LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra | Matthias Pintscher | Symphony for Lucerne

  • KKL Luzern Konzertsaal Europaplatz 1 6005 Luzern, LU Switzerland

Lucerne Festival im Sommer: Sinfoniekonzert 24

Tod Machover (*1953) A Symphony for Lucerne 
commissioned by LUCERNE FESTIVAL | world premiere


What does Lucerne sound like? Water, or mountains, or perhaps even the carnival parade? These are the questions that Tod Machover poses in his current project. The American composer-in-residence for this summer goes in search of the sound of the city and creates from its acoustical signature – the unique sounds and noises of Lucerne – a symphonic portrait. And he goes even further by conceiving the new work as a “collaborative symphony.” Up until the end of April anyone can become a sound collector and send Machover sounds they have discovered or even material they have themselves composed. You could call this an entirely new form of “crowdsourcing.” Machover relies on artistic interaction and allows anyone who wishes to do so to become a co-creator of his Symphony for Lucerne. In advance of the world premiere by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra, he will elucidate how a symphony is created out of the sounds of a city in a multi-media “making of” presentation featuring selected guests and many examples.

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