Festival O/MODƏRNT

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For centuries the past has been the source of inspiration for artists, not least those dedicated to the craft of musical composition. It was merely the idea of Greek music and the role that it purportedly played in ancient society that gave birth, at the turn of the seventeenth century, to the most extravagant of all genres, opera.

Festival O/MODƏRNT celebrates this “looking back” to the past by exploring the relationships between the work of old composers and the artistic and intellectual creations of modern culture, be it in music, art, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, academia and so forth.

Each year a single composer closely contemporary with the period when the Ulriksdals Palace Theatre Confidencen first rose to life will be the guiding spirit of the festival.

The fifth edition of Festival O/MODERNT is inspired by the muse of Domenico Scarlatti. Virtuosic, extravagant and flamboyant, Domenico’s sonatas for solo keyboard are delightful musical journeys in two halves. Full of astonishing variety, these miniature works probe the world of binary form, setting off through harmonic space to discover far-flung places before returning home. For Festival O/MODERNT 2015 Scarlatti the younger’s ‘ingenious jesting with art’ is showcased alongside the operatic genius of his father, Alessandro. And that is why this summer’s weeklong voyage through music, art and literature is doubly guided by the idea of the TWOFOLD.

Ulriksdals Castle Theatre, Confidencen
Ulriksdals Castle Theatre, Confidencen is the oldest Rococo theatre in Sweden, situated in the heart of Sweden’s first National City Park. Amidst idyllic gardens, rare flora and fauna, and a Royal Palace, visitors come to breathe the air of a bygone era.
FROM RIDING SCHOOL HOUSE TO THEATRE
Built in 1670 the structure where the theatre now stands was used as a riding school house. Early in the eighteenth century the braying of horses was supplanted by drinking songs, as the building became a tavern. It was only in 1753, under the spirited gaze of Queen Lovisa Ulrika (1720-82), that the architect Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz transformed the building into a theatre. Confidencen, as the theatre was called, soon became a theatrical haven, the home of King Gustav III and the great Swedish composer Carl Michael Bellman.
The auditorium was embellished in rococo style, seating just over two hundred spectators. Alongside the auditorium an elegant suite of rooms was furnished for use by the Royal Family and their guests. The largest of the rooms was equipped with a “table à confidence,” a table that could be lowered down through the floor into the cellar and raised again to expectant dinner guests; hence the name.
For its first forty years Confidencen housed the theatrical extravaganza of singers, dancers, actors, musicians, composers from all of Europe. The young Crown Prince Gustav, later King Gustav III, took his first lessons in the art of theatre and later directed and acted in plays he himself had written. With the assassination of the King in 1792, however, the theatre at Ulriksdal closed its doors and was soon forgotten. It was only with the rediscovery of the Drottningholm Theatre in 1921, that eyes turned towards this forgotten jewel. In 1935, Confidencen was selected a building of historic interest and forty years later, the Foundation Ulriksdals Slottsteater was started.
KJERSTIN DELLERT
In 1976 the renowned Swedish opera singer Kjerstin Dellert took on the mantle of restoring the theatre. And here it stands today as a tribute to her tireless work, unfailing love and unrelenting perseverance, hosting a summer of theatre, opera, ballet and chamber music. Kjerstin Dellert has re-kindled in every nook and cranny of the theatre the spirit and soul of a forgotten age, leaving Stockholm the unforgettable legacy of its theatrical past.

Music Program

Friday 12 June, 6 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER
SCARLATTI SWINGS
PAULINA PFEIFFER soprano
KAROLINA BLIXT mezzosoprano
SOPHIE DUNÉR song
BRAM VAN SAMBEEK bassoon
OLIVIER DARBELLAY horn
SVANTE HENRYSON electric bass
YURI HONING saxophone
JANNE RÄTTYÄ accordion
NICK VAN BLOSS piano
SVEN FIGEE Hammond organ
MARIJN KORFF DE GIDTS percussion
JOHAN BRIDGER percussion
JOOST LIJBAART percussion
MARK TATLOW conductor
EDERSON RODRIGUES XAVIER dancer
WIJNAND VAN KLAVEREN composer
JOHANNES MARMÉN composer
O/MODƏRNT KAMMARORKESTER
A newly composed opera-ballet by Wijnand van Klaveren interweaves Alessandro Scarlatti’s Griselda, based on a story from the Decameron of Boccaccio, with themes from Domenico’s keyboard sonatas and some modern interludes.
In the illness now known as bipolar disorder the dark side of twoness manifests itself as a disruptive bifurcation. Over the centuries and under a host of different names, many of the world’s great creative minds have experienced this condition. The second part of this evening’s programme is devoted to works by composers who have felt its influence and to texts set to music that deal directly and indirectly with the conflicting energies associated with bipolarity.
Works performed include Schumann’s Symphonic Études. Bringing us right up to the present day, the O/MODƏRNT Chamber Orchestra will present richly coloured arrangements of songs by R.E.M., Nirvana, The Beach Boys, Irving Berlin, Charles Mingus and Charlie Parker.

Saturday 13 June 6 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER
SHAKESPEARE RAPPED, SCARLATTI SAMPLED
YURI HONING saxophone
HUGO TICCIATI violin
JOHANNES MARMÉN violin
HANNA DAHLKVIST cello
SVANTE HENRYSON bass
JOOST LIJBAART percussion
JANNE RÄTTYÄ accordion
HENRIK MÅWE piano
DIANA KETLER piano
ALEXANDER OLIVER reciter
BABA ISRAEL rapper
ELO MASING composer
CHARLIE BARBER composer
Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
Sings this to thee, ‘Thou single wilt prove none.’
This couplet comes at the end of Shakespeare’s eighth sonnet which is about unity in multiplicity – in music as in life. Shakespeare’s couplet artistry combines with the binary shape of Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas to provide the creative spark for this evening’s concert. In true O/MODƏRNT fashion, oneness of spirit guides the manifold encounter of a rap artist, an actor, improvised jazz, the amazing Terry Riley, Pink Floyd, Mendelssohn and some experimental composers.

Sunday 14 June 3 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER – Lecture-recital (in English)
TRUTH IN MADNESS
FILIPPO FAES piano
From Romanticism to Zen via quantum mechanics … or how to split perception in two and find insight in-between. This is a skill taught by the sages of the Native American Yaqui and practised in the music of Schumann. It will be the subject of this fascinating lecture-cum-recital by Filippo Faes.
Musical illustrations include Schumann’s ‘Vogel als Prophet’ from Waldszenen and keyboard works by Domenico Scarlatti.

DER DOPPELGÄNGER: SCARLATTI IN A MIRROR
ANNA LARSSON mezzosoprano
HUGO TICCIATI violin
BRAM VAN SAMBEEK bassoon
OLIVIER DARBALLEY horn
JANNE RÄTTYÄ accordion
DIANA KETLER piano
MIYOKO SHIDA RIGOLO sanddornbalance
VOCES8
O/MODƏRNT KAMMARORKESTER
The second half being the first half played backwards (with a necessary touch of artistic licence!), this concert will be the enactment of a musical mirror, featuring works by both Scarlattis, Schubert, Bach, Byrd, Tavener and Machaut. The reflecting halves are magically separated by a twofold middle made up of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel and the mysterious balancing feats of Japanese Zen dancer, Miyoko Shida Rigolo.

Monday 15 juni 7 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER
NOT-MODERN AT O/MODƏRNT
BRAM VAN SAMBEEK bassoon
OLIVIER DARBELLAY horn
HUGO TICCIATI violin
DIANA KETLER piano
VICTORIA BORISOVA-OLLAS composer
O/MODƏRNT KAMMARORKESTER
Revelling in that which is ambiguously (un)modern, at FESTIVAL O/MODƏRNT we like to serve our classic works with a sprinkle of newness. To celebrate our fifth birthday, however, O/MODƏRNT 2015 will inaugurate a new tradition. Each year we will programme one concert of time-honoured works in their pure, original splendour. On the bill for the first in our Not-Modern series are Mozart Concertos, Brahms’ Horn Trio and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. After all that (but very much in line with this year’s twofold theme!), we couldn’t resist doubling back on ourselves and commissioning one brand-new work, not only to add a little contemporary spice to the occasion but also, we hope, to create a classic for the future.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Bassoon Concerto K. 191
Horn concerto K. 417
Victoria Borisova-Ollas
New Commission
Johannes Brahms
Horn Trio in E-flat op. 40
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Serenade for Strings in C major op. 48

Tuesday 16 June 7 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER
FROM THE TWOFOLD TO THE ONE
HUGO TICCIATI violin
HANNA DAHLKVIST cello
JANNE RÄTTYÄ accordion
EVELYN GLENNIE percussion
JOHAN BRIDGER percussion
THE SWEDISH WIND ENSEMBLE
KASPER DE ROO conductor
Percussionist extraordinaire Evelyn Glennie is joined by a group of music-making friends to take us on a journey from the dualities of Western thought to the peaceful, holistic unity of Eastern contemplation. En route we will be treated to virtuosic renditions of Scarlatti’s sonatas for two marimbas, Indian-inspired improvisations and musical utterances inspired by Zen aphorisms.
Works by Domenico Scarlatti, Sofia Gubaidulina, John Cage, Casy Cangelosi, John Tavener and Jules Massenet

Wednesday 17 June 7 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER
LET THERE BE MAN, WOMAN … AND FISH!
OLLI MUSTONEN piano
HUGO TICCIATI violin
PHILIPPE GRAFFIN violin
RAZVAN POPOVICI viola
CHRISTIAN POLTERA cello
RICK STOTIJN double bass
According to the Old Testament, God created man and woman. Later, in order to save every last species of living creature from the flood, he commanded Noah to take into the ark two of every kind of animal, male and female. The final concert in this year’s feast of pairs (matching, complementary, contrasting, fused in oneness or forever disparate) celebrates a vision of creation as twofold. Let there be jazz! The evening opens with Milhaud’s La création du monde, inspired by music heard on the streets of Harlem, and continues with Olli Mustonen’s Piano Quintet. Finally, FESTIVAL O/OMDƏRNT 2015 closes with Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and this year’s musical and artistic voyage of discovery brings us home again – refreshed, revitalised and already looking forward to next year!
Darius Milhaud
La création du monde, op. 81a
Olli Mustonen
Piano Quintet
Franz Schubert
The Trout Quintet