FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY: Overture and excerpts from A Midsummer Night's Dream op. 21
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Symphony in B minor op. 58
- Conductor Riccardo Chailly
ABOUT THIS CONCERT
In August, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra returns – as it does every year – to its summer residency in Lucerne. This tradition goes back to 2003, when Claudio Abbado (1933-2014) invited the MCO to form the core of his newly-founded Lucerne Festival Orchestra. This year, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra can be heard in a total of five concerts: in addition to four performances as part of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, it will also be featured in one MCO concert. In one way or the other, all performances closely relate to the 2017 festival theme, “identity”.
This year, all four Lucerne Festival Orchestra concerts are conducted by Music Director Riccardo Chailly. In this concert, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performs the overture and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. While Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set to the delightful Shakespearean comedy of the same name, Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony – based on Lord Byron’s poem, likewise sharing the same name – chronicles the life of the tormented noble, Manfred. Both works closely examine how their protagonists are eventually able – or unable – to come to terms with their respective identities.
The Lucerne Festival, set on idyllic Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland, is one of the world’s most renowned classical music festivals and a meeting place for leading performers from all over the globe. Even as it has begun to extend outward from the lake to fill the city, the Kongress and Kulturzentrum Luzern (KKL), Jean Nouvel’s concert hall famous for its exquisite acoustics and architecture, remains the heart of festival.