We can stay in touch online even between each festival. "Connected" is our platform of digital offerings that are available throughout the entire year, including livestreams, artist interviews, and background reports. This is where you have an opportunity to become better acquainted with important musicians, ask us questions about music, and further enhance your concert experience. Have a look and enjoy!
Our theme for the Summer of 2021 is "crazy." So here are some short video interviews where we asked selected artists to discuss what's crazy about the works and programs they will be performing in Lucerne.
In short videos, leading composers and interpreters demonstrate the tonal, harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic facets and traditions of so-called new music. Thanks to their practical explanations and personal insights, we can "tune" our ears to the adventure of listening to contemporary music and gain a new understanding of music itself. And so: listen carefully!
Because you cannot come to our concert yet, we will come to you. In the “masterpieces@home” series, we present gripping live recordings from our festival archive. Lean back and enjoy the concert videos for free on your sofa, supplemented by short introductions to the works that are being played.
Let's talk about music -- and much more: Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger meets up with stars from the classical music scene like Yuja Wang, Igor Levit, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the digital series "Michael & Friends." Enjoy personal conversations with fascinating artists!
Many Lucerne Festival concerts are broadcast live on television and radio or streamed at a later date. Here is a list of current broadcasts.
Sarah Christ is the harpist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. In this series, she uses her harp music to bring empty spaces to life for a few minutes: publicly open places that are normally populated by visitors, customers, or the public but that have in the meantime become deserted -- places of longing. Listen to her music cast its spell!
Lucerne and music simply go together. Enjoy members of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra getting together at various spots in the city and playing music by Mozart and Dvořák in smaller chamber music versions.
Lucerne Festival is the preeminent festival of orchestras. Where else can you marvel at so many top international ensembles, one after the other, in a four-week span each summer? Orchestras that enjoy a close association with the Festival have shared personal greetings, and we will also be showing an excerpt from their past performances in Lucerne, drawing on previously unreleased video recordings.
Even though they’ve been sequestered in different locations, they sing, dance, and make music together, for they don't want to be alone (and they have been getting a little bored on top of that). Watch and listen as cellist Federica Vecchio (alias Madame Swarowski) and violinist Eleonora Savini (alias Puña) meet digitally. They will carry on with their family concert “Pizz’n’Zip,” which they presented in summer 2019 at Lucerne Festival. A series for our young (and young-at-heart) audience – who can participate in the fun themselves!
Even with all the digital options that have been springing up, the past few months have reminded us that there is no substitute for the live musical experience. We asked musicians, long-time Festival goers, and friends of the Festival about their own most remarkable moments at Lucerne Festival. A performance does not simply end when the applause fades away. It reverberates afterward – even for years, as we call to mind our most unforgettable highlights. You, too, are invited to participate. We would be delighted for you to share your own loveliest experience(s) at the Festival.
Anyone who goes to a concert or who simply listens to music knows that questions come up which the program book and the usual scholarly sources don’t cover. If you've ever wondered why the horn sometimes emits squeaking sounds, why conductors almost never appear on the podium the most formal attire, or whether critics are supposed to applaud (or not) after a performance, just ask us! We will find the answer by posing it to an expert.