In memory of Pierre Boulez (nella foto), who died on 5 January, Lucerne Festival will present a memorial concert on 20 March at 2 pm. The concert will take place as part of the 2016 EasterFestival (12 to 20 March). The program is being planned by an orchestra comprising alumni of theLucerne Festival Academy. These are young musicians who, between the years of 2004 and 2015, took part in the Academy that was founded in Lucerne by Pierre Boulez and Michael Haefliger. The musicians will travel to Lucerne specifically for this concert, coming from Europe, Asia, the United States, and South America. The conductor will be Matthias Pintscher, who holds the position of Principal Conductor of theAcademy.
The concert will be framed by compositions by Pierre Boulez himself.
The Orchestra of Lucerne Festival Academy Alumni will begin by playing Don from Pli selon pli. Portrait de Mallarmé for soprano and orchestra, with the soprano Yeree Suh as the soloist. This will be followed by a speech by Wolfgang Rihm,the Academy’s new Artistic Director. The program will continue with Alban Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6, and Igor Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps, and the concert will conclude with Boulez’s work Mémoriale (…explosante-fixe… Originel) a work of commemorative funeral music for flute and eight instruments. Three Pieces for Orchestra by Alban Berg is the last work that Pierre Boulez conducted during his final appearance as conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy, on 11 September 2011. In the summer of 2011 he also conducted Pli selon pli himself while the Academy was in progress as well as on tour. It was in 2003 that Pierre Boulez, together with Michael Haefliger, established the Lucerne Festival Academy, a training campus that is unique around the world for its exclusive focus on music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Ever since its founding, the Academy has constituted a fundamental part of the Summer Festival. Pierre Boulez’s personality and his work with the young musicians, conductors, and composers in Lucerne have left a profound and lasting impression on the Festival and the Academy. More than 1,000 young musicians from all around the world have taken part in the Academy since it was founded.