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Augustana activities related to 'ABBA: The Concert'

August  14, 2012

Augustana College, founded by Swedish settlers in 1860, will host a weekend of activities related to ABBA: The Concert, the Quad City Symphony's Riverfront Pops concert Sept. 8. 

ABBA the Concert features members of the original ABBA performing the music of one of the greatest pop phenomenons of all time, including "Mamma Mia," "Waterloo," and "Dancing Queen." The concert concludes with fireworks.

Online registration is available for each event, or for the entire schedule. A package of all activities costs $95 per person ($15 more if purchased separately). Some events may be subject to change. For details, contact Kelly Noack at (309) 794-7575 or


Friday, Sept. 7

6:30 p.m., Swedish dinner and lecture, Wilson Center, Augustana College. A reception will be followed by a Swedish-themed dinner. Dr. Dag Blanck, director of Augustana's Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, will speak on Sweden's impact on American popular culture. Cost is $30 per person.

Saturday, Sept. 8

8:30 a.m., Breakfast with ABBA, Wilson Center, Augustana College. In conjunction with a Swedish pancake breakfast, two members of ABBA's original rhythm section will take part in an informal conversation about life with ABBA in the 1970s. They'll also discuss the genesis of ABBA: The Concert. Cost is $20 per person.

10:30 a.m., Campus tour of Evald Hall, Wallenberg Hall and the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center with an overview of its programs

11:30 a.m., Bus tour to Bishop Hill and Andover, Ill., with lunch. The group will travel 30 miles south and decades back in time to explore Bishop Hill, the colony established by Swedish dissident Erik Jansson in the 19th century. Many of the original buildings have been preserved, and today Bishop Hill is home to shops, restaurants and the national archives of the Vasa Order of America. After lunch at P.L. Johnson's Restaurant, the group will return via Andover, for a stop at the Jenny Lind Chapel and Augustana Lutheran Church, the "mother church" of the Augustana Synod. Cost of the bus tour and lunch is $25.

3:30 p.m., Return to campus. The group will a take a brief break before heading off to one of the Quad Cities' grandest traditions, the Riverfront Pops in Davenport's LeClaire Park. Out-of-town alumni may choose to stay at the restored Hotel Blackhawk or at the Radisson Quad City Plaza (where Sweden's H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Sylvia stayed during their last visit).

5 p.m., 30th annual Riverfront Pops, ABBA: The Concert. The Augustana group will have a reserved seating area, snacks and tickets for complimentary beer or wine. Cost is $35. Concert-goers should bring chairs or a blanket to sit on as seating is limited; coolers with additional food/drinks are allowed. While ABBA: The Concert makes up the major portion of the program, the Pops concludes with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and fireworks over the Mississippi. For any late-nighters in the group, there'll be time for a nightcap at the elegant Bix Bistro.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833