Saturday August 12

Varberg Theater, 11 am

‘Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Journey’ (c.60mins)

An offer for Rachmaninov to perform a concert tour in Scandinavia in 1917 was effectively a passport to leave his native Russia and the turmoil of the October Revolution. From the safety of Stockholm and then Copenhagen Rachmaninov finally sailed from Oslo in 1918 in order to emigrate to America. He had also undergone a deeply troubling personal journey in the years before the war and after a fiercely critical reception to his 1st Symphony in 1897. It was with his astounding 2nd Symphony that he regained his symphonic voice in 1908. This is a unique opportunity to hear one of Rachmaninov’s most beloved works.


Sergey Rachmaninov    (1873-1943) – Symphony No.2 (arr.Farrington)

  • Largo – Allegro moderato
  • Allegro molto
  • Adagio
  • Allegro vivace


Artists: Change Festival Orchestra (Malin Broman, Daniel Frankel, Emma Nyman, Øyvor Volle, Annabelle Meare – Violin, Berit Cardas, Catherine Ribes – VIola, Jesper Svedberg, Bjørg Lewis – Cello, Rick Stotijn – Double bass, Sara Hammarström – Flute, Verity Gunning-Olsson – Oboe, Niklas Andersson – Clarinet, Anders Matell – Bassoon, Chris Parkes, Johan Ahlin – Horn, John Axelsson – Trumpet, Daniel Berg, Fredrik Duvling – Percussion, Simon Crawford-Phillips – Conductor)

Tickets: 130kr

Children up to 20 years old: 60kr



Varberg/Komedianten, 4 pm

‘The Voyager’ (c.60mins)

A revelatory concert of music that travels to other realms. The Estonian Arvo Pärt’s uniquely spiritual language flavours fragments of Mozart’s music in his Adagio for piano trio. The Italian Luciano Berio uses different fragments of Sicilian folk-song combined exotically with viola and percussion in his ‘Naturale’. Finally another Estonian composer Mirjam Tally takes us one step further into an electro-acoustic world and performs her own music ‘live’. A very special concert that will whet the appetite for the evening of folk-inspired music which follows.


Arvo Pärt (1935-) – Mozart-Adagio

Luciano Berio (1925-2003) – Naturale

Mirjam Tally (1976-) – “The Voyager”


Artists: Kungsbacka Piano Trio, Lawrence Power – Viola, Daniel Berg – Percussion, Mirjam Tally – Electronics


Tickets: 100kr

Children up to 20 years old: 40kr



Varberg Theater, 6 pm

‘Folk stories’ (c.120 mins with interval)

The Frenchman Maurice Ravel grew up in the Basque region of Spain, the Czech composer Bedrich Smetana moved to Gothenburg to establish his career, the Hungarian Ernst von Dohnanyi travelled throughout Europe and the US where he eventually lived and died and Osvaldo Golijov grew up in Argentina as a part of Jewish family that had emigrated from Romania. Four distinctive musical voices that have been deeply influenced by the folk music they encountered throughout their lives. All our festival ensembles join forces for this passionate and vibrant music.


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – Tzigane

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) – String Quartet No.1 (From My Life)

  • Allegro vivo appassionato
  • Allegro moderato à la Polka
  • Largo sostenuto
  • Vivace



Osvaldo Golijov (1960-) – Last Round

Ernst von Dohnányi (1877-1960) – Sextet Op.37

  • Allegro Appassianato
  • Intermezzo: Adagio
  • Allegro con sentiment
  • Finale: Allegro vivace, giocoso


Artists: Malin Broman – Violin, Simon Crawford-Phillips – Piano, Vertavo String Quartet, Øyvor Volle, Annabelle Meare, Malin William-Olsson, Emma Nyman – Violin, Berit Cardas, Catherine Ribes – Viola, Bjørg Lewis, Jesper Svedberg, Rick Stotijn, Niklas Andersson – Clarinet, Chris Parkes – Horn, Johannes Rostamo, Horn


Tickets: 130kr

Children up to 20 years old: 60kr


Day Tickets

Buy a package of all tickets for Saturdays concerts with a discount. The opening concert on August 10 is included.

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