Teodor Currentzis & musicAeterna Announce Lucerne Residency

By David Salazar

Conductor Teodor Currentzis and his musicAeterna are set to present their first international residency in Lucerne this October.

The residency will take place between Oct. 6-8 with attendees able to engage in masterclasses, roundtables, and live performances.

On Oct. 6, participants will engage with modern academic music, specifically French composer Philippe Hersant’s chorus opera “Tristia.” The performance in Lucerne will feature a podium discussion between Currentzis and Hersant. Audiences will also get to see the opera in conjunction with such films as “The Word” and “Hidden Life” for added perspective.

On Oct. 7, Currentzis will give a masterclass featuring two conductors working on sections of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Additionally, Dutch choreographer Nanine Linning will provide two masterclasses for dancers and allow for an experience of the famed “Adagietto” through movement.

On that day, audiences will get to hear “Ten Poems on Texts by Revolutionary Poets” by Shostakovich. The a cappella choir cycle will feature the musicAeterna choir under Fedor Lednev. There will also be a showcase of Smirnov’s “Prayers from St. John Chrysostom’s Liturgy.”

The final day will feature a performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony by Currentzis and musicAeterna orchestra. Additionally, composer Alexey Retinsky will present a new work produced for this event.

The residency was originally set to take place earlier in the year but was postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.