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Scandinavian Postcards

May 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

$12 – $15

Coronavirus Update: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have CANCELED our May 9th and June 14th concerts. We look forward to seeing you in the fall as we celebrate Beethoven's 250th Birthday!

Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center
6:30 pm Conductor Chat
7:30 pm Concert


with special guests Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag

BCO welcomes spring with a symphonic tour of Scandinavia. Scandinavia is located in Northern Europe and consists of five countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Each of the individual Scandinavian countries is unique in their heritage, folklore, language and music.

Picture beautiful fjords and rugged mountains as BCO travels through the music of composers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. In this concert you will enjoy the music of well-known composers such as Sibelius and Grieg, as well as being introduced to other accomplished Scandinavian artists, Franz Berwald and Carl Nielsen.



Franz Berwald: Symphony No. 3, 1 st mvmt: Sinfonie singuliere

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperaments”, II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico

arr. Daniel Kallman: Vals efter Anders Sahlström

Jean Sibelius: Valse Triste

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 2

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia

Special performance by The Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag

Fun Facts:

The most popular souvenir in Sweden is the commonly seen "moose-crossing" warning sign along roads in Sweden. Swedes replace thousands of these traffic signs each year.

Norway is just a little bit larger than the US state New Mexico and two-thirds of Norway are mountainous regions. Norway has almost 300 mountain peaks above 2,000 meters (over 6,500 feet) in height.

Sweden is known for innovation and inventions. It is the country that first offered the perfected zipper, the marine propeller, the fridge, the heart pacemaker and even created your computer mouse. Not to forget the much-loved discount furniture retailer IKEA and fashion from H&M.

In 1874–76, Grieg composed incidental music for the premiere of Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, at the request of the author - pictured. The opening movement, Morning, and In the Hall of the Mountain King have become staples of the concert repertoire and have featured in many TV advertisements.

Nielsen liked the pub. In fact, he had the inspiration for his Second Symphony, ‘The Four Temperaments’, while sitting in one. Nielsen went on to explain: ‘On the wall of the room where I was drinking a glass of beer with my wife and some friends hung an extremely comical colored picture, divided into four sections in which ‘the Temperaments’ were represented and furnished with titles: “The Choleric”, “The Sanguine", "The Melancholic" and "The Phlegmatic".

The Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag

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 group is based in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota and is affiliated with The American Swedish Institute. Membership is open to anyone that wishes to participate in TCNL activities on a regular basis.



Nyckelharpa is a Swedish word that roughly translates to key fiddle. The modern nyckelharpa is a chromatic instrument with 16 strings: three melody strings, one drone string and twelve resonant strings. Those twelve strings lie underneath the melody strings and vibrate sympathetically, giving the instrument a robust tone. A tangent attached to each key touches a string when the key is pushed, effectively “stopping” or fretting it to make a particular note. Players use a short bow with the right hand and push on the keys with the left.

For more information visit http://www.tcnyckelharpalag.org


Coronavirus Update: In light of COVID-19 and the logistical issues it brings, we have CANCELED our May 9th concert.


May 9, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$12 – $15


Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center
877 Bison Blvd
Buffalo, MN 55313 United States