Breaking: Currentzis slaps greedy Lucernemain
We have received the following message from musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis, nullifying the Lucerne Festival’s plan to sell tickets for their rehearsals for $100 each. Here’s what they write:
As tickets are being sold for the open rehearsal of musicAeterna (conducted by Teodor Currentzis), which is planned for April 3 as part of the Lucerne festival, we would like to inform you that a mistake has occurred on the festival administration’s part and will be corrected as soon as possible. All musicAeterna’s open rehearsals are free for the audience to attend; the same goes for master classes, lectures and other educational projects curated by Teodor Currentzis in Russia and Europe. This is maestro’s position of principle.
The educational programme is a vital part of musicAeterna’s activity and ideology: in modern art, the audience is just as much a notable part of the creative process as the authors and performers are. A number of projects by Teodor Currentzis are accompanied by the ‘contemporary listener’ laboratory – educational events such as open rehearsals, meetups with artists, and master classes; this way, the audience can study the performed piece in great detail and witness the process of its creation.
We expect the Lucerne festival officials to refund any payments received for the tickets and to organize free attendance for the open rehearsal.