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Lucerne Festival Strings 50th Anniversary Tour Comes to Pomona College

The Lucerne Festival Strings, which was awarded the Hansen Memorial Visiting Artist Residency for 2006-2007, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a tour of the U.S. and Mexico. The anniversary concert includes a concert at Pomona College on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.

Established in 1956 by Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Rudolf Baumgartner, the renowned chamber orchestra from Switzerland regularly performs in European music centers and tours extensively throughout the world. The Lucerne Festival Strings appears at such prominent festivals such as Ankara, Prague, Eisenstadt, Ludwigsburg and Rheingau.

At home, the orchestra can be heard annually at the Lucerne Festival as well as its own concert series. The chamber orchestra, which is the Lucerne Academy of Music's “Ensemble in Residence,” has been directed by Achim Fiedler since 1998.

The concert will be held in Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th Street), and the orchestra, under the direction of Fiedler, will present music by Bach (“Contrapunctus no. I and IV” from “The Art of Fugue BWV 1080” and “Ricercar a sei voci” from “Musical Offering BWV 1079”), Haydn (“Concerto for violin and orchestra in C major Hob. Vlla.:1”), Shostakovich (“String Quartet no.8 in C minor op.110”), and Stravinsky (“Concerto in D for string orchestra”).

This event is sponsored by the Pomona College Music Department. For more information call: (909) 621-8155.

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