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LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Presentation of the 2019/2020 season

Etienne Reymond, Artistic Director

Dear LuganoMusica friends,

For the 2019/2020 season, we have decided to strike a fair balance between personalities who are now "at home" in Lugano - such as Yuri Temirkanov, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Muti, Giovanni Antonini and Gabriela Montero - and artists who we will be welcoming for the first time, such as Grigory Sokolov, Jordi Savall and Gil Shaham.

The presence of one of the world's oldest orchestras will be one of the season's highlights. The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig will be with us for two concerts. We already discovered the merit of the orchestra's musical director back in 2015, when Andris Nelsons attended the last edition of the Lugano Festival. The young Latvian conductor is nowadays acclaimed in the main cultural capitals, including Berlin, Vienna, London and Boston.

Rudolf Buchbinder, whose recital last season at the LAC was a fascinating experience, will be the first of the two soloists to perform with the Gewandhausorchester. He will be followed the cellist Gautier Capuçon, our Artist-in-residence for the entire season.

Felix Mendelssohn was one of the Gewandhausorchester's most prestigious "Kapellmeisters". A selection of his most beautiful achievements will appear in several symphonic programmes and chamber music concerts.

A further tribute will be given to one of Switzerland's greatest living artists, Heinz Holliger, who has just celebrated his 80th birthday. LuganoMusica also desires to continue to offer baroque masterpieces to its public. I Barocchisti will therefore be back with Diego Fasolis for Bach's Christmas Oratorio. We are equally very proud to welcome once again Riccardo Muti, who much appreciated his previous visit to the LAC. The Maestro will be conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its first appearance in Lugano.

Another orchestra with a long-standing tradition will come from central Switzerland, home of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester.

Finally, we will be able to appreciate a female conductor for the first time on the LAC's stage. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, is one of the most fascinating musical personalities of the young generation. The Orchestra Mozart will be back for the Easter Concerts, this time conducted by Daniele Gatti. The fantastic percussionist Simone Rubino, who gave in June 2017 a recital that was nothing short of incandescent, will be returning to Lugano for a recital and an international masterclass.

The success of last season's Barber of Seville is still a vivid memory that has encouraged us to plan a new opera production. Before heading off to China with the Milan Scala Company, Diego Fasolis will conduct in Lugano a concert version of Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera. At the close of the season, Markus Poschner and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana will present Verdi's La Traviata, with a fascinating stage design entirely made of mirrors.

We wish you a fulfilling and magnificent 2019/2020 Season.

Etienne Reymond
Artistic Director