Although there is an huge slate
of exciting events planned for 2011 in Sweden, many of our members here may not wish to
travel that far (or that expensively!). With that in mind, the Jussi Björling Society-USA
will host a commemorative conference in St. Peter, MN, at Gustavus Adolphus College, June
22-26 of 2011. We believe this will be the principal US celebration of Jussi's centennial,
and we are very enthusiastic about this opportunity to meet again in Jussi Björling Recital
Many of us have warm memories of
the JB Society conference held in St. Peter in 2001. Since then, we've been together in NY,
Sweden and Charleston, but the meeting at Gustavus Adolphus had many special qualities: we
were all together conveniently for meals, the events themselves were concentrated at the
College and we were treated to the warm hospitality of Jan and Anders Björling. This year,
Anders has again offered to host a party for attendees at his home, an exciting prospect
The conference plans are taking
shape and I hope you will be as excited as I am about a varied and entertaining program,
with engaging talks and good music. The great American baritone Sherrill Milnes will give
us a talk on “The Verdi baritone.” Mr. Milnes will be introduce by Barrett Crawford of the
Leonard Warren Foundation. Many of us remember Barry from his very fine talk at the New
Stephen Hastings will join us
again, always an exciting and illuminating prospect.
Harald Henrysson will present
his new huge JB database, encompassing the updated PHONOGRAPHY as well as the performance
Bengt Krantz, president of the
Scandinavian Sällskapet will travel over---a real bonus from friendship and vocal points of
Richard Copeman will represent
the Jussi Björling Appreciation Society and also share new insights about the March, 1960
London performance of La bohème.
Dan Shea and Seth Winner will
talk to us about the fantastic CD project your Society issued recently (through the good
offices of Fred Maroth of WHRA). We have reprinted the report of the Scandinavian Society’s
public presentation in the latest issue of the
We will have copies of Jacob
Forsell’s elegant new book about JB, THE MUSIC, THE MAN, THE PICTURES, as well as the
editor himself, carrying his grandfather’s notebooks and his own memories.
On Friday evening there will be
a concert in the Jussi Björling Recital Hall featuring the great mezzo soprano (and Royal
Court Singer) Ingrid Tobiasson, tenor Mats Carlsson and Sällskapet President/baritone
The conference will officially
close on Saturday evening with a gala dinner.
Just as some participants in the
2001 conference moved on to Santa Fe for other musical activities, it should be possible
for folks to arrange to travel together to San Francisco for the SFO "Ring"
Please note and ACT
The closest major
airport is Minneapolis International. From there, you can either rent a car and drive about
80 miles Southwest to St. Peter and Gustavus, or take the Land to air express shuttle. One
can either book a seat on-line at landtoairexpress.com
or by calling (507) 625-3977. Round-trip fare should be about $50 (but we’re still
negotiating for a better price!).
The costs for the 4
nights and 3 days at the College will be $450 per person.
Please forward a deposit
of $50 by April 1 to:
C/O Mr. Art Skantz
8317 West Franklin
St. Louis Park, MN
The balance should be
sent to Art by June 1, 2011.
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