On 27 August Anne-Sophie Mutter premieres Thomas Adès’ Air with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by the composer. Air was commissioned by Roche as part of Roche Commissions for the Lucerne Festival and co-commissioned by Anne-Sophie Mutter, Carnegie Hall, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Adès describes the 15-minute piece as “something shaped as a single arc rather than a concerto…The idea was more of a breath or a statement—We agreed it should be an extended aria.”