22.08.2018 West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Elsa Dreisig - Coleman | Bruckner - Summer Festival - Lucerne Festival

Symphony Concert 6

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Elsa Dreisig

Coleman | Bruckner

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 6

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Elsa Dreisig

    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    Elsa Dreisig  soprano
    David Robert Coleman (*1969)
    Looking for Palestine  for soprano and orchestra
    Swiss premiere
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109

    Anton Bruckner dedicated his Seventh Symphony to King Ludwig II of Bavaria and his Eighth to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. But who might continue this illustrious series with the Ninth and be crowned with its dedication? The only one to come into question was the dear God himself, whom Bruckner in fact did choose as the dedicatee of his symphonic swan song – for it was to him alone, the Almighty, that he ultimately owed his artistic gifts. With its religious allusions, Bruckner’s unfinished Ninth is a deeply heartfelt testimony of faith, a prayer and confession in the face of death. Juxtaposed with this masterwork of late Romanticism, Daniel Barenboim will present a novelty for soprano and orchestra that was composed by the British David Robert Coleman, who was born in 1969. Looking for Palestine is its title, and it sets texts from the memoirs of the same name by the American-Palestinian author and actress Najla Said, the daughter of Edward Said, with whom Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999. 

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which equally comprises young musicians from Israel and the Arab countries, along with some members from Spain, Turkey, and Iran, was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. The principle that inspired them was the vision of a peaceful coexistence of cultures in the Middle East. Not by chance was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous poetry collection West-östlicher Divan chosen as the ensemble’s namesake. Every summer the orchestra convenes for a period of working together, preparing that year’s programs through rehearsals, presentations, and discussions, which the musicians then present on international concert tours. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has performed at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, as well as in Rabat, Ramallah, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. The Divan also regularly appears at the BBC Proms, the Waldbühne in Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival. A tour to the United States has been planned for November 2018, with performances in Chicago, Washington, New York, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. Numerous CDs and DVDs, as well as Paul Smaczny’s film Knowledge Is the Beginning, document the work of the Divan, which in February 2016 was named a United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Baren-
    boim-Said Academy, a university for music and the humanities that is officially accredited by the state, opened in the fall of 2016, where up to 90 talented musicians from the Middle East can obtain a four-year-long bachelor’s degree.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 August 2007, when Daniel Barenboim conducted works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Tchaikovsky.

    Further Information: www.west-eastern-divan.org

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    Daniel Barenboim

    The conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, both of whose parents were piano teachers, was born in Buenos Aires in 1942 and began giving public performances at the age of seven. In 1952 his family moved to Israel, where he won the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition in 1953 for a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He also took courses in conducting with Igor Markevitch and, in 1954, was introduced to Wilhelm Furtwängler, who described him as a “phenomenon.” During the first phase of his career, Barenboim toured as an internationally successful concert pianist. Since making his conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1967, he has been in demand by all of the leading orchestras. Barenboim’s first permanent position was at the head of the Orchestre de Paris from 1975 to 1989, and between 1991 and 2006 he was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which later named him Honorary Conductor. He made his operatic debut in 1973 with Mo­zart’s Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1981 he conducted at Bayreuth for the first time, returning there every summer until 1999. Since 1992 Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Berlin Staatsoper, and in 2000 the Staatskapelle Berlin appointed him Chief Conductor for Life. He had a close partnership with La Scala in Milan from 2007 to 2014, most recently as Music Director. In 1999 Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which unites young musicians from Israel, the Arab countries, and Spain. In March 2017 he opened the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, where he performs works ranging from the Classical era to the present with his newly founded Boulez Ensemble. Barenboim has received many honors for his artistic and cultural-political work, such as the Prince of Asturias Concord Prize, the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Siemens Music Prize, the Goethe Medal, and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1966, performing piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the English Chamber Orchestra.

    Further Information: www.danielbarenboim.com

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    Elsa Dreisig

    The soprano Elsa Dreisig, who was born in 1991 in Paris, comes from a French-Danish family. She attended the choral school of the Opéra royal de Wallonie and of the Opéra national de Lyon. Later, she studied voice with Valérie Guillorit at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris and with Regina Werner at the Leipzig Academy of Music. She won the “Des Mots et des Notes” competition in 2012 and the “Ton und Erklärung” competition in 2014. In 2016 she took first prize as best singer at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. Shortly after, the Victoires de la Musique in Paris named her “Vocal Discovery of the Year,” and the magazine Opernwelt selected her as emerging artist of the season. Dreisig made her stage debut in the 2013-14 season in Lortzing’s Wildschütz at the Leipzig Academy of Music; in the year following came her first performance at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. From 2015 to 2017, she belonged to the Staatsoper Berlin Opera Studio, after which Daniel Barenboim engaged her as a permanent member of the company. Since then she has appeared there as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s La traviata, and Eurydice in Gluck’s Orpheus. In the 2018-19 season, she will take part in a new production of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie led by Sir Simon Rattle, will sing Dircé in Cherubini’s Médée, and will be part of the ensemble for the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s Violetter Schnee. In 2017 Elsa Dreisig made her debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at the Festival d’Aix-en-Pro-vence. She has sung Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème at Zurich Opera and, in May and June 2018, appeared as Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Opéra national de Paris.

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