Friday, October 30, 2015

Lucerne Fest to Feature Women of the Stick

The focus of the 2016 Lucerne Festival (August 12--September 11) will be women conductors and artists; organizers have chosen the title "PrimaDonna" as the theme. Conductors, who hardly fit that description, will include Marin Alsop, who will bring her São Paulo Symphony Orchestra; Barbara Hannigan, conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Emmanuelle Haïm, who will stand on the podium before the not-so-women-friendly Vienna Philharmonic; and Susanna Mälkki leading the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in a new work for percussion and orchestra by festival composer-in-residence Olga Neuwirth.