Lucerne Festival 2019: Music and power
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Lucerne Festival 2019: Music and power

Late summer in Lucerne is once again entirely devoted to classical music. This year's summer festival – the theme of which is "Power" – brings together world-class stars of classical music but also provides a platform for aspiring young talents.

The summer festival once again has a full program in store, with more than 100 events taking place over four weeks. The city of Lucerne is in festival mood from August 16 to September 15, as internationally renowned musicians from all over the world perform at the KKL concert hall as well as in various innovative event formats – including an open-air concert on the lakeshore and a series of mini-concerts. "Power" is the connecting theme for this year's festival events, with a diverse range of questions on the topic – including the impact that power actually has on music – set to be explored during the festival.

A glimpse behind the scenes

A lot is happening not only on stage but also behind the scenes during the summer festival. As well as requiring a great deal of planning and organization, the many concerts also involve numerous rehearsals and arrangements. Our photo series looks behind the scenes and reveals how the Lucerne Festival Orchestra prepares for its opening concert, what the musicians do in the immediate run-up to the concert, and what happens when they leave the stage.

Platform for young talent

As well as world-famous orchestras, legendary conductors, and virtuosic soloists, Lucerne Festival also provides a platform for young classical artists during the summer festival. It's an opportunity for up-and-coming young talents to showcase themselves and their abilities to an international audience, for example as part of the "Début" series. One of these aspiring young talents is percussionist Marianna Bednarska. Born in Poland in 1993, the musician is the winner of this year's "Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes" – a prize presented to upcoming Swiss and international talents in alternating years with the "Credit Suisse Young Artist Award." Marianna Bednarska won over the competition jury with a broad repertoire of works by Iannis Xenakis, Michael Jarrell, and Johann Sebastian Bach.