On Tuesday morning, the Philharmonie and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, OPL) presented their programme for the 2016/17 season. The varied programming calls on the best musicians in all kinds of music, with the prospect of exciting discoveries, and plenty of events for young audiences.
End your working day with a musical note
After a very successful first year with its musical director Gustavo Gimeno, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra will be emphasising dialogue with its audience with a new 'L'heure de pointe' (rush hour) series. It's a great way to get better acquainted with the OPL, its director, and the milestones of the orchestral repertoire. As the title indicates, the concerts in this series start at 7 p.m., and last an hour. So the audience is invited to end the working day with a brief escape into the world of the orchestra. After the concert, the conductor and the musicians gather in the foyer to meet the audience in a relaxed setting.
Gustavo Gimeno will be directing his first opera with the OPL at the Grand Théâtre - Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'. During the 2016/17 season he will be conducting no fewer than 27 concerts with the OPL - 19 in the Grand Duchy (16 at the Philharmonie, two at the Grand Théâtre, and one in Ettelbruck) and eight elsewhere (Spain, Netherlands, Austria and Germany).
A concert hall full of stars
Great orchestras and internationally famous conductors as well as world-famous soloists will be there for the 2016/17 season - the Vienna, New York and Munich philharmonic orchestras will delight Luxembourg audiences, as will soloists of the likes of Thomas Hampson, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hélène Grimaud, Diana Damrau, Daniil Trifonov, Sir András Schiff and Denis Matsuev. Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniele Gatti, Mariss Jansons, Gustavo Dudamel, Riccardo Chailly - these are the conductors who will be leaving their mark on Luxembourgish audiences.
And the programme is not confined to classical music. Stars of jazz, of the likes of Chick Corea, and the cinema, such as John Malkovich, will pull in crowds for an unforgettable evening of their musical performances.
In addition to this programming, music from Portuguese-speaking countries, chamber music and jazz will all be to the fore, with dedicated events and series. And with conductor Valery Gergiev, violinist Janine Jansen, pianist Stefano Bollini and composer and pianist Jean-François Zygel, four extraordinary talents will be in residence.
Aimed at young audiences
In the 160 concerts intended for young audiences each year, interaction plays an important part. With the new workshops, the possibilities for taking part, creating and making music together will be extended further: the orchestra conducting licence, body percussion, and the Luxembourg Summer Jazz School are just a few examples of the many activities open to young people - from birth up to the age of 25! - enabling them to discover music in an active fashion.
In 2015, 191,705 visitors attended one of the 446 events held at the Philharmonie. In all, the Philharmonie will have had more than 1.7 million visitors since it opened in 2005. Since 26 June 2005, the building - designed by Christian de Portzamparc - has ranked among the Grand Duchy's architectural jewels. The 823 columns that form the outer walls have seen more than 1.5 million visitors pass through in the space of 11 years. Become one of them!
(Source: press release from the Philharmonie)