Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Lucerne Summer Festival

Here’s an article from the New York Times about the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. The Lucerne Festival was founded 1938 as an alternative for musicians who did want to travel to Salzburg or Bayreuth festivals after Austria fell into Nazi rule during World War II. Even though Lucerne is not as famous as other festivals in Europe, several famous musicians flock to this orchestra because of its beloved conductor, Claudio Abbado. Though this past summer due to Abbados’s illness, David Robertson and Pierre Boulez will conduct Lucerne festival. The article is about how close knit Abbado is connected to this orchestra and how his absence affected them and their performance.

Not Just Another Pick-up Band

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