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Guide to the Baltic Sea Festival


August 22nd – September 1st 2018

Baltic Sea Festival – for inner and outer well-being Baltic Sea Festival was founded in 2003 by Michael Tydén former director of Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor and composer and Valery Gergiev, conductor and director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

The Baltic Sea Festival operates in three main areas in order to create a better future for the Baltic Sea region. We believe that music can serve as a good platform, and that it can initiate discussions that can solve large and difficult questions. Environmental issues in the Baltic Sea can only be solved jointly. For such calls to be successful it requires good leaders who can get things done, and point out the right way.

Berwaldhallen, the concert hall of the Swedish Radio, offers world class classical music during the Baltic Sea Festival. Over the years, audiences in Berwaldhallen have been invited to performances by, among others, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Helsingfors Stadsorkester, Musica Vitae, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Choir, and conductors have included Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valery Gergiev, Susnna Mälkki,  Paavo Järvi, Daniel Harding and Peter Dijkstra. 
The opera, theatre, and festival director Peter Sellars has directed Oedipus Rex. Hillborgs Aeterna shows in music and film UN's sustainable 17 goals to transform our world. 

The environment in the Baltic Sea has deteriorated significantly. Large parts of the seabed are already dead, and it requires a stop of overfishing, reduced emissions, and clear guidelines for agriculture to save the Baltic Sea for future generations. One of the Baltic Sea Festival's major goals is to educate, create a debate around these issues for the future and highlight the measures to be taken. The difficult issues require strong leadership so that action will be taken as well as a democratic and long-term approach where profit and self-interest cannot prevail. An altruistic leadership is the only thing that can lead our region into the future. To create a bright future for our children, we need a unified Baltic Sea Region.

For full information please visit the Baltic Sea Festival site.

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StockholmGrand Opening: Mahler's Eighth

Grand Opening: Mahler's Eighth
Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Swedish Radio Choir; Eric Ericson Chamber Choir; Mikaeli Chamber Choir; St Jacob's Chamber Choir

StockholmBaltic Anniversary

Baltic Anniversary
Martinů, Vasks, Tüür, Bartók
Sinfonietta Rīga; Normunds Šnē; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Marc Bouchkov

StockholmVerdi's Requiem

Verdi's Requiem
Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Royal Swedish Orchestra; Domingo Hindoyan; Royal Swedish Choir; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Christina Nilsson; Miriam Treichl

StockholmA Swedish Jazz Legend: Jan Johannson

A Swedish Jazz Legend: Jan Johannson
Lennart Åberg; Georg Riedel; Rita Marcotulli; Hannah Holgersson; Amanda Sedgwick

StockholmThe Firebird and Petrushka

The Firebird and Petrushka
Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra; Valery Gergiev