Summer Festival

11.08. - 10.09.2017


The 2017 Festival theme

In the summer of 2017, LUCERNE FESTIVAL focuses on a theme that is highly topical and political: “Identity.” We plan to explore the musical manifestations of this concept – a concept that acquires new significance amid today’s heated discussions of globalization, migration, and isolationism.

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Michael van der Aa © Renske Vrolijk

Michel van der Aa


He combines high tech with emotional power: the Dutch artist Michel van der Aa is a composer, filmmaker, and director, all in one. He uses innovative digital technologies to bring music theater into the 21st century.

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“artistes étoiles”

The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the young cellist Jay Campbell are the two “artistes étoiles” we have invited: artists who follow their own distinctive paths and who radically re-examine the very identity of classical music in fresh ways.

"artistes étoiles"
Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Marco Borggreve
Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Peter Fischli/LUCERNE FESTIVAL

Monteverdi Triology

450 years ago saw the birth of Claudio Monteverdi. Sir John Eliot Gardiner celebrates “ll divino Claudio,” as his contemporaries called him, by conducting all three of his surviving operas over a five-day period.

Monteverdi Triology

“Special Event Day”

A Sunday full of music: the big Special Event Day on 27 August offers a chance to immerse yourself in the colorful world of the Festival from morning to evening. We’ve put together a total of 14 concerts exploring this year’s theme of “Identity.”

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Check out a concert on the spur of the moment!

A relaxed way to enjoy LUCERNE FESTIVAL

LUCERNE FESTIVAL is more than the symphony concerts that take place in the evening. It also means the open-air concerts on the shore of Lake Lucerne, live performance acts in a loung club setting, talks, and 40min, the series of short concerts: these make the entire city reverberate with the Festival mood. 


More than a musical appetizer and yet not as long as a complete concert: set aside 40 minutes to enjoy some music.

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Encores & Late Night Show in the KKL Luzern’s foyer – the Festival meeting point in a relaxed lounge atmosphere before and after the concert.


At the Buvette

Open-air concerts on the shore of Lake Lucerne – with views of the enchanting panorama


In the Streets

The small but excellent world music festival within the Festival has Lucerne's old city echoing with music.

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Visual art meets music: "Soundzz.z.zzz…z" combines these different arts.

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Let's Talk About Music!

The more you know, the more you can hear: presentations, panel discussions, and concert introductions enrich your experience of the music.

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Radio Identity

Radio Identity

Adults and youngsters from across Switzerland who come from a refugee or immigrant background will visit the Festival for a day, at the conclusion of which they produce an hour-long radio program.


From the Recital to the Symphony Concert

International classical music stars in the heart of Switzerland

Four-and-a-half weeks of world class music: experience the legedary conductors, the solo virtuosos, and of course the matchless "parade" of top international orchestras.

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© Patrick Hürlimann/LUCERNE FESTIVAL


Concerts for children and families

Exciting and age-appropriate concerts speically aimed at children and young people – and all this at family-friendly prices: an ideal way for young listeners to find their way into the world of music!
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Master Classes

LUCERNE FESTIVAL was never a mere way station. Ever since the Festival was founded, the great musicians who have performed here have always regarded Lucerne as a refuge, far removed from the hubbub of routine teaching, where they can share and pass on their knowledge and experience to the younger generation – from Edwin Fischer, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, and Rafael Kubelík to today.
Master Class in Conducting
© Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL

Special Offers & Discounts

  • Bring youngsters to the concert for free

    What could be lovelier than introducing young listeners to the enchanting world of classical music? When you buy a ticket for selected events of LUCERNE FESTIVAL, you will receive a free ticket allowing you to share the concert with a young guest.

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  • Special Offers & Discounts for students

    School and university students can obtain discounted tickets for CHF 20 at the box office right before the concert and when buying tickets in advance. And with the "5 for 4" voucher, five discounted ticket vouchers can be purchased for the price of four. Tickets for selected concerts at a reduced price of CHF 20 are now on sale at the end of June. An up-to-date list of current specials as well as further information on how to order can be found on this page.

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