Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (German: Luzerner Sinfonieorchester) is a Swiss orchestra based in Lucerne.[1] Its primary concert venue is the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL Luzern).

The precursor ensemble to the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1806, and had the name Allgemeinen Musikgesellschaft Luzern (General Music Society of Lucerne). The orchestra has commissioned new compositions from such composers as David Philip Hefti (Klangbogen) and Wolfgang Rihm (Nähe Fern).[2]

Since 2011, the orchestra's chief conductor is James Gaffigan.[3] Gaffigan has recorded commercially with the orchestra for Harmonia Mundi.[2][4] Gaffigan is scheduled to conclude his chief conductorship of the orchestra at the close of the 2020-2021 season.[5]

In 2010, Michael Sanderling first guest-conducted the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. In November 2019, the orchestra announced the appointment of Sanderling as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2021-2022 season.[6]

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  1. ^ The orchestra is a separate organisation from the ad hoc annual Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
  2. ^ a b Andrew Clements (2013-04-25). "Rihm: Symphonie Nähe Fern – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  3. ^ "LSO verlängert den Vertrag mit Chefdirigenten". Neue Luzerner Zeitung. 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  4. ^ Fiona Maddocks (2014-10-04). "Dvorák: Symphony No 6, American Suite Op 96b CD review – warm, subtle, pin-sharp". The Observer. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  5. ^ Urs Mattenberger (13 August 2019). "Gaffigan gibt Dirigentenstab des Luzerner Sinfonieorchesters ab". Luzerner Zeitung. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  6. ^ "Michael Sanderling wird Chefdirigent des Luzerner Sinfonieorchesters". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. 2019-11-21. Retrieved 2019-11-24.

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