Lucerne Festival 2022
“Diversity” is the highly topical and multi-faceted theme of the Lucerne Summer Festival 2022. This theme, which is reflected in the artistic programming, addresses social issues of our time: what role does gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background play in musical life? Thus a focus next summer will for example be on people of color, ethnic minorities who are underrepresented in the industry. But the principle of diversity also shapes the repertoire to be heard on the summer concerts: works will be presented that in themselves are multifaceted or polystylistic, for example incorporating influences from folk music and jazz, from other eras, or even sounds from nature.
The Lucerne Festival Orchestra officially opens the Festival with Music Director Riccardo Chailly on 12 August. Leading up to the Opening, internationally renowned youth orchestras will prepare the mood for the summer of concerts as part of the “Music for Future” initiative. The youth formation of the Chineke! Orchestra, founded by Chi-Chi Nwanoku, will perform the first concert on 9 August. This will be followed by the National Youth Orchestra of the USA as well as an orchestra from Ilumina, a festival and social project that was founded in 2015 in São Paulo. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra will present a new work by Wolfgang Rihm, the Academy’s Artistic Director, as part of the opening program. In addition, Anne-Sophie Mutter will perform a violin concerto by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, in keeping with the Festival theme. Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony can also be heard on the opening evening, and the following day it will be performed in combination with Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, which will be sung by the young South Tyrolean baritone Andrè Schuen. The Rachmaninoff cycle begun in 2019 continues in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s third program, which offers the Second Piano Concerto in C minor with Denis Matsuev as the soloistand the Second Symphony in E minor. Jakob Hrůša, who made his debut with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra last summer as a stand-in with an acclaimed interpretation of Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony, now returns for an evening of Czech music, presenting Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with Augustin Hadelich as the soloist, the Symphony From the New World , and Josef Suk’s Scherzo fantastique.
The Lucerne Festival Academy will once again welcome around 100 musicians, conductors, and composers to Lake Lucerne for three weeks starting on 12 August as part of the Lucerne Festival 2022. The Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) will focus intensively on the work of composer-in-residence Thomas Adès and “artiste étoile” Tyshawn Sorey, both of whom will also collaborate as conductors with the Academy members.