Kyoto: the tour then continued on to the Kyoto Concert Hall

After the concerts in Tokyo and Kawasaki, the tour then continued on to Kyoto. At the Kyoto Concert Hall Richard Strauss’ Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Op. 30, Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24 and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28 were on program.

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Geoffroy Schied: the person behind the camera

Since the revival of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in 2003 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra – which was founded by Claudio Abbado in 1997 – as its core, Geoffroy Schied plays the violin in both ensembles. During the Lucerne Festival tour through Asia he captures these extraordinary moments of an orchestra tour with his passion to take pictures.

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Kawasaki: concert at the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall

Next stop of the tour has taken the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to Kawasaki. At the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall  many fans were waiting for taking pictures with the members of the orchestra. Here for example with trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich and cellist Clemens Hagen:

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Tokyo: start of the tour in the capital of Japan

On 3rd October the Lucerne Festival Orchestra arrived at the Narita Ariport in Tokyo. In the following you will find some impressions of the rehearsals, concerts,  a video interview with oboist Mizuho Yoshii and more …

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Backstage story: a typical touring emergency situation

During a orchestra tour sometimes things happen that you might not expect: There was a little pre rehearsal “drama” with the bass drum skin that was broken, and needed replacing immediately. That was just before the start of the rehearsal in the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the drum was to be played in Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps after the break (an hour later).

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Press conference live from Japan in Tokyo Midtown

Masa Kajimoto (Director of Kajimotomusic), Michael Haefliger (Executive and Artistic Director), Riccardo Chailly (Music Director LFO) and Kenichiro Kawasaki (CEO Adecco Japan)

For the start of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s first tour with Music Director Riccardo Chailly from 6th to 15th October, a press conference took place on 4th October in Tokyo in the mobile concert hall “Lucerne Festival Ark Nova”.

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Ensembles of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Alumni perform in Tokyo

The Lucerne Festival Ark Nova, the mobile concert hall, appears the first time in Tokyo: Ensembles of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Alumni perform between 1 and 4 October

The mobile concert hall known as Lucerne Festival Ark Nova opened with a ceremony on 19 September at its on-site location in Grass Square Park in Tokyo Midtown in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. The opening took place in the presence of architect Arata Isozaki; concert agent Masahide Kajimoto; the Swiss Ambassador Jean-François Paroz; the President of Tokyo Midtown Management, Yasuhiro Nakamura; and Michael Haefliger, Director of Lucerne Festival. The Ark Nova was made accessible to the public between 20 and 24 September. Numerous concerts, a panel discussion, and a symposium will be presented there from 30 September to 4 October.

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Interview with Barnes Ensemble Co-Founders Katherine Skovira and Robert Whalen

JACK Quartet (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

From September 30-October 8, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia will host the first rehearsals and performances of its new contemporary music ensemble, The Barnes Ensemble, led by wife and husband team Katherine Skovira (Academy 2014) and Robert Whalen. In its first iteration, the Barnes Ensemble will consist of a group of 20 String Fellows led by the JACK Quartet, and more than half the participants will be alumni of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Jeffrey Young asked Katherine and Robert a few questions about the program.

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Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s First Tour with Riccardo Chailly

Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Foto: Peter Fischli / LUCERNE FESTIVAL)

The Orchestra will perform twice at Suntory Hall in Tokyo (6 and 7 October), where it last appeared to acclaim in 2006 under the direction of Claudio Abbado. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra will also make its first appearance at MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall in Kawasaki (8 October) and at Kyoto Concert Hall (9 October), followed by its debut in South Korea at Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul (12 October). The tour will conclude with two concerts at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing. The Orchestra performed there most recently in 2009, likewise with Claudio Abbado.

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«Sicher war es das «Große Los» Im Gespräch mit dem Schweizer Soloflötist der Wiener Philharmoniker Dieter Flury.

Dieter Flury (Foto: Regina Hügli)

Die Wiener Philharmoniker feiern heuer nicht nur ihren 175-jährigen Geburtstag und ihr 60. Bühnenjubiläum bei Lucerne Festival, sondern auch Sie feiern Ihr 40. Jubiläum als Mitglied des Orchesters. Wie fühlt es sich an, Mitglied einer solch langen und schönen Tradition zu sein?
Sicher war es das «Große Los», vor vierzig Jahren eine Stelle in diesem Orchester angeboten zu bekommen. So fühlt es sich auch nach vierzig Jahren noch an.

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