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LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Presentation of the 2018/2019 season

Etienne Reymond, Artistic Director

Dear friends of LuganoMusica,

The 2018/2019 programme promises to be rich, varied and innovative.
The season will open in a festive mood with Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the LAC's very first opera production, which will be conducted by Diego Fasolis and staged by Carmelo Rifici. The RSI, the LAC, LuganoInScena and LuganoMusica have joined forces for a large-scale production worthy of the LAC and Lugano.

Another innovation will be the common thread "The 1920s". The period stretching from the end of the First World War to Maurice Ravel's Boléro is full of fascinating questions and artistic novelty. We will explore this theme over the course of several symphony concerts, the string quartet weekend and two chamber music concerts specially designed for the occasion.

In the second half of the season, we will have the great privilege of welcoming the world's two greatest orchestras: the Wiener Philharmoniker in January and the Berliner Philharmoniker in May. Both concerts promise to be exceptional evenings.

An artist-in-residence will again be part of the programme. We will have the pleasure of welcoming our compatriot Emmanuel Pahud, undoubtedly the most celebrated flautist of our time, for three concerts and a masterclass open to the public. Pahud will be accompanied for one of these concerts by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which will be celebrating its centenary in the course of the 2018/2019 season. Other guest orchestras include the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Kirill Petrenko, chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Daniel Harding will appear twice in Lugano: in September with his Orchestre de Paris and in May at the head of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The Bamberger Symphoniker, an orchestra with a long Bohemian tradition, will perform the whole of BedÅ™ich Smetana's cycle Má Vlast, which contains the famous Vltava. We will also listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Lugano-born Luca Pianca. In January, András Schiff will devote a whole concert to Mozart at the head of the orchestra he created.

There will be no shortage of excellent artists from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. In addition to Diego Fasolis - who will partake in the opera production previously mentioned along with I Barocchisti and the Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera - and Luca Pianca, we shall also welcome the Quartetto Energie Nove, who will perform one of the three concerts during the string quartet weekend.  Furthermore, teachers from the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana and several soloists from the OSI will give the two chamber music concerts devoted to the "1920s".  In association with LuganoInScena, we will also be presenting Sinatra in agony, one of Oscar Bianchi's most recent compositions.

Etienne Reymond
Artistic Director