Scandinavian Holiday @ the Library





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Published on Nov 22, 2011

Celebrate the season and enjoy the magical charm of Scandinavian holiday music at the Allen Public Library Civic Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 17. The audience will be treated to the ethereal sounds of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
Sponsored by Bach to Books and Wooden Spoon of Plano, this program is free.
Majoring in music and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Alan Beck plays the harmonica, chromatic accordion, bayan, diatomic accordion and munnharpe, and provides vocals. A natural storyteller, Beck will discuss Scandinavian holiday traditions which begin on December 13 and end on January 6. Honoring the Sami, the indigenous people of this region, Beck will perform a joik and tell a solstice story. The joik is believed to be the longest living musical tradition in Europe.
Proud of his Scandinavian heritage, Beck points out, "Scandinavian immigrants had a positive influence on America. They were staunch supporters of child labor laws and public schools for all children, regardless of income." An English language specialist for Lewisville ISD, Beck is also president of the NORDTEX Chapter of the Sons of Norway, which meets regularly at the Wooden Spoon of Plano, 1617 Avenue K.
Playing the chromatic accordion, Allen resident and virtuosi Vladimir Kalizine is a graduate of St. Petersburg Conservatory in St Petersburg, Russia and formerly accompanied the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia. Kalizine is a member of the bands Kalinka and Café Noir, participates in national tours, teaches music lessons and is a regular performer at Jorg's Cafe Vienna in Plano.

This duo will perform "Santa Lucia," "Jegersa Gladd""Julenissen" (Christmas Elf), "Nissen in the Barn" (a Norwegian Christmas song about rats that are trying to steal Christmas porridge), "Norskbondezlas" (Norwegian farmers waltz) and a Scandinavian Jewish holiday song.
David and Theodora "Teddy" Kekula will sing a duet of Finnish holiday favorites. Children of Finnish immigrants, David and Teddy are originally from Minnesota and are active in the Sons of Norway.
For information, call 214-509-4911. The Allen Public Library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen, TX, 75013.

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