The first audience to preview the new concert hall of the LAC theatre were schoolchildren when they recently attended the annual school Concerts, organised by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (OSI - Orchestra of Italian Switzerland).
This was a deliberate choice which put into practice the commitment to make the LAC a concert hall for all, with a symbolic welcome to the new generations who represent the Arts Centre’s present - and above all future - audience. The occasion also had a functional purpose as a dress rehearsal for the hall ahead of the official inauguration in September.
The packed hall was filled with the rythms and melodies of El Amor Brujo (Wedded by Witchcraft) by Manuel de Falla; Philippe Beran - as a well-known expert and specialist in children’s concerts - was summoned to conduct the OSI.
The audience’s attention was captured by the mezzo-soprano Marina Viotti, resplendent in a gypsy costume, who interpreted the magical love story. The enchantment created by the event was heightened by Federico Soldati’s magic show co-ordinated with the music and which alternated with the pieces performed by the orchestra.
The Concerts enabled the young audience to discover the theatre hall with its curtains, the fly tower which is among the highest in Switzerland, the modular acoustic shell and all those small details which in a theatre contribute towards creating emotions and dreams.