The final concert of the O/Modernt festival is dedicated to the string orchestra, and on June 16 it will feature works by Richard Strauss, Arvo Part and Peteris Vasks. At the center of the final concert is the premiere of Peteris Vasks’ Second Violin Concerto “Evening Light” with soloist Hugo Ticciati.
O/Modernt’s creative adventure is now ten years old, and to celebrate that milestone it seemed fitting, especially in the wake of the past year of distance and isolation, to put together a set of festival concerts that would shine a light on our core principles of self-expressive, fulfilled togetherness.
As initiated a decade ago by Hugo Ticciati, the founding principle of O/Modernt is summed up in our name, which translates into English as ‘Un/Modern’. Combining old and new in unexpected ways, O/Modernt rejoices in reimagining the arts to make connections that span times, cultures and peoples: exploring musical and artistic links between the contemporary world and the cultures of previous epochs, bringing together people from all walks of life, and re/connecting people with themselves by promoting active, imaginative engagement with all the senses.
Outward-looking, inclusive and passionate about breaking down boundaries, O/Modernt’s motto is borrowed from John Cage: Invent the past. Revise the future. Making this year’s festival a microcosm of everything O/Modernt stands for, we decided to reframe our own ten-year history by putting together a series of concerts that reinvent some elements from our most notable past programmes, placing them in new juxtapositions and uncoiling new thematic threads – all complemented by a number of world and Swedish premieres. As always, O/Modernt looks backwards to find the inspiration that will allow us, individually and collectively, to look ahead to a future that is reinvented with creative energy, confidence and a sense of freedom.