Ja…the fjords will be alive with the sound of…Norwegian Men singing in harmony.
No, YLVIS isn’t coming to town (dammit) and we won’t find out what the “fox says”. BUT, if you love gorgy choral music sung by masculine Scandinavian He-Man types, you’ll want to check out the big SANGERFEST at McCaw Hall on Saturday, June 21st as robust singers from the West Coast gather in Seattle to joyously sing the praises of Norway. You can grab tickets HERE! (It’s VERY family friendly…bring the kids!)
Much more on this deliciously virile event!
Song is an important community tradition for Norwegians and what better way to experience this than to come listen to a Sangerfest at McCaw Hall! This will be the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association’s 105th first event in Everett in 1903. Over 100 singers from Norwegian men’s choirs up and down the West Coast will be on stage, along with Choppers Brass Quintet and several guest artists, including the Bel Canto Children’s Choir.
“The program will include a variety of classic Norwegian music,” said G Robert Johnston, director of the The Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle, “but you will also hear some contemporary English songs as well.” Mr. Johnston will also be joined by co-conductor, Dr. Alf Lunder Knudsen.
Seattle last hosted a Sangerfest in 2006, so this is the year to get a ticket!
• Sangerfest is the Norwegian word and spelling for a singer’s festival.
• The concert is Saturday, June 21, 2014, 7:00 pm, at McCaw Hall in Seattle Center. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Key Arena Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com. Telephone sales at 800-745-3000.
• Singers will be selling raffle tickets for $2 per ticket. The top prize is $1000 cash. Other prizes include a week in Sun Valley, Idaho, and a $750 prize package for fishermen, including a Mustad Team Series Silver Edition Titanium fishing rod.
The first Norwegian men’s chorus was organized in 1845, and the first Sangerfest held in 1851 in Asker, Norway. Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association (PCNSA) was founded in 1902. The first West Coast Sangerfest was hosted by the one-year-old Everett Norwegian Male Chorus in 1903. And as the motto says: Et syngende folk, et lykkelig folk, or A singing people, a happy people.