FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: LUCERNE FESTIVAL | Easter Festival – Highlights 2017

Sacred music was once again a focus of the Easter Festival in 2017, for events in the KKL’s Salle blanche as well as in the atmospheric setting of Lucerne’s churches. Teodor Currentzis, who made his spectacular Festival debut in 2015, returns with his ensemble musicAeterna to lead two concerts as artist-in-residence. Patricia Kopatchinskaja performed Mozarts Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, K. 218. A vocal high point was the opening concert with the phenomenal Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva. Naturally an Easter classic such as Bach’s St. John Passion was on the program, performed by Thomas Hengelbrock and his Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble while Monteverdi’s Vespers, which was staged in cooperation with the Luzerner Theater. Mariss Jansons and […]

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Easter Festival 2018 | Highlights

The Easter Festival 2018 (17 – 25 March) Artist-in-residence Julia Lezhneva, Rolando Villazón and Sir András Schiff, Riccardo Chailly and the Filarmonica della Scala, Matthias Pintscher and an ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio: these classical music stars ensured a spectacular opening to the Festival year. Main sponsor: Zürich Versicherung Find out more: www.lucernefestival.ch source

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Highlights of Lucerne Festival in Summer 2016

In keeping with the theme of “PrimaDonna,” women played the central role in this year’s Summer Festival: all of the female artists who were performing were honored as “artistes étoiles,” including 11 women conductors. It was the start of a new era: The new Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly, opened the Festival with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand. Lucerne Festival once again hosted the most acclaimed international symphony orchestras, which performed a total of 28 concerts in almost daily succession at the KKL Luzern. Wolfgang Rihm began his tenure leading the Lucerne Festival Academy from 13 August to 4 September as the institution’s new Artistic Director. He conducted a new two-week Composer Seminar, an additional […]

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