Lucerne Festival
Sundays @ 8PM

Founded in 1938, the annual music festival on the edge of Lake Lucerne attracts many top-name classical soloists and orchestras from around the world. These broadcasts from the KKL Concert Hall are hosted by Jeff Spurgeon and include special intermission features and interviews with Festival artists.


For the second broadcast of concerts from the 2017 Lucerne Festival, you’ll be treated to the Festival Strings Lucerne's musical tour of Europe, from Germany and Austria to the frosts of Finland.  The guest artist in this program is flutist James Galway.


This concert from the 2017 Lucerne Festival features an evening of Mozart and Mahler from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe -- plus a few selections from the festival archives. Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart's Symphony in C Major, K. 425 and selections of lieder from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Soprano Anna Lucia Richter and baritone Christian Gerhaher are the featured soloists for the latter.


The final concert in this series from the 2017 Lucerne Festival Concerts is a show of straight Stravinsky, including longtime favorite The Rite of Spring and the Swiss premiere of Chant funebre, Op. 5.  Riccardo Chailly, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and soprano Sophie Koch trace the creative arc of the composer, kicking off the program with his earlier works and sticking with Stravinsky as he searched for his creative identity.  The program culminates with The Rite of Spring -- and a Stravinsky we know and love.