Belle Époque

Belle Époque

and The First Viennese School

02 Jun 2023

Belle Époque and The First Viennese School

Lucerne Symphonic Orchestra Concert in the Kursaal


Friday, 2 June 2023, from 19:30h 


Luzerner Sinfonieorchester

𝄞 Mr. Michael Sanderling, Principal conductor

𝄞 Yunchan Lim, Piano

𝄞 Soloists of the Lucerne Symphonic Orchestra


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)

Sinfonie Nr. 4 in A-Dur op. 90, „Italienische“ (MWV N 16)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Klavierkonzert Nr. 20 in d-Moll, KV 466


Our VIP Package

Although the concert is sold out, Kempinski Palace Engelberg still offers its guests the unique opportunity to be part of this special evening with an extraordinary package that includes not only attending the concert but also an unforgettable experience with dinner and overnight stay. The package includes:

  • Two VIP concert tickets.
  • One night stay in a luxurious double room including Kempinski breakfast from 2 to 3 June 2023.
  • 3-course dinner for two with corresponding wines at the Cattani Restaurant before the concert.
  • Unlimited access to Kempinski The Spa.
  • VAT included.

CHF 950 for two persons


Reserve Now

Contact our Reservations Department on T +41 41 639 7575 or email [email protected]



Background Story

From his hotel bed, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy looked out directly onto Engelberg Monastery. That was in August 1831, and this view so inspired the young composer that he painted watercolours of Engelberg. “I have done nothing all day but draw and play the organ. This morning I was on organist duty. It was splendid. The organ is right next to the high altar, next to the choir stalls for the priests.” There is no doubt that Mendelssohn was very taken with Engelberg and its monastery. His visit was part of a two-year educational tour that also took him to Italy. It was here that he was inspired to write his “Italian Symphony”, his fourth. This work of sunny brilliance and spirited exuberance has an authentically Italian feel.

Mozart also visited Switzerland as part of his “wunderkind” travels (the young composer and pianist was only seven years old at the time). Whilst he didn’t make it to Engelberg, he left his mark on the Mittelland, which he crossed from Geneva via Lausanne, Berne, Zurich, Winterthur and Schaffhausen. He did not write any “Swiss” compositions of particular note, being still so young, but a good twenty years later – now in Vienna and at the height of his creative powers – he wrote what is probably his most important piano concerto, the D minor concerto K.466. It is especially significant because of its sombre key; Mozart’s Requiem is also in D minor. This is highly unusual for a piano concerto, and for this reason it stands out like a monolith amongst Mozart’s 27 magnificent piano concertos.


The Kursaal

History has been made and music has always been performed in the Kursaal Engelberg from the Belle Époque. This magnificent hall from 1902 offers an ideal ambience for musical treasures.

More information about the Kursaal