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Orchestra set to return to Lucerne Music Festival

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra during last year's Lucerne International Musical Festival

(Keystone Archive)

The International Music Festival in Lucerne is set to have its own official orchestra for the first time in a decade.

The orchestra was a popular part of the acclaimed festival for decades when it performed under the name "Swiss Festival Orchestra". But this orchestra was disbanded in 1993 and replaced by the short-lived "Lucerne Festival Orchestra".

The new group of instrumentalists, to be known once again as the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, will make an inaugural appearance at the festival in August 2003 when it will perform three symphonies.

Most of the musicians who have already been recruited to join the new orchestra are members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Others being signed up to take part include the German clarinettist, Sabine Meyer and the French-Swiss flautist, Emmanuel Pahud.

swissinfo with agencies


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