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Guide to LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello | EMI Classics

Lugano 2019-20: A-list performers, Beethoven and Mendelssohn

The new season at LuganoMusica offers an eclectic programme focusing on core Romantic repertoire featuring a stellar line-up of talents.
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AddressPiazza Bernardino Luini, 6
ContainsSala Teatro
Google maps45° 59' 57.111" N 8° 56' 54.420" E
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LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura is a new cultural centre in Lugano dedicated to the visual arts, music and the performing arts, which promises to become one of Switzerland’s most important cultural institutions, with the aim of promoting a wide range of art and establishing Lugano as a cultural crossroads between northern and southern Europe.

The striking architectural structure, which overlooks the lake, will provide space for a rich programme of exhibitions, events, musical events and theatre and dance performances, along with a variety of cultural initiatives. LAC will also be home to the newly-created Museo d'Arte della Svizzera italiana (Art Museum of Italian Switzerland), formed by the amalgamation of the Cantonal Art Museum and the Art Museum of the City of Lugano. A new 1,000 seat concert and theatre venue, entirely wood-panelled and fitted with a special modular and removable acoustic shell, is ready for a varied programme of performances and concerts.

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LuganoMariinsky Theatre Orchestra

© Daniel Vass
Mendelssohn, Ravel, Scriabin
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Abisal Gergiev

LuganoKit Armstrong

© JF Mousseau
Mozart, Bach, Byrd
Kit Armstrong, Piano

LuganoTonhalle Orchester Zürich and Paavo Järvi

© Zdenek Chrapek
Pärt, Chopin, Mozart
Tonhalle Orchester Zürich; Paavo Järvi; Maria João Pires

LuganoEnsemble Claudiana and Wiener Sängerknaben

© Lukas Beck
Luca Pianca; Ensemble Claudiana; Wiener Sängerknaben; Joanne Lunn; Marie-Claude Chappuis
Emmanuel Pahud © Josef Fischnaller

Innovation and versatility: Emmanuel Pahud in Lugano

Emmanuel Pahud talks style, versatility, and working with living composers in anticipation for his upcoming residency in Lugano.
© LAC-Foto Studio Pagi

LAC: home to LuganoMusica and more

Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) is what German speakers have described as a Kulturpol. The Orchestra della Svizzera italiana calls this place home. So do no less than four other arts organisations.
Interview with Patricia Kopatchinskaja
© LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura 2018
© LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura 2018
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St Petersburg meets Beethoven and Mahler in Lugano

Ion Marin © Stas Levshin
Ion Marin and the St Petersburg Philharmonic perform in the beautiful LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura.
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Haitink and the Mozart Orchestra go out with a bang in Lugano

Bernard Haitink conducts Orchestra Mozart © D. Vass
So full of youthful vigor was this concert that it was hard to believe that Haitink is now 90 years old.
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Lakeside in Lugano

Daniel Müller-Schott © Uwe Arens
Two young, widely championed string players – violinist/pianist Julia Fischer and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott – recently joined to perform an eclectic concert at the city’s stunning new concert hall.
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Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Behind the Scenes
© LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura 2018
© LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura 2018