Concordia Language Villages Co-Sponsors Exhibit
Feb 09, 2009
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The American Swedish Institute, Concordia Language Villages, and Nisswa-stämman Co-sponsor Photography Exhibit Folkmusik Stills
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Nisswa-stämman, Minnesota’s premier Scandinavian folk music festival, the American Swedish Institute, Concordia Language Villages and Nisswa-stämman are sponsoring Folkmusik Stills, an exhibit of 40 photographs by photographer John Erickson. Each summer, Erickson captures the beauty and energy that takes place at the festival in Nisswa, Minn –this year the music festival is on June 12 and 13. This photography collection captures the perception that the two “pillars of the stämman” are music and dance. The exhibit will be on display at the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. in Minneapolis, from Feb. 25 through March 29, 2009. The exhibit is included with museum admission: $6, $5 ages 62+, $4 ages 6–18 and students with valid ID.
An opening reception and silent auction will take place at the American Swedish Institute from 5–7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27. Included in the silent auction will be all 40 of the photos that are part of the exhibit. Admission to the reception and silent auction is free. A musical performance by Nisswa-stämman folk musicians follows at 7 p.m. The performers include the ASI Spelmanslag, Scandium, Kip Peltoniemi, Paul Wilson, Mary Abendroth, and Skål Klubben Spelmanslag. Reservations for the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and students with an ID. Call (612) 871-4907 to reserve your tickets or for more information visit www.americanswedishinst.org.
About the sponsors: Nisswa-stämman takes its name from its hometown, Nisswa, and stämman, the Swedish word for a gathering of folk musicians. Each year it brings together musicians from throughout Scandinavian America and all five Nordic countries. Under the direction of Skål Klubben members, Paul Wilson and Mary Abendroth, it has become the largest annual gathering of traditional Scandinavian folk musicians in the Midwest, enlivening the Minnesota north woods the second Friday and Saturday each June.
Concordia Language Villages has become the premier language and cultural immersion program in the United States. Annually enrolling approximately 9,500 young people and 1,500 adults, Concordia Language Villages offers sessions from one weekend to four weeks for language learners with skills from beginning to advanced. Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish are among the 15 languages it offers.
The American Swedish Institute (ASI), one of the principal museums and cultural centers in Swedish America, serves as a prominent link between especially Sweden and Swedish America. ASI also regularly hosts cultural events from other Nordic communities.
The events on the evening of Friday, Feb. 27, will benefit these three important institutions — the American Swedish Institute, Concordia Language Villages, and Nisswa-stämman. All three of the evening’s sponsors serve as critical cultural links between America and Scandinavia. Join us to celebrate Scandinavian American vitality and the important ties between these institutions and the Nordic countries.