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Festival: Settimane Musicali di Ascona


September 4th – October 11th, 2019

For over 70 years the Settimane Musical di Ascona, one of the most important classical music festivals in Switzerland, present a program that alternates between major symphonic concerts, chamber music and solo recitals. All of the world’s most famous performers have appeared in Ascona at least once, and many have returned many times.

Directed by renowned Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi, the program of the 74th Settimane Musicali, from September 4 to October 11, includes eleven main concerts in the evocative churches of San Francesco in Locarno and Collegio Papio in Ascona.

This edition’s rich bill features the famous duo composed of Charles Dutoit and Martha Argerich, stars such as Renaud Capuçon, Marc André Hamelin (in a tribute to Alexis Weissenberg) or the famed Emerson Quartet, great orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra directed by the Lahav Shani, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (with Francesco Piemontesi as soloist in an event dedicated to the influence of popular Hungarian music in the work of composers such as Liszt, Haydn, Bartok, Kodaly, and others), the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (at their first Ascona performance with a fascinating program dedicated to Sibelius and Nordic music), as well as the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, whose artistic development - under the baton of principal conductor Markus Poschner - was recognised in 2018 by the prestigious International Classical Music Award (ICMA).

One new initiative that stands out this year is an extraordinary performance by acclaimed pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who will present Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux over the course of a special day in four separate venues between dawn and night time.

Tickets prices range from CHF 20.00 to 140.00 according to the concert and category.

For full information visit the Settimane Musicali di Ascona website.

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LocarnoRotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra & Lahav Shani

© Hans van der Woerd
Mozart, Bruckner
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Lahav Shani

AsconaPierre-Laurent Aimard

© Marco Borggreve
Messiaen: Catalogue d'oiseaux, for solo piano
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano

LocarnoOrchestra della Svizzera italiana, Charles Dutoit & Martha Argerich

Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Charles Dutoit & Martha Argerich
Ravel, Beethoven, Haydn
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana; Charles Dutoit; Martha Argerich

AsconaLa Cetra Barockorchester Basel & AVES Ensemble der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

La Cetra Barockorchester Basel & AVES Ensemble der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
Merulo, Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Usper, Grandi
La Cetra Baroque Orchestra; Andrea Marcon; Vokalensemble der Schola Cantorum Basel

AsconaMarc-André Hamelin

© Fran Kaufman
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Schumann, Weissenberg, Fauré, Chopin
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano