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August Performance: Cosying up to Charlottenborg’s classical charm

Ben Hamilton (unless stated)
July 23rd, 2017

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Presenting 12 nights of classical music every summer for an eternity (photo: Derek Gleeson)

Since 1969, this classical chamber music festival, mainly performed by young upcoming talents, has been delighting audiences at Charlottenborg Festsal, and this year there are 13 concerts over 12 days with plenty to get excited about

Featuring both classical and modern compositions, some of the concerts are free, while others tend to cost no more than 100 kroner to enter.

One night that never fails to deliver features young prize winners from various national music competitions. Starting at 19:30 on August 4, the program includes Handel and Bach.

And two days later, long-time event organiser Poul Rosenbaum is in action himself, performing in a piano duo.

Aug 1-6; Helsingør & Helsingborg, Sweden; free adm; passagefestival.nu

This international street theatre festival is unique. Taking over various locations, in residential areas as well as on the main street, the performers will turn the whole city into one big stage. (PS)

Shakespeare Festival
Aug 1-23; Kronborg Castle, Helsingør; hamletscenen.dk

As if the puppet shows and Hamlet shows aren’t enough, the castle has squeezed in an open-air screening of the 1994 film Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Aug 20) and a Japanese group’s Hamlet sequel, Ophelia – Noh (Aug 22-23).

Chopin Danser
Aug 2-4; Opera House foyer, Ekvipagemestervej 10, Cph K; 80-210kr; 60 mins

Choreographer Tim Rushton shares his fascination with the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin in the company of classical pianist Tanja Zapolski and Dansk Danseteater. Conversation, choreography and Chopin!

Open Air Opera
Aug 5; Gilleleje; free adm; copenhagenet.dk

A must for all opera lovers, this annual event sees the Royal Theatre tour the country promoting their next season. Bring a picnic and wine and stay tuned for news of a possible date in Gentofte. No confirmation at the time of going to press!

CPH Summer Dance
Aug 7-13, 20:30, Aug 12-13, 14:30; Politigården, Niels Brocks Gade, Cph V; free adm, seat reservations 40-80kr; danskdanseteater.dk

The Copenhagen Police Headquarters provides an arresting backdrop for 90 awe-inspiring minutes of modern dance. This is a true highlight of the contemporary dance year. (PS)


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