Katrina Chamber Music Festival, August 11–15th, 2020

Photo: Emilia Amper

"All the Roaring 20s?!"

2020—we have now entered a new decade, a new 20s, the "twentiest" twenties ever! It certainly hasn’t started in a way any of us could have imagined. A virus has turned our lives upside down, and we’ve not yet seen the full implications of its ravages. Giving the current 20s the epithet “the roaring 20s”, as the 20s of a hundred years ago had, could now have a very different interpretation. Admittedly, many who experienced the early 1920s could not have imagined that their new decade would become known for its prosperity and cheer.

Hopefully, those who live in 2120 will talk about the “fantastic 2020s”, the important years when we saved the world — each other and the climate! At the time of writing, I continue to hope that we will be able to hold Katrina Festival 2020, at least in some form.

We will listen to music from the previous 20s, the 1920s, 1820s, the 1720s, the 1620s, etc. What music were created then? What music will the new 20s give us, and what music will sound in 2120? Composers Jesper Nordin, Kalevi Aho, Mats Larsson Gothe, Cecilia Diaz and others will give us a taste of the freshest creations in the musicsphere and a glimpse into the future.

In 2019, Katrina Chamber Music celebrated 20 years of spirited activity, thanks in large part to Rosi Djupsund, who has been the director all of these years. To recognize her 20 years of leadership, she was given her own “request concert” as a present, and one of her first, obvious requests was Franz Schubert's magnificent String Quintet in C major, written in 1828.

1520–2020: Finnish accordionist Janne Rättyä will play tango and Stravinsky as well as a newly composed piece by Kalevi Aho, and Swedish recorder player Anna Petrini will treat us to music as old as 500 years in addition to brand new tunes. At the Katrina Festival this summer, Anna will be collaborating for the first time with the award-winning folk musician Emilia Amper—baroque music and Swedish folk music in a stimulating combination. Perhaps a new concept for the coming 20s decade? Finnish soprano Tuuli Lindeberg ands pianist Anna Laakso.

2020: This year marks 250 years since the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven was born—the works he created during the 1820s, the so-called "late Beethoven" period, have come to be a concept of their own.

Estonian Sinfonietta Soloists will make a highly anticipated visit, sharing music from the 1720s, 1820s and 1920s.

Artistic Director: Cecilia Zilliacus





Tuesday, 11th  August 2020

10:00 Bagarstugan Café&Vin, Mariehamn (free adm.)
”Breakfast Meeting”
Cecilia Zilliacus (Artistic Director, violin), Tuuli Lindeberg (soprano), Janne Rättyä (accordion)

19:00 Sankt Göran's Church, Mariehamn (25/20 €)
“The best twenties of all time” OR “The all-time best twenties”
K. Aho – J.C. de Arriaga – G.F. Händel – E.W. Korngold – M. Larsson Gothe a.o.
Anna Laakso (harpsichord, piano), Tuuli Lindeberg (soprano), Anna Petrini (recorder), Kati Raitinen (cello), Janne Rättyä (accordion), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin)


Wednesday, 12th August 2020

10:00 Bagarstugan Café&Vin, Mariehamn (free adm.)
”Breakfast Meeting”
Cecilia Zilliacus (Artistic Director, violin), Anna Laakso (piano), Kati Raitinen (cello)

12:00 Sankt Göran's Church, Mariehamn (15/10 €)
”The mirror's eyes”
C. Diaz – F. Schubert
Anna Laakso (piano), Kati Raitinen (cello), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin)

19:00 Kastelholm Castle (20/15 €)
”Suites imaginaires”
G. Binchois – W. Brade – R. Guy/J.P. Pepusch/J. Nordin – P. Hindemith – I. Stravinsky – G.P. Telemann – J. van Eyck – K. Weill, Tuuli Lindeberg (soprano), Jesper Nordin (electronics), Anna Petrini (recorder), Kati Raitinen (cello), Janne Rättyä (accordion), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin)

21:30 Finström Church (20/15 €)
”Late night with late Schubert”
F. Schubert: String Quintet C Major, D 956


Thursday, 13th  August 2020

10:00 Bagarstugan Café&Vin, Mariehamn (free adm.)
”Breakfast Meeting”
Cecilia Zilliacus (Artistic Director, violin), Emilia Amper (keyed fiddle), Anna Petrini (recorder), Jesper Nordin (composer in residence, electronics)

12:00 The Åland Islands Art Museum, Mariehamn (admission, see www.konstmuseum.ax/en)
“Traditions in harmony”
M. Marais – J. Nordin (World Premiere) – E. Amper m.fl.
“There are many connections between what we call Swedish folk music and early music (music from 1200–1750). In this concert, we highlight some of them in the exchange of repertoire between Emilia Amper and Anna Petrini.”
Emilia Amper (keyed fiddle), Jesper Nordin (electronics), Anna Petrini (recorder)

15:00 Missionskyrkan, Mariehamn (15/10 €)
”Heiliger Dankgesang”
L.v. Beethoven: String Quartet in a minor, op. 132

19:00 Sankt Göran's Church, Mariehamn (20/15 €)
”Evening Prayer”
R. Clarke – C. Gardel/P. Haapanen (World Premiere) – G. Gurdieff – Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn – J. Turina
Anna Laakso (piano), Tuuli Lindeberg (soprano), Kati Raitinen (cello), Janne Rättyä (accordion), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin)


Friday 14th August 2020

10:00 Bagarstugan Café&Vin, Mariehamn (free adm.)
”Breakfast Meeting”
Cecilia Zilliacus (Artistic Director, violin), Katrina Chamber Music Festival; Rosi Djupsund (producer)

12:00 Sankt Göran's Church, Mariehamn (15/10 €)
”Vinden och trädet” ("The Wind and the Tree")
J. Brahms – E. Melartin – A. Pärt – T. Rangström
Anna Laakso (piano), Tuuli Lindeberg (soprano), Kati Raitinen (cello), Janne Rättyä (accordion), Cecilia Zilliacus (violin)

15:00 Ålands Institute of Music (ÅMI), Mariehamn (free adm.)
Masterclass Concert

19:00 Jomala Church (20/15 €)
H. Eller – P. Hindemith – F. Mendelssohn – N. Paganini – G. Tailleferre – G.P. Telemann – A. Vivaldi
Estonian Sinfonietta Soloists; Johannes Pölda (concertmaster)


Saturday, 15th August 2020

10:30 Alandica lobby, Mariehamn (25 €, inkl. brunch)
Brunch concert with conversation: “Hear the music! How?” How will we listen to music a hundred years from now, in 2120? How did music come to us one hundred, two hundred, three hundred… years ago?
Jesper Nordin (composer, Johannes Brusila (Professor in Musicology), Anna Laakso (piano), Anna Petrini (recorder), Cecilia Zilliacus (Artistic Director, violin)
S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté – F. Romitelli – M.T. von Paradis



MASTER CLASSES (solo & chamber music)



Cecilia Zilliacus (violin & chamber music)
Anna Laakso (piano & chamber music)
Kati Raitinen (cello & chamber music)
Janne Rättyä (accordion)

The Master Classes will take place at the Ålands Institute of Music (ÅMI). The fee 270 €/solo, 310 €/duo, 350 €/trio, 390 €/quartet includes three lessons, free admission to the concerts (if there are free seats), lunch and dinner on days of tuition.

Travels and accommodation: www.visitaland.com

Applications should be sent by May 24th 2020 to info@katrina.ax