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Svensk musik och dans - Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag & East Metro Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Svensk musik och dans (Swedish Music and Dance)
Celebrating Swedish Classical and Folk Music

Gather at ASI for a concert by the East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO) featuring new music by Swedish composers, the talents of the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag (celebrating its 20th year) and dancing by the Twin Cities Swedish Folkdancers (celebrating their 100th year).  The nyckelharpa has its roots in the Uppland countryside around Uppsala.

At 7 p.m. on the evening of May 23 following the concert, refreshments will be served in ASI's Community Gallery where an exhibition of paintings by Uppsala artist Gertrud Anderberg will be on display. The reception will celebrate both the concert and the exhibit.

  • The EMSO is a community orchestra based in the Twin Cities east metro, made up of volunteer avocational musicians led by music director and conductor, Dr. Elizabeth Prielozny Barnes. EMSO performs four to five concerts each season and strive to both educate and inspire our members and audience through thoughtful collaborations with local artists and organizations, unique programming, special educational partnerships, and programs for seniors.
  • The Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag (Key Fiddle Group) was formed in 1998 to practice and perform Swedish folk music. Their repertoire is drawn mostly from folk tunes in Uppland, Sweden, where the nyckelharpa tradition has its roots. Whether leading a procession, playing for dancing, performing in concert or providing focus for special events, the TC Nyckelharpalag enthusiastically carries on Swedish traditions through music. In performance members of the group wear folk-dräkt, folk costumes modeled after clothing worn on special occasions in the 19th century.
  • The Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers were founded in 1918 by six couples from Sweden or of Swedish descent. In 1930, this original group, The Folk Dancers Club, under the leadership of Linnea Olson Swanson merged with the Minneapolis Folk Dance Club under the leadership of Uno Larson to form the Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers. Elise Peters, our current artistic director, has led the group since 1999.Our repertoire includes gammaldans—the basics including waltzes, shottises, and hambos; byggdedans—polskas in many variations; and choreographed dances from the 19th century. The current membership is a diverse group of individuals who come together to celebrate the Swedish culture through traditional dances.

If you can't make the Wednesday night concert, it will also be performed earlier in the week, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20,  at Augustana Lutheran Church, 1400 S. Robert Street in W. St. Paul.  Free will donations accepted.


EMSO Orchestra
East Metro Symphony Orchestra


Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag
Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag
$15 General Admission / $10 ASI Members


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