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

"All the Roaring 20s"

Artistic Director: Cecilia Zilliacus

2020 — we have now entered a new decade, a new 20s, the "twentiest" twenties ever! Will they be as “roaring” as we say the 1920s were? What kind of character will be attributed to the new decade, and how will we remember it? Will these be the years when we saved the climate and the world? And what was it like in the previous 20s, the 1820s, the 1720s, the 1620s and so on? What music was 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. This summer, it will be played by the Spanish string ensemble Cuarteto Quiroga with cellist Kati Raitinen. The Quiroga quartet will also perform pieces rarely heard this far north by composers Arriaga and Turina.

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, pianist Anna Laakso and Norwegian viola player Henninge Landaas (former member of the Vertavo Quartet!) will also take part in the festival!

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. Cuarteto Quiroga will indulge us with the outstanding String Quartet Opus 132, which includes the famous movement Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der Lydischen Tonart.

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

Stockholm Singers will perform choral music from the early Middle Ages up to the present.