Fri, 20.08. | 18.20
No dress code, no need to have lessons in advance: the 40min series offers host-led programs for beginners, connoisseurs and explorers in the early evening, all with free admission. Here you can meet the stars in rehearsal, get to know unusual repertoire, and have a look behind the scenes at how the Festival operates. Unconventional and varied.
Doors open 20 minutes before the start of the event.
Due to the current Corona situation, attending the 40min concerts is only possible with a pre-booked ticket. Free tickets for 40min can be booked via our webshop from Tuesday 10 August. Per person, two tickets can be purchased.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
The summer of 2003 saw the birth of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which was founded by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. They established a link with the legendary “elite orchestra” for which Arturo Toscanini assembled acclaimed virtuosos of his time to create a magnificent ensemble, introducing it in a “Concert de Gala” in 1938, the year of the Festival’s founding. Abbado served as Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra up until his death in January 2014. He was succeeded in 2016 by Riccardo Chailly, who has since extended his contract until 2026. Guest conductors have included Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Herbert Blomstedt. The orchestra is composed of internationally renowned principals, chamber musicians, and music professors, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. Many of their performances have been broadcast on television and are now available on DVD or CD; these have been awarded such prizes as the Diapason d’or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most recent release is a Strauss CD, which appeared in 2019. On DVD, the first installment of their Rachmaninoff cycle under Chailly was released in 2020, featuring the Third Piano Concerto with soloist Denis Matsuev and the Third Symphony. Guest appearances have taken the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to numerous European musical capitals, as well as to New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.
The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has been performing annually at the Summer Festival since its first appearance in 2003.