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Lucerne Festival Reported Record Occupancy Rate

The festival, based in Lucerne, Switzerland, had a 96% occupancy rate this year with 41,000 concertgoers


Offering 89 events between August 10 and September 12, the festival planned to target a wide variety of audiences. 29 of the events were completely free, 47 events were sold out, and 29 of the symphony concerts had an average capacity of 99%.

This year’s program focused on “crazy” music, works, and composers. This includes music by Robert Schumann, the opera Partenope by George Frideric Handel, and unusual concert formats.

The festival featured numerous guest performances — including the Berlin Philharmonic with Kirill Petrenko, the Royal Concertgebouworkest with Daniel Harding, the Vienna Philharmonic with Herbert Blomstedt, the Bamberg Symphony with Jakub Hrůša, the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle, the Berlin Baroque Soloists with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Roberto González-Monjas, and the Mariinksy Orchestra with Valery Gergiev.

The Lucerne Festival adapted the program as well as performance conditions to meet the requirements set forth by the Swiss federal government regarding COVID-19.

All concerts did not have an intermission, masks were mandatory throughout the concerts, the capacity of the KKL Luzern Concert Hall was limited to 1,000 people, and some of the ensembles were smaller than originally planned.

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september 2023

21sepAll Day03octKronberg Academy Festival(All Day) Kronberg Academy, Beethovenpl. 1, 61476 Kronberg im Taunus, GermanyEvent Type :OtherFOLLOW

26sepAll Day30Trondheim International Piano Trio Competition(All Day) Frimurerlogen i Trondhjem Selskapslokaler, Kongens gate 3, 7011 Trondheim, NorwayEvent Type :competitions Event TagsTrondheim International Chamber Music CompetitionFOLLOW

october 2023

16octAll Day27"Premio Paganini" International Violin Competition(All Day) Teatro Carlo Felice, Passo Eugenio Montale, 4, 16121 Genova GE, ItalyEvent Type :competitions Event Tags"Premio Paganini" International Violin Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW

20oct1:00 pm5:00 pmLillian & Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls RdEvent Type :competitions Event TagsLillian & Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach CompetitionFOLLOW

23octAll Day29Concours de Genève International Music Competition — String Quartet(All Day) Victoria Hall, Rue du Général-Dufour 14, 1204 Genève, SwitzerlandEvent Type :competitions Event TagsConcours de Genève,string quartetFOLLOW

28octAll Day05novISANGYUN International Piano Competition(All Day) Tongyeon Concert Hall, 38, Keunbalgae 1-Gil Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, 53079 South KoreaEvent Type :competitions Event TagsIsangYun International Piano Competition,Piano CompetitionFOLLOW


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