Lucerne Festival Academy 2

Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Thomas Adès | Anne-Sophie Mutter

Nørgård | Lutosławski | Stravinsky | Adès

Sat, 27.08. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

09.08.-11.09. 2022




    Lucerne Festival Academy 2

    Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Thomas Adès | Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Thomas Adès  conductor
    Per Nørgård (*1932)
    Drømmespil (Dream Play) for chamber orchestra
    Witold Lutosławski (1913–1994)
    Symphony No. 3
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Agon. Ballet for twelve dancers
    Thomas Adès (*1971)
    new work for violin and orchestra ("Roche Commissions" world premiere)

    Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)

    Lucerne Festival has launched a new orchestra this year with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO): an orchestra of excellence for the performance of new and contemporary music. The LFCO thus forms a counterpart to the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and focuses on 20th- and 21st-century scores, from modern classics to commissioned works that will be premiered in Lucerne. The international members of the LFCO have all benefited from training at the Lucerne Festival Academy, which was initiated by Pierre Boulez and is now directed by Wolfgang Rihm. Thanks to its close ties to the Academy and its network, the LFCO is able to play a pioneering role in the interpretation of contemporary music and in the development of forward-looking concert formats. Through its projects, it exploits the possibilities of new technologies; interdisciplinary work gives rise to novel listening and concert experiences. The LFCO can be heard in numerous performances at the Lucerne Summer Festival, at Lucerne Festival Forward in November, and, of course, at guest performances all over the world. During its first summer, the LFCO collaborated with Heinz Holliger, Lin Liao, Johanna Malangré, and Enno Poppe, among others, presenting music ranging from Stravinsky and Webern to world premieres by Amarouch, Colţea, Milenko, Vaughan, and Saunders. It participated in performances of Kagel’s Staatstheater at the Luzerner Theater, created the staged concert Bye-Bye Beethoven with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and performed at Musikfest Berlin and at the Donaueschinger Musiktage in October.

    October 2021

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    Thomas Adès

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    Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Born in Rheinfelden in Baden, Germany, Anne-Sophie Mutter began her career in 1976, at the age of 13, at the Lucerne International Music Festival (as Lucerne Festival was called at that time). Just one year later, she appeared in Salzburg with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan’s baton. She has given concerts in all of the major music centers worldwide since then and, in addition to the classical repertoire, continues to present new works: by now she has premiered 29 scores, including compositions by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Williams, whose violin concerto she just introduced at Tanglewood (in July 2021). She uses her popularity specifically for charity projects and to support young musicians. To this end, she founded the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 2008 and the scholarship ensemble Mutter’s Virtuosi, with which she will embark on a major European tour in 2021-22. In addition, she will tour in the coming season with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko and perform André Previn’s Violin Concerto; in Asia, she will present her John Williams project “Across the Stars.” As a chamber musician, she performs with her longtime piano partner Lambert Orkis and cellist Maximilian Hornung. Anne-Sophie Mutter has received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize, and the Polar Music Prize. She has garnered four coveted Grammy Awards and is a recipient of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and Austria’s Grand Decoration of Honor. In 2013, she was named an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Anne-Sophie Mutter has served as President of German Cancer Aid since 2021.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1976 as part of the “Young Artists” series in a program of works by de Falla, Paganini, and Sarasate, with Christoph Mutter at the piano.

    July 2021

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