Summer Festival

17.08. - 16.09.2018


The 2018 Festival theme

Seldom will you encounter so many children in the KKL Luzern – but that should be no surprise, since the 2018 Summer Festival is devoted to the theme of “Childhood.” Which means that there will be many projects specifcally aimed at the youngest generation: the audience of tomorrow is meant to be the focus.

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Fritz Hauser © Priska Ketterer

Fritz Hauser


“I try to playfully involve the audience in a different way of listening.” The Swiss composer and drummer Fritz Hauser transforms rhythm into sound and sound into color: explorations of the world of percussion on the border between improvising and composing

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“artistes étoiles”

The cellist Sol Gabetta and the Luxembourg director Dan Tanson are the two “artistes étoiles” we have invited.

"artistes étoiles"
Sol Gabetta © Marco Borggreve
© Rolando Paolo Guerzoni/Archiv Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik, Kürten

“Cosmos Stockhausen”

Back to the music of the future: Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the most signifcant and
influential composers of the 20th century, was born ninety years ago. The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is dedicating a major tribute to this sonic visionary who died in 2007. 

Program Overview

Special Event Day

A Sunday full of music: the big Special Event Day on 26 August offers a chance to immerse yourself in the colorful world of the Festival from morning to evening. We’ve put together a total of 14 concerts exploring this year’s theme of “Childhood.”

Program Overview
© Priska Ketterer / LUCERNE FESTIVAL

Check out a concert on the spur of the moment!

A relaxed way to enjoy LUCERNE FESTIVAL

LUCERNE FESTIVAL is more than the symphony concerts that take place in the evening. It also means the open-air concerts on the shore of Lake Lucerne, live performance acts in a loung club setting, talks, and 40min, the series of short concerts: these make the entire city reverberate with the Festival mood. 


More than a musical appetizer and yet not as long as a complete concert: set aside 40 minutes to enjoy some music.

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At the Buvette

Open-air concerts on the shore of Lake Lucerne – with views of the enchanting panorama


In the Streets

The small but excellent world music festival within the Festival has Lucerne's old city echoing with music.

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Let's Talk About Music!

The more you know, the more you can hear: presentations, panel discussions, and concert introductions enrich your experience of the music.

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Our social media channels give you additional perspectives on the 2018 Summer Festival programming - through live streams, brief videos, audio podcasts, and interviews.


From the Recital to the Symphony Concert

International classical music stars in the heart of Switzerland

Four-and-a-half weeks of world class music: experience the legedary conductors, the solo virtuosos, and of course the matchless "parade" of top international orchestras.

Complete concert listing
© Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
© Patrick Hürlimann/LUCERNE FESTIVAL


Concerts for children and families

Exciting and age-appropriate concerts speically aimed at children and young people – and all this at family-friendly prices: an ideal way for young listeners to find their way into the world of music!
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Master Classes

LUCERNE FESTIVAL was never a mere way station. Ever since the Festival was founded, the great musicians who have performed here have always regarded Lucerne as a refuge, far removed from the hubbub of routine teaching, where they can share and pass on their knowledge and experience to the younger generation – from Edwin Fischer, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, and Rafael Kubelík to today.
Master Class in Conducting
© Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL

Special Offers & Discounts

  • Look | Listen | Enjoy – Together at the Concert

    We’ve taken this year’s Festival theme of “Childhood” as an opportunity to reform our special “Bring Your Kids to the Concert” offer. We’re now calling it “Look | Listen | Enjoy – Together at the Concert.”

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  • Special Offers & Discounts for students

    School and university students can obtain discounted tickets for CHF 20 at the box office right before the concert and when buying tickets in advance. And with the "5 for 4" voucher, five discounted ticket vouchers can be purchased for the price of four. Tickets for selected concerts at a reduced price of CHF 20 are now on sale at the end of June. 

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