Sep 05 2017

Lucerne Festival Fondue

Published by at 7:25 pm under PSO 2017 European Tour

The Pittsburgh Symphony moved from London to Lucerne Switzerland through the pristine Zurich airport and a one hour bus ride. Principal Bass Jeff Turner and I called Anna Singer standing in front of the Harrod’s store at Heathrow airport. Jeff has the off kilter folk song bass solo heard in the Mahler First Symphony which provided a big roar from the Royal Albert Hall on Monday night. British superstar chef Gordon Ramsay has a restaurant at Heathrow and travelers were taking pictures in front of the Harry Potter store.

Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Double Bass Jeffery Turner at Heathrow airport

Lake Lucerne  flows right into the modern design of Jean Nouvel where the Concertgebouw Orcehstra of Amsterdam played Mahler’s 4th Symphony this evening.  Excursion boats are docked in front of the concert hall. You can see the Schweizerhof Hotel with colorful lit windows where President Obama stayed on a state visit.

The KKL concert hall at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland

Banners for the Summer Festival float in the breeze from lake Lucerne

Cut outs in front of the concert hall invite passers by to substitute their own image in Anne Sophie Mutter’s stance.

Looking across Lake Lucerne from the KKL concert hall to the Schweizerhof Hotel

The train station next door includes lots of shopping. The Coop grocery has large displays of fondue and cheeses for raclette. I had not seen a fresh orange juice squeezing machine quite like the operation here.

Fresh orange juice!

Fondue from Lucerne Switzerland in the supermarket

Individual fondue portions ready to make a great meal

Hard boiled eggs ready for that Swiss picnic

From the grocery store I returned to the concert hall where a 10pm Interval program began with Moritz Little Night Music. Moritz appears to be a local personality who presents a short program cabaret style with several interviews and a musical interlude, sound effects. visuals and an onstage silent side kick bar tender who shines glasses while the music and interviews take place. Moritz introduced the principal trombone of the Concertgebouw Orchestra who played a short piece by Honegger and discussed the difficulty of  playing the trombone solo from Ravel’s  Bolero.

The Interval lounge in the KKL concert hall Lucerne

Moritz interviews the trombone from the Concertgebouw Orchestra in a late night event at the Lucerne Festival

Wednesday September 6 the Pittsburgh Symphony returns to the KKL with Anne Sophie Mutter and Manfred Honeck for the Dvorak Violin Concerto, Dvorak’s Rusalka Fantasy and the Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6. if you “friend” the festival on Facebook you should be able to figure out how to see the Facebook live streaming of the concert around 3pm Eastern time. There should also be a link from the Lucerne Festival website.