davies. Since 2016 Ivor Bolton has served as Music Director; Michał Nesterowicz is Principal Guest Conductor. The orchestra offers its own concert series in Basel as well as regular tours, both domestic and abroad, with trips to Russia and the Far East in recent years. On the agenda for October 2017 is a tour to England, which will include appearances in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Birmingham. The Basel Symphony Orchestra has given the world premieres of numerous significant major works of the 20th century; its most recent recording is of Stravinsky’s Petrushka conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. 

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    Kristiina Poska

    Kristiina Poska, who was born in 1978 in Türi, Estonia, initially studied  choral conducting at the Music Academy in Tallinn before graduating with a degree in conducting under Christian Ehwald at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin. Following her first engagements at theaters in Koblenz and Brandenburg, from 2012 to 2016 she was appointed First Kapellmeisterin at the Komische Oper Berlin, where she worked on such productions as Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She has additionally conducted at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Stockholm Royal Opera, Vienna Volksoper, Helsinki National Opera, and, with Valtinoni’s The Wizard of Oz over the past season, at Zurich Opera. In the concert hall, Kristiina Poska has led the Munich Philharmonic, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and various German radio orchestras. 

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    Florian von Manteuffel

    Florian von Manteuffel, who was born in 1973 in Munich, initially studied stone masonry and carving before deciding on a career in acting. His first engagement was with Theater Bielefeld, after which he became a member of the Schauspiel Stuttgart ensemble, where he worked with such directors as René Pollesch, Volker Lösch, and Karin Henkel. In 2013 he transferred to the Schauspielhaus Wien, and since 2015 he has been a member of the Theater Basel ensemble, where he has appeared in such productions as Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and in Anja Hilling’s Claudel adaption Mittagswende. Die Stunde der Spurlosen. Florian von Manteuffel’s film credits include Matthias Kiefersauer’s short film Wunderbare Tage; he has also taken part in numerous radio productions, such as Sven Regener’s Herr Lehmann and Der kleine Bruder, Tino Hanekamp’s So was von da, and Louis Ferdinand Céline’s Reise ans Ende der Nacht.

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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.