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LacMus Festival Program 2024



As always, the 2024 LacMus Festival musical menu conflates two elements—a main thread, peeping out here and there in the program, and some anniversary tributes. The thread is the Belle époque, an era which, in retrospect, fully deserves its name. During those years, Europe experienced a relative balance of political powers, thus ensuring a few decades of peace and prosperity. Of course, this was made possible by the triumph of colonialism, providing low-cost goods from the rest of the world, by now subjugated, or soon waiting to be. That very sense of peace and prosperity finds its musical equivalent in the quiet bourgeois dimension we can feel in most of period production. The music of the Belle époque hardly hosts heroic gestures or grandiose visions: rather, intimacy, private feelings, and minor daily events are predominant, combined with a fascination for technical progress—that anxiety-charged quest for the “new” that was spreading, together with electric bulbs and the telephone, in the form of daring harmonies and increased orchestration resources. Even the import of colonial goods finds its exact musical equivalent in those bland hints at the exotic — “Oriental” hip shakings, chinoiseries, syncopated rhythms — which were then taken as fascinating glimpses of distant worlds and still draw our attention today, only for the opposite reason—their disarming naivety.

There is no dearth of anniversaries in 2024. One got the lion’s share in the LacMus program—the death centennial of Gabriel Fauré, this sort of noble father of the Belle époque, Ravel’s revered teacher, and a restless forerunner of that very tonal instability that was to spread in European music after him, until it turned into a devastating earthquake, tearing down all solid musical foundations. In the same year 1924, Giacomo Puccini passed away as well. He needs no special celebrations, as he is constantly being performed and listened to worldwide. However, this may be a welcome chance to discover some of his rarities, which place him squarely in the Belle époque climate. A lesser known deadline is the 150th anniversary of Reynaldo Hahn, the French-Venezuelan composer, who fully took part in the fin de siècle cultural climate, was then considered in the same ranks as Debussy and Ravel, but was abruptly forgotten after World War II, having been buried by the avant-garde fury. Today, he might be reconsidered in a more balanced perspective. An exact peer of Hahn’s is Arnold Schoenberg, whose youthful art songs are the most Belle époque creations one can imagine; and yet another is the English composer, Gustav Holst, whose Planets never stopped orbiting in the symphonic repertoire, while the rest of his production has fallen into oblivion.

Finally, a single title reminds us of Luigi Nono’s centennial. As it happens, the chosen piece, Sofferte onde serene, had been penned for Maurizio Pollini, who left us while this program was being put together. Hopefully, the performance of that masterful composition is a welcome opportunity to remember both men.

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Sofferte onde serene
Villa del Balbianello
Tue 09 Jul 2024 at 08:30 PM

COVERED VERANDA: € 65.00 + payment fees / GARDEN - No visibility: € 35.00 + payment fees

Sofferte onde serene
Museo del Paesaggio del Lago di Como
LacMus Educational: Alla scoperta della Musica
Parco del Museo del Paesaggio del Lago di Como
Wed 10 Jul 2024 at 10:30 AM

Sound-musical workshop for children aged 3 to 6.
Free admission by reservation

LacMus Educational: Alla scoperta della Musica
Contemplazione a San Benedetto
Abbazia di San Benedetto in Val Perlana
Thu 11 Jul 2024 at 11:30 AM

FREE CONCERT without reservation

Contemplazione a San Benedetto
Young Stars at the Balbianello
Villa del Balbianello
Thu 11 Jul 2024 at 08:30 PM

COVERED VERANDA: € 65.00 + payment fees / GARDEN - No visibility: € 35.00 + payment fees

Young Stars at the Balbianello
PRE-CONCERT TALK for the concert “Hommage à Gabriel Fauré”
Museo del Paesaggio del Lago di Como
Fri 12 Jul 2024 at 11:30 AM

Free admission by reservation

PRE-CONCERT TALK for the concert “Hommage à Gabriel Fauré”
Hommage à Gabriel Fauré
Villa Carlotta
Fri 12 Jul 2024 at 08:30 PM

Full Price: € 45.00 + payment fees

Hommage à Gabriel Fauré
Auguri Giacomo!
Villa Melzi d'Eril
Sat 13 Jul 2024 at 08:30 PM

Full Price: € 50.00 + payment fees

Auguri Giacomo!
Musical Greenway
Greenway del Lago di Como
Sun 14 Jul 2024 at 05:30 PM

Musical walk along a section of the Lake Como Greenway

Full Price: € 35.00 + payment fees

Musical Greenway
Vive les amateurs!
Piazzetta Brenna
Sun 14 Jul 2024 at 08:30 PM

In cooperation with PianoLink

Full Price: € 10.00 + payment fees

Vive les amateurs!
Notturni in riva al lago
Piazzetta Brenna
Sun 14 Jul 2024 at 11:00 PM

In cooperation with PianoLink

Included in "Vive les amateurs!" concert ticket

Notturni in riva al lago
Barcarole
Museo Barca Lariana
Mon 15 Jul 2024 at 06:00 PM

Full Price: € 40.00 + payment fees

Barcarole
PRE-CONCERT TALK for the concert “Musical Meditations at the Sanctuary”
Santuario della Beata Vergine del Soccorso
Tue 16 Jul 2024 at 05:30 PM

Free admission by reservation

PRE-CONCERT TALK for the concert “Musical Meditations at the Sanctuary”
Musical Meditations at the Sanctuary
Santuario della Beata Vergine del Soccorso
Tue 16 Jul 2024 at 06:30 PM

FREE CONCERT - Reservation required

Musical Meditations at the Sanctuary
Fontane e pini a Villa Carlotta
Villa Carlotta
Wed 17 Jul 2024 at 08:30 PM

Full Price: € 45.00 + payment fees

Fontane e pini a Villa Carlotta
Paganini a Castello Durini
Castello Durini
Thu 18 Jul 2024 at 08:30 PM

In cooperation with the International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini”

Full Price: € 60.00 + payment fees

Paganini a Castello Durini
Un mondo di melodie dalla Belle Époque
Villa del Balbianello
Fri 19 Jul 2024 at 08:30 PM

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Un mondo di melodie dalla Belle Époque
Danze a otto mani
Parco Teresio Olivelli
Sat 20 Jul 2024 at 09:00 PM

Full Price: € 35.00 + payment fees

Danze a otto mani
Risveglio musicale all’alba
Giardini a lago nel Parco di Mezzegra
Sun 21 Jul 2024 at 06:00 AM

Full Price: € 35.00 + payment fees

Risveglio musicale all’alba
La Belle Époque
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Sun 21 Jul 2024 at 07:00 PM

Full Price: € 55.00 + payment fees

La Belle Époque