Midori and the Festival Strings Lucerne perform in front of a large audience at the KKL Luzern on 1 July 2021 (June 2021)

Following the Swiss Federal Council’s decision to allow large-scale events in enclosed spaces again, the KKL Luzern, the Festival Strings Lucerne and violinist Midori are sending out a sign of life for the entire industry by playing a concert on July 1 in front of more than 1,000 guests.

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 19:30 (CET), KKL Luzern
Festival Strings Lucerne, Daniel Dodds
Midori – violin
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 61
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B major Op. 60

The concert with Midori and the Beethoven Violin Concerto as well as the Fourth Symphony op. 60 composed immediately beforehand in the fall of 1806 is symbolic in many ways. The concert had initially been scheduled for 1 March 2020, as Festival Strings Lucerne’s contribution to the 2020 Beethoven Year. With the announcement of the first restrictions at the beginning of the pandemic on 28 February 2020, the concert was the first major event at the KKL Luzern that had to be canceled and postponed due to the pandemic.

The cancellation of the concert was used as an opportunity to produce a CD with Midori and the Festival Strings Lucerne in the empty hall under studio conditions. This CD could then be released in October 2020 by Warner Classics.

Midori is one of the outstanding violinists of our time and is also considered a visionary, activist, and educator. In May 2021, Midori was awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime artistic achievement in her home country of the USA. The event took place in Washington D. C. and included an invitation to the White House.


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