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  • HUGO TICCIATI

    A winding, musical journey with Nils Holgersson and O/Modernt New Generation Orchestra. The programme will be presented i August.

  • TODAY’S TALK FROM VILNIUS

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  • BALTIC SEA STUDIO

    Estrid Holm leads today’s broadcast

A MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH NILS HOLGERSSON / YOUNG MUSIC & SUSTAINABILITY

Sunday, September 12. Come along on a winding musical journey with Selma Lagerlöf’s storybook character Nils Holgersson! Young string ensemble O/Modernt New Generation Orchestra offers music from all the corners of the world, alongside young soloists and students from Lilla Akademien, led by violinist and conductor Hugo Ticciati. A cicerone guides the audience through the music, and the concert is aimed at children aged seven and older. Today’s talk, in which we’ll meet Marta Finkelštein and Sandra Galdikaite, both working with issues of young people’s creativity, and our relationship to the environment, is broadcast from the Modern Art Museum in Vilnius. All the talks of the festival are shown on a screen in Berwaldhallen, are in English, and can also be experienced on Berwaldhallen Play.

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  • 13:45

    BALTIC SEA STUDIO SEP 12 - DIGITAL BROADCAST

    The afternoon’s guests in the Baltic Sea studio are violinist Justina Auškelytė Rossi, Max Låke from Unga tankar om musik, Susanne Nyman, former chairman of the Selma Lagerlöf Society, Hugo Ticciati, Artistic Director of O/Modernt and Emma Nyberg, project manager of the Baltic Sea Festival. Today’s host is Estrid Holm. The broadcast is in English and starts at 13.45 CET.

  • 14:00

    YOUNG MUSIC & SUSTAINABILITY

    Berwaldhallen

    Today’s talk is broadcast from the Modern Art Museum in Vilnius, and focusses on young people’s thoughts on music and sustainability, with this year’s festival theme – rebirth – as the starting point. Is it possible to find sustainability models through music? In the talk, we meet Marta Finkelštein and Sandra Galdikaitė, who both work with issues concerning man’s relationship with music and nature. Marta Finkelštein is a pianist, Artistic Director of award-winning, young ensemble Synaesthesis, and a doctoral student at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In her project Forest. Sound Ecology, Finkelštein explores the relationship between man and nature in the Anthropocene era. Sandra Galdikaitė is an artist, and founder of 9 zuikiai, a network for young people with a focus on issues of culture and climate. Within the framework of the network, Galdikaite is a mentor for young people with dreams of working with art and sustainability.

    Participants

    • Marta Finkelštein (LT) is a pianist and Artistic Director of Lithuanian contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis, as well as a doctoral student at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, researching curating potential in music. Synaesthesis has performed at numerous festivals in Lithuania and abroad, as well as in different venues across Lithuania. Recently, the ensemble received the Young Artist Prize from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as the official title of the Vilnius City Ensemble, and the Ernst von Siemens foundation’s Ensemble Prize.

    • Sandra Galdikaitė (LT) is an artist and youth mentor. At the beginning of her music and video technologies studies in 2007, Sandra became a member of legendary KTU folk ensemble Nemunas. Audiovisual arts and journalism master studies in 2011 were the start of her work in Lithuanian TV broadcasting. Exploring content and culture’s impact on society, Sandra was looking for ways to find a ‘connecting language’ to help people dive into sustainability. This is why she founded the 9 zuikiai organization for young people who dream of acting, creating and empowering their talents through sustainable change.

    • Fredrik Wadström (SE) is a journalist at Swedish Radio’s culture department. For more than 25 years, he has worked with Russia and the former Soviet Union as his specialist area, and he was radio’s Moscow correspondent from 2008 to 2011.

  • 15:00

    A musical journey with Nils Holgersson

    Berwaldhallen

    Come along on a winding musical journey with Selma Lagerlöf’s storybook character Nils Holgersson! Young string ensemble O/Modernt New Generation Orchestra offers music from all the corners of the world, alongside young soloists and students from Lilla Akademien, led by violinist and conductor Hugo Ticciati. We meet masterpieces by George Gershwin, Astor Piazzolla and Benjamin Britten as well as folk music from Sweden, Ghana, Russia and China. A cicerone guides the audience through the music, and the concert is aimed at children aged seven and older.

     

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    Selma Lagerlöf’s Nils Holgersson was turned into a tiny tomte and travelled through Sweden on the back of a goose called Mårten. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils was originally a children’s geography book, but over the years it has become a classic that has been translated into many languages and is loved all over the world.

    Nils Holgerson and the O/Modernt ensemble will now be making a musical tour around the world. Together with conductor and violinist Hugo Ticciati, Nils embarks on an adventure to distant lands where he encounters many kinds of music. No goose is at their disposal, so the musicians make use of Nils’s magic flying potion.

    The journey begins in Sweden where Nils Holgersson is keen to learn about Swedish folk music. After a couple of folk tunes, he and the ensemble swiftly leave for the Americas where they become immersed in rapturous jazz standards and carnival rhythms.

    In Africa, Nils is enchanted by all the rhythms and beautiful melodies, among them is the lullaby Little One Mine, from Ghana. In China, Nils Holgersson discovers unfamiliar harmonies and instruments, and in India he dances to Ravi Shankar’s Raga Piloo.

    Back in Europe the well-travelled group acquaint themselves with Russian folk music, Italian romantic arias, French rustic dances and Viennese waltzes by, among others, Ivan Panitsky and Benjamin Britten.

    Nils Holgersson’s wonderful adventures end back in Sweden with ABBA, one of our best-known musical exports, and Nils and the young ensemble come together in a unison Thank You for the Music.

    Anna Hedelius

    Participants

    • As violinist, leader and conductor, Hugo Ticciati imbibes all possible forms of creativity, whether it be performing world premieres in the most prestigious venues around the world, improvising with monks in India, or devising innovative programmes for O/Modernt Orchestra and Festival which he founded in 2011. Alongside his passion to discover and learn from the music of previous epochs and non-western traditions, Hugo embraces the world of contemporary music. To date, over forty works have been written for and dedicated to him by a host of eminent composers, including Erkki-Sven Tüür, Pēteris Vasks, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Albert Schnelzer and Dobrinka Tabakova.

      As the Artistic Director of his own O/Modernt Orchestra, and Artistic Partner with Manchester Camerata, Hugo collaborates regularly with Kremerata Baltica, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra da Camera di Perugia. Most recently, he has been invited to work with Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

      Hugo frequently gives master-classes and lectures on music-related subjects both at Scandinavia’s leading specialist music school Lilla Akademien, where he holds the post of Deputy Artistic Director, and other educational institutions around the world.

    • Swedish soprano Emilia Utter Mangsbo made her debut at the Swedish Royal Opera in 2016 with the role Yniold in Pelléas et Mélisande, directed by Keith Warner. The same year she received the Eugen Hedberg Scholarship from The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Since then she has been singing in some of the finest venues for classical music in Stockholm including, among others, Drottningholm’s Baroque Ensemble. Before the Covid-19 Emilia made her London solo concert debut at The Victoria and Albert Museum. She has also performed as a soloist for the Swedish Royal family during the Lilla Akademien’s 70th birthday celebration of Carl XVI Gustav. Other engagements include projects with the South African orchestra MIAGI and Flen World Orchestra, which connects people from around the world along with their musical traditions. Emilia also composes her own songs and arrangements. In 2020 Emilia graduated from Royal College of Music in London, and at the start of the autumn 2021 she begins her second year to complete her Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music. In 2020 and 2021 she has been one of the scholars at Confidencen Opera & Music Academy, deepening her knowledge in baroque music.

       

    Programme

    • Till Far (Swedish Trad.)
      New Dehli (Swedish Trad.)

    • George Gershwin: Summertime (arr. David Lundblad)

    • Astor Piazzolla: Verano and Invierno Porteño from The Four Seasons
      Ary Barroso: Manha de carnaval (arr. Niklas Breman)
      Luiz Bonfa: Brazil (arr. Jesper Kviberg)

    • African drumming /arr. Jesper Kviber
      Ghana Trad. /arr. David Lundblad: Little One Mine

    • Havet Chang Hai skrattade (Chinese trad.)

    • Raga Piloo /arr. Niklas Breman

    • Ivan Panitsky: Variations on the Russian Folk Songs
      ‘Amidst the Dale So Wide and Even’ and ‘Shines the Crescent’

    • Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge:
      Romance
      Aria Italiana
      Bourée Classique
      Wiener Waltzer

    • ABBA: Thank you for the Music