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Pablo Heras-Casado Replaces Injured Pierre Boulez at September's Lucerne Festival   Print

by Logan K. Young
August 6, 2013
French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Canadian folkie Joni Mitchell pose after sharing the one million crown ($150,000) Polar Prize from the King of Sweden. Thankfully, Mitchell will not be conducting Boulez (or Berio) at Lucerne.
(Photo © Reuters)

Due to a fracture in his shoulder, Pierre Boulez will not be able to not hold a baton to conduct his two scheduled concerts at September's Lucerne Festival.

As artistic director of the Lucerne Festival's Academy, the venerable maître will, however, attend all rehearsals for the September 7 and 9 concerts. Boulez will be present, too, for the pre-concert lectures and discussions on those dates.

Because of course he will.

Fresh off his well-received disc of Verdi with Plácido Domingo for Sony Classical, Pablo Heras-Casado will take Pierre Boulez's place on the podium for the following rep:

Saturday, September 7:

Dieter Ammann: unbalanced instability for violin and orchestra (a commission by WDR and the Lucerne Festival, with support from Pro Helvetia), Swiss première

Pierre Boulez: Cummings ist der Dichter / Le soleil des eaux

Monday, September 9:

Anton Webern: Cantata No. 2, Op. 31 / Variations for orchestra, Op. 30 / Cantata No. 1, Op. 29

Igor Stravinsky: Le roi des étoiles

Béla Bartók: Cantata Profana, Sz. 94

Heras-Casado will also conduct two other works originally on this evening's program: Alban Berg's Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 30 and Luciano Berio's Corale (su Sequenza VIII).


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