- 29 January 2013 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL celebrates its 75-year jubilee in 2013
- 18 April 2012 - Lucerne Festival 2012: Music – A Question of Faith?
- 09 January 2012 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY 2012: application deadline 20 January
- 21 November 2011 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL at the Piano in 2011 is dedicated to Franz Liszt
- 26 August 2011 - Lucerne Festival Academy kicks off
- 18 September 2006 - Record Attendance at Lucerne Festival, SOMMER 2006
- 01 September 2006 - George Benjamin is fourth Roche Commissions composer
- 28 August 2006 - Laura Aikin übernimmt den Sopranpart in Hanspeter Kyburz’ Uraufführung "touché"
- 18 August 2006 - Eröffnung von LUCERNE FESTIVAL
- 15 March 2006 - Programmvorstellung Lucerne Festival 2006
- 08 February 2006 - Lucerne Festival Ostern 2006: Nikolaus Harnoncourt eröffnet am 1. April
- 06 December 2005 - Schlussbericht zu LUCERNE FESTIVAL, PIANO 2005 und PIANO Off-stage
- 22 November 2005 - Berliner Pianist Martin Helmchen Preisträger des CREDIT SUISSE GROUP Young Artist Award 2006
- 15 November 2005 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL, PIANO 2005 - 22. – 27. November
- 26 October 2005 - Pierre-Laurent Aimard spielt Mozart bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL, PIANO 2005
- 18 October 2005 - Erfolgreiche Residenz der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA in Rom
- 19 September 2005 - Positive Results for the 67th LUCERNE FESTIVAL, SOMMER 2005
- 06 September 2005 - Berliner Philharmoniker spielen erst wieder bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL, SOMMER 2007
- 05 September 2005 - Besetzungsänderungen bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL, SOMMER 2005
- 26 August 2005 - Hanspeter Kyburz erhält dritten Roche-Commissions-Kompositionsauftrag
- 26 August 2005 - Musica Antiqua 1-3 am Samstag, 27. August 2005 abgesagt
- 24 August 2005 - Today’s symphony concert and lied recital will take place
- 23 August 2005 - Das Trio Tecchler eröffnet die Konzertreihe «Debut»
- 17 August 2005 - Programm LUCERNE FESTIVAL, PIANO 2005 erschienen
- 12 August 2005 - Ein fulminanter Start für LUCERNE FESTIVAL, SOMMER 2005
- 08 August 2005 - Moderne bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL vom 9.-11. September
- 08 August 2005 - Moderne bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL vom 24.-27. August
- 08 August 2005 - Lucerne Festival Academy
- 19 May 2005 - Lucerne Festival Sommer 2005 - Kartenverkauf
- 23 March 2005 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL, OSTERN 2005
- 23 March 2005 - New Head of PR and Communications at LUCERNE FESTIVAL
- 15 March 2005 - American Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL organisieren erfolgreichen Fund-Raising Abend
- 02 February 2005 - Claudio Abbado prolongs his agreement with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
- 28 January 2005 - LUCERNE Festival Ostern 05: Starke Emotionen bei Dvoráks Requiem
- 21 January 2005 - LUCERNE Festival, OSTERN: Vorverkauf startet
- 23 November 2004 - Lucerne Festival Orchestra with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.2 available on DVD
- 23 November 2004 - The Lucerne Easter and Summer Festival Programme 2005 out
- 02 November 2004 - Lucerne Festival, Piano 2004
- 26 November 2002 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL, PIANO 2002: Increasing Audience
- 11 June 2002 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL:ISPA Awards for Evelyn Glennie and the CREDIT SUISSE GROUP
- 22 April 2002 - "American Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL" to be launched today
- 18 April 2002 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL will host the 16th International ISPA Conference (June 6-9)
- 17 April 2002 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL: "Pierre Boulez Academy" starting in 2004
- 17 April 2002 - Claudio Abbado and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL Orchestra will open LUCERNE FESTIVAL, SOMMER 2003
- 18 January 2002 - Easter Music Festival focuses on the Sacred: LUCERNE FESTIVAL , OSTERN 2002
- 29 October 2001 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Piano 2001: General Programme and Workshop
- 16 October 2001 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL, PIANO 2001 - November 20-25
- 14 September 2001 - Preview LUCERNE FESTIVAL, SOMMER 2002 - 15. August - 15. September
- 14 September 2001 - Flashback on LUCERNE FESTIVAL, SOMMER 2001 - August 15 till September 15
- 17 July 2001 - LUCERNE FESTIVAL, SOMMER 2001 - The KKL Goes Up in Flames
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Music that sounds as its creators imagined it. Musicians who play with rapture and commitment. Concert-goers who take leisurely plunges into worlds of sound, far removed from the bustle of everyday life. LUCERNE FESTIVAL makes it all possible, and has been doing so for more than seventy years. Nestled on idyllic Lake Lucerne in one of the world's most beautiful Old Towns, every year the city becomes a meeting place for leading performers from all over the globe – famous orchestras, legendary conductors, virtuoso soloists – who convene to celebrate a festival of sound. In Jean Nouvel's concert hall, equally famous for its phenomenal acoustics and exquisite architecture, they encounter a no less polyglot audience: some 120,000 visitors make their way to Lucerne every year to attend its three festivals – at Easter, in Summer, and at the Piano.
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Lucerne, 25 August 1938. In the gardens facing Richard Wagner's villa in Tribschen, the legendary Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini lifts his baton to conduct an élite orchestra specially assembled for the occasion. Among the musicians he has gathered together are renowned soloists and virtuoso chamber musicians, above all the Busch Quartet at the first desks of the strings, while the main body of the orchestra is filled from the ranks of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. The opportunity to play or hear musical masterpieces against the idyllic backdrop of Lake Lucerne seems to many people like a ray of hope in an age of darkness. First Germany and now Austria have fallen into the clutches of Nazi dictatorship; artists of the stature of Toscanini and his colleagues Bruno Walter and Fritz Busch have refused to perform at the Bayreuth or Salzburg Festivals, if only for ethical reasons. But Switzerland is independent and free, and Lucerne, with its picturesque historic Old Town, seems preordained for a music festival. So it is no coincidence that this 25 August should witness the birth of today’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL, which has attracted the musical crême de la crême every summer down to the present day: orchestras and conductors, vocal and instrumental soloists, and ensembles from every corner of the globe.
Click here for a detailed account of the birth of LUCERNE FESTIVAL and Toscanini's "Concert de Gala."
Much has changed, of course, in the seventy years of the Festival's existence. Its first season in 1938 included only ten concerts. Since then it has grown by leaps and bounds – some 120,000 music lovers visit the Festival every year – and it has become more diverse. Since 1988 music buffs from countries everywhere come to Lucerne at Easter, and since 1998 LUCERNE FESTIVAL at the Piano, devoted entirely to the art of pianism, has taken place in late autumn. The annual parade of the world's foremost orchestras began in the latter half of the 1950s with guest performances by the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. The 1970 Festival was the first to be given a special theme – an idea that has remained alive ever since. The same year witnessed the invitation of a contemporary composer whose music was made the focal point of the Festival’s program. At that time the new series was called "Perspectives"; today it is known as "composer-in-residence." The Début Recitals, initially advertised as "Young Soloists," was launched in summer 1973. An annual array of artistes étoiles has graced the Festival's program since 1999. An excellent new concert hall, designed by French star architect Jean Nouvel, has been at the Festival's disposal since 1998. But Arturo Toscanini's vision of presenting stellar performances far removed from duty rosters and workaday routine has remained alive. It was revitalized and reached a new flowering with foundation of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA under Claudio Abbado, which has opened the summer season since 2003. And since 2004 the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, headed by Pierre Boulez, has provided the Festival with its own educational institution, introducing highly gifted young musicians to the art of performing modern music.