Birtwistle: composer-in-residence at Lucerne FestivalHarrison Birtwistle is composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival (21 Aug – 16 Sep), which includes the world premiere of his new orchestral work Night's Black Bird.
This summer's Lucerne Festival plays host to a major 70th birthday feature on the music of Harrison Birtwistle, including 15 works spanning his creative output. The Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Most gives the premiere of his new orchestral work Night's Black Bird on 21 August, coupled with The Shadow of Night, and with the Dowland lute song In Darkness Let Me Dwell which plays a role in both pieces acting as an interlude. Night's Black Bird is the first of a series of prestigious Lucerne commissions from Roche, and a special souvenir book on Birtwistle is being produced linked with the premiere.
Other Lucerne highlights include the first complete performance of the 26 Orpheus Elegies for oboe, harp and countertenor, performed by Heinz Holliger, Ursula Holliger and Andrew Watts, the world premiere of three new arrangements of Bach arias, and the Swiss premieres of Theseus Game and Pulse Shadows.
4 September, 20.00
Theseus Game [BH] (Swiss premiere)
Ensemble Modern/Pierre-André Valade/Martyn Brabbins
14 September, 20.00
Secret Theatre [UE]
Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble/Pierre Boulez
15 September, 20.00
Silbury Air [UE]
Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble/Cliff Colnot
16 September, 19.30
Earth Dances [UE]
Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra/Pierre Boulez
BH = Boosey & Hawkes;
UE = Universal Edition
For full venue information visit www.lucernefestival.ch
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