Lucerne Festival: Barbara Hannigan Leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Barbara Hannigan conducts the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Conductor and singer Barbara Hannigan's performances have become 'must see' events. (Musacchio and Ianniellos)

Canadian conductor and singer Barbara Hannigan is a star, a stage animal and a great musician who is breaking new ground. Her performances have become “must see” events. At 9 pm on Tuesday, hear Hannigan's return to the Lucerne Festival with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra playing works by Debussy, Sibelius, Haydn, Berg and Gershwin.

Program details:
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Barbara Hannigan, conductor

Claude Debussy: Syrinx for solo flute
Jean Sibelius: Luonnotar, Op 70. Symphonic Poem for Soprano and Orchestra
Joseph Haydn: Symphony in D major
Alban Berg: Lulu Suite
George Gershwin: Suite from Girl Crazy 

The theme of this year's Lucerne Festival was “Prima Donna” highlighting female conductors, soloists and composers. WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon had a chance to sit down with Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki, who was there to work with Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. Listen to their conversation:

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