Lucerne shooting shakes town of Menznau Wednesday, 27 February, 2013Three people are dead and seven hospitalised after a man shot at his colleagues this morning at their place of work in the village of Menznau, in the canton of Lucerne. The shooter was a machine operator at Kronospan. According to another employee who spoke to the local newspaper Neue Luzerner Zeitung, the 42-year-old family man was said to have mental health problems but was never aggressive. WRS’s Jo Fahy reports from Menznau:
Summer Festivals 2010: The world's biggest philharmonics in Lucerne Friday, 27 August, 2010The Lucerne Festival showcases some of the biggest names in the philharmonic world playing a number of dates starting this weekend and running until September 18. The program includes performances by the normally sold out Vienna philharmonic and Berlin philharmonic orchestras. Alex Helmick talks with Barbara Higgs with the Lucerne Festival.
Summer Festivals 2010: Classic music stars play in Montreux, Vevey Thursday, 26 August, 2010The Septembre Musical is a classic music festival with some of the biggest stars in the field, starting this weekend and running until September 12 in Montreux with some performances in Vevey. Alex Helmick talks to Tobias Richter, Director of the Septembre Musical.
Summer Festivals 2010: Dancing, singing and performing in Geneva Wednesday, 25 August, 2010The La Bâtie festival in Geneva features dance performances, concerts and plays in 20 different locations throughout the city. It starts September 3 and runs through to September 18. Alex Helmick talks to Sarah Margot Calame from the festival.
Summer Festivals 2010: A festival for a good cause Tuesday, 24 August, 2010The Terre des Hommes festival in the canton of Valais offers a good time all for a good cause. Alex Helmick talks to Pauline Weber with the festival and La Maison, a charity that will receive the procedes of the fest.
Summer Festivals 2010: The best of police bands and more Monday, 23 August, 2010The Zurich Police Music Festival takes place from September 1 to 4 and will feature the best in police bands and music from other performers as well. Alex Helmick talks to Brigitte Vogt who is part of the organizing committee for the Zurich Police Music Festival.
Summer Festivals 2010: Vlad Maistorovici—violinist, composer Friday, 20 August, 2010Vlad Maistorovici is a talented violinist and composer. He’ll be playing the Jardins Musicaux in Cernier, just outside Neuchâtel on Friday night. On Sunday, he’ll be at the St Prex festival, just outside Lausanne. WRS’s Alex Helmick talks to Maistorovici.
Summer Festivals 2010: A spectacle in Zurich Thursday, 19 August, 2010The Zurich Theater Spectacle is often called one of the most important European festivals for performing arts. It starts today and runs until September 5. WRS’s Alex Helmick talks to Sandro Lunin, artistic director of the festival.
Summer Festivals 2010: Bands get noisy in Lausanne Wednesday, 18 August, 2010The For Noise festival in Lausanne is drawing in some big names this weekend. In the past it’s hosted world famous acts such as Jarvis Cocker and Dinosaur Jr, along with a host of bands big on the indie and rock circuits. WRS’s Alex Helmick talks to Anya della Croce from the festival to get a snapshot of what to expect from this year’s lineup.
Summer Festivals 2010: Gliding above Lake Geneva Tuesday, 17 August, 2010Paragliding professionals will take to the skies for a chance to win top honors at Sonchaux Acro Show 2010 in the Lake Geneva region. WRS’s Alex Helmick talks to Helen Leroy from the Acro Show.