New Horizons Theme 2018: North Around the Baltic Sea

The 2018 theme for Classical Days is “New Horizons” with the subtitle “North Around the Baltic Sea”, celebrating the 100 years of independence of the Baltic countries, our common Nordic / Baltic ties and the ocean that connects us.

“North Around the Baltic Sea” manifests itself as current concert projects in eight Nordic and Baltic countries, where Classical Days collaborate with a trinity of artistic leaders from Nordic festivals:

  • O / Modern Festival in Stockholm, Sweden by Artistic Director, Violinist Hugo Ticciati
  • RUSK Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad, Finland by Artistic Director, Clarinetist Christoffer Sundqvist
  • Classical Days – Holstebro International Music Festival, Denmark v / artistic director, whistler Janne Thomsen

The cooperation will highlight some of the many ties and shared history that connect the Nordic countries with the Baltic States. The celebration of the 100 years of independence for the Baltic States in 2018 is something we, as Nordic nations, especially should support.

Eight new musical works

The musical celebration features eight new commissioned works from composers from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Norway performed in selected countries. The works represent a wide range of styles: Avant-garde, minimalist, jazz-inspired, Nordic / Baltic folk music by composers such as Errki-Sven Tüür, Raminta Serksnyte, Anna-Lena Laurin and Lotta Wennäskoski.

The main focus is chamber music for strings, winds and piano.The three Nordic festivals was in November 2016 entitled “North Around the Baltic Sea” was selected as one of five cultural projects in the Nordic Baltic Festival Platform in Vilnius. In May 2017, the joint project was further awarded support from NordicCulturePoint, thus making it possible to implement the project.

Extended regional cooperation

On the home front, Classical Days strengthens a regional axis in collaboration with the “City of Sound” in Struer, via Holstebro to Herning, which, with the newly inaugurated freeway, means that the towns have come closer to each other in physical time creating closer ties to The Boys Choir of Herning and Ensemble MidtVest.

As in previous years, DUEN and festival soloists also give concerts east or south of Holstebro, and another axis goes from Holstebro Art Museum via manor house Nr. Vosborg next to the “Strandingsmuseum St. George” at the west coast.

The dynamic Orchestra Mid-West performs in three different venues across the region.

Local talents

The Danish Academy of Young Talents med det nye campus vil være på banen med spændende tværfaglige projekter, lige som vi har styrket forbindelsen med Holstebro Gymnasium.

The festival’s pedagogical consultant and renowned entertainer Sigurd Barrett is on track again with 500 school children from Holstebro, The Royal Theaters Ballet School and the Youth Orchestra MiVU (Midwest Youth Symphony).

Meanwhile Denmark’s national orchestra of young talents, DUEN (The Danish Youth Ensemble) continues its residency, with public master classes in collaboration with professor, Kristian Steenstrup from The Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Modern dance is represented by a new choreography by Marie Brolin-Tani and Black Box Dance Company accompanied by festival soloists.

The renowned jazz drummer Associated Professor Anders Mogensen returns from The Carl Nielsen Academy to his hometown, this time with his own ensemble, and opens for another approach to classical music through jazz and folk music

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