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Bach's St. John Passion, from Boston Baroque

Thursday, March 10, 2016
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Discovery Ensemble in Concert

Sunday, October 7, 2012
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Discovery Ensemble, with Music Director Courtney Lewis, launched its fifth season at Jordan Hall in Boston.

Hear the concert, along with past performances, and learn more about the season:

Courtney LewisDiscovery Ensemble was founded with a dual mission: to present chamber orchestra concerts at the highest possible level of performance, and to take those performances into Boston's schools to invigorate the music education of children.

Artistic Director David St. George and Music Director Courtney Lewis have pursued that mission relentlessly, earning rave reviews and a devoted following in the process.

Classical New England was at Jordan Hall for this season's opening concert on Oct. 21. Hear the concert:

Discovery Ensemble in Concert at Jordan Hall

Classical New England has hosted Discovery Ensemble in our Fraser Performance Studio several times. Those performances can be heard, along with several concert performances of the last four years, in special Sunday Concert presentations:

Copland, Haydn, Stravinsky, and more

Beethoven, Salonen, Debussy, and Copland

In 2010, Courtney Lews appeared on WGBH 2's Greater Boston with Jared Bowen:

Here is the season schedule for Discovery Ensemble:

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM
(Pre-Concert Conversation at 2:00 PM)
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston

Mozart - Symphony No. 28
Piazzolla - The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
     Joshua Weilerstein, violin
Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9
Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 4

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM
(Pre-Concert Conversation at 2:00 PM)
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge

Bartok - Divertimento
Salonen - Five Images after Sappho
      Karin Wolverton, soprano
Beethoven - Symphony No. 2

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM
(Pre-Concert Conversation at 7:00 PM)
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge

Rossini - Overture to The Barber of Seville
Adams - Chamber Symphony
Stravinsky - Danses concertantes
Haydn - Symphony No. 92

Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM
(Pre-Concert Conversation at 2:00 PM)
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge

Schoenberg - Second Chamber Symphony
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4
      Michael McHale, piano
Schumann - Symphony No. 4

In Concert at the Lucerne Festival

Friday, September 7, 2012
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KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne, Switzerland
KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne (image by Luzern Tourismus, courtesy of the Lucerne Festival)

The Lucerne Festival brings world-class orchestras and soloists to a spectacular concert hall in a gorgeous city in Switzerland every summer.

Classical New England and WQXR bring you four concerts from the 2012 festival, each Sunday in September at 3pm on Sunday Concert.

During the recently concluded U.S. political conventions, there was one point of common ground between the major parties: the economy is struggling, with no quick remedies available. But as dire as the situation is now, consider Europe in 1938. Not only was the entire world economy in even worse condition than today's, the rise of Adolf Hitler's Nazi party sent a chill throughout every aspect of life on the continent.

Tribschen, Wagner Museum

Tribschen, Wagner's home for seven years and the site of the first performance at the Lucerne Festival
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(image via Wikimedia Commons)
Among those who felt the chill most acutely were musicians like Bruno Walter and Arturo Toscanini, who, refusing to perform at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany and the Salzburg Festival in Austria, came to the charming city of Lucerne in neutral Switzerland. It had been the home of Richard Wagner for seven years, and it was at his lakeside villa, Tribschen, on Aug. 25, 1938, that Toscanini lifted his baton for the first notes of the inaugural Lucerne Festival.

Since then, the Lucerne Festival has evolved to hold a place among the most fascinating destinations for both musicians and audiences during the summer. In 1998, Jean Nouvel's new KKL Concert Hall transformed the festival and the city. The KKL is a striking modernist addition to the Old World architecture of the rest of Lucerne, and its acoustics are as perfect as can be found anywhere.

Those acoustics, along with the surrounding beauty of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps, as well as the enthusiasm of the audiences who flock to this quiet town each summer, inspire musicians to reach the pinnacle of their interpretive and technical abilities. The results are stunning.

Classical New England is proud to bring you WQXR's production of four concerts from the 2012 Lucerne Festival. The complete schedule is below, and check back to hear each program on-demand after its broadcast.

September 9, 3pm
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Harding, conductor
Mari Eriksmoen, soprano
Bernarda Fink, alto
Andrew Staples, tenor
Franz-Josef Selig, bass
Bavarian Radio Choir
Swedish Radio Choir

SCHUBERT Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (Song of the Spirits over the Waters), D 714 (with the Bavarian Radio Choir)
SCHUMANN Nachtlied (“Night Song”), Op. 108
SCHUBERT Mass in E-flat major, D 950 (with the Swedish Radio Choir)

Hear the concert:

September 16, 3pm
Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

WAGNER Prelude to Act 3 and “Good Friday Spell” from Parsifal
BERG Violin Concerto (“To the Memory of an Angel”)
STRAUSS Suite from the opera Der Rosenkavalier
RAVEL La Valse

(on-demand audio is not available for this program)

September 23, 3pm
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Bavarian Radio Choir
Swedish Radio Choir
Claudio Abbado, conductor
Juliane Banse, soprano (Beethoven)
Bruno Ganz, narrator
Anna Prohaska, soprano (Mozart)
Sara Mingardo, alto
Maximilian Schmitt, tenor
Rene Pape, bass

BEETHOVEN: Incidental music to Goethe’s tragedy Egmont for soprano, narrator and orchestra, Op. 84
MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K. 626 (edition by Franz Beyer/Robert Levin)

Hear the concert:

September 30, 3pm
St. Louis  Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

IVES: The Unanswered Question
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D, op. 61
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, op. 39

Hear the concert

For more from the Lucerne Festival, visit WQXR.

Bach's St. Matthew Passion, in Concert from Symphony Hall

Friday, March 30, 2012
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The New England Brass Band

Sunday, March 4, 2012
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Boston Philharmonic Performs Bruckner and Debussy in Concert

Friday, November 4, 2011
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