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Programme

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10.7.
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Concert in the nearby region

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20.7.

The Art of Illusion

THE ART OF ILLUSION

If the twentieth century started with a futurist Utopia it went into the 21st century with a look back at the past, a self-defence mechanism against the pace of life and all the stresses of the modern age. And this is the seductive force of combining reality with illusion.

We would all trade a herbal tea in the Orwellian Ministry of Truth for a coffee in the company of Pulcinella. Even if Pulcinella were a non-existent citizen of the Republic of Venise. Or in the company of the greatest artists of illusion - Vermeer, Debussy, Nijinsky, Mozart, Verlaine, Marilyn, Osvaldo or Da Vinci and his smiling Madonna. Whoever loves the rat race can find it on every street corner of the global village. Whoever needs the noise of the news does not even have to seek it out – it will find you in this era of credible fake news. Is there any way out? Tear yourself away from the cell phone, tablet or laptop.
Stop time and detox with us for two weeks of music.

In December of 2019
Vladimir Mendelssohn
Artistic Director (2005–2021)

THE ILLUSION OF ART

Our friend Vladimir Mendelssohn had planned a festival programme for 2020 entitled 'The Art of Illusion'. Following the unexpected, sad news last summer, this inspirational programme fell into our laps to be finalised. Having understood the logistics it would call for, it very soon occurred to us that for all these years Vlady had not just given Kuhmo the art of illusion, but also, masterfully, the Illusion of Art.

Vlady himself was the embodiment of illusion while the festival was on. His easy-going manner (despite the extremely tight schedule), powers of concentration (with the phone constantly ringing in his pocket), his way of managing everything down to the finest detail, combined with his utter dedication (democratically shared between 120 performers) would clearly only work with someone who truly lives in the moment. He surely had enough of these moments to share – among us fellow-artists, our office colleagues and you, our ever-supportive audience.

This legacy is something we too want to keep alive: to cherish this oasis of diverse sounds, to deliver touching, even haunting experiences. And be they ever so small and fleeting, or ones that stay with you forever, let us allow them to awaken something we sorely need or have forgotten.

As to how those are created and what really goes on onstage – let that remain an illusion...

See you in Kuhmo!

Minna Pensola and Antti Tikkanen
Artistic Directors

Programme notes by Vladimir Mendelssohn, Minna Pensola and Antti Tikkanen unless otherwise stated.

1. 15.00 Kuhmo Arts Centre €28/21

Vladimir Mendelssohn memorial concert

'Song of the Birds', Catalonian Christmas song (arr. for piano quartet and overtone singer by Gareth Lubbe)


Béla Bartók (1881—1945):

Duos for two violins (1931)


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827):

Allegro molto, quasi presto from String Quartet, Op. 18/2 (1799)


Paul Hindemith (1895—1963):

Sonata in F, Op. 11/4 for viola and piano (1919)


Intermission


Kaija Saariaho (1952—):

Fleurs irrégulières for two violins


Wiljami Anttikainen (alias Vladimir Mendelssohn) (1949—2021):

Lupine for Antti and Minna, composed on a napkin at a pizzeria in Cividale 2017


Kaija Saariaho (1952—):

Fleurs à 3 ou 6 pétales for two violins


Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872—1958):

Lark Ascending for violin and orchestra (1914, arr. for solo violin, clarinet, French horn and string sextet Martin Gerigk)


George Enescu (1881—1955):

Romanian Rhapsody in A, Op. 11/1 (1901, transcription for string quartet)


2. 19.00 Kuhmo Arts Centre €38/28**

The Well tempered ear

W. A. Mozart (1756—1791):

Serenade in G, K. 525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' (1787)


Robert Schumann (1810—1856):

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat, Op. 47 (1842)


Intermission


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827):

Variations in E flat, WoO 46 on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen' from Mozart's opera Magic Flute for cello and piano (1801)


Johannes Brahms (1833—1897):

Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op. 8 (1853-54, rev. 1889)


Intermission


Franz Schubert (1797—1828):

Octet in F, D. 803 for clarinet, bassoon, French horn and string quintet (1824)